March 8, 2011 | | Leave a comment Cabbarrus College of Health Sciences, which is located in North Carolina, recently unveiled a new associates degree in pharmacy technology, the Charlotte Observer reports. Officials told the news provider that the program is a result from discussions with hospital and community pharmacy workers who identified that more professionals were needed in the industry. They added that the curriculum will involve 69 credits, which can be obtained through online, hybrid and traditional classroom courses. Students can also earn certificates in health services leadership for those who wish to pursue lead technician or management roles. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage for pharmacy technicians equates to $13.32. Students will work under licensed pharmacists and perform jobs such as packaging medications, preparing IV admixtures, helping dispense and deliver medications as well as maintaining patient profile records. The school also offers associates degrees in medical assisting, nursing, occupational therapy assistance, surgical technology and science. According to U.S. News and World Report, enrollment in online programs has increased by 832 percent over the past the past nine years.