Nonprofit opening free pharmacy tech school

January is usually a time when people reflect on the past and begin making plans for the future. For those Memphians who have “find a career” on their New Year’s resolution list, there’s an opportunity on the near horizon that might just help them fulfill their goal.

Good Shepherd Health, a Memphis-based non-profit pharmacy serving all Tennesseans, will open its free — yes, free of charge — Pharmacy Technician School this January.

“Because of its cost structure and flexibility, this Pharmacy Technician School is unlike any other existing program,” explained Will Singleterry, co-founder and chief operating officer for Good Shepherd Health.  “Good Shepherd Health will cover 100 percent of the tuition, book costs, and any other additional program fees for all participating students.”

Singleterry said that in this program, students can expect to spend approximately 40 hours per week in on-the-job technical training.

“The scheduling for this program is flexible to accommodate outside needs, so long as each student is dedicated,” added Singleterry. “Depending on how quickly each student progresses through the lesson plan, the entire program will take between three to six months. At the end of the program, students will be prepared to take the exam to become a certified pharmacy technician.”

The Pharmacy Tech School will take place at Good Shepherd’s pharmacy, located in the Hickory Ridge Mall at 6052 S. Hickory Ridge Mall Suite #148.

"Our goal here is to serve the Memphis community by making medicine affordable, and as we we're doing that, we realized we had another wonderful opportunity to help those who wanted to better themselves,” said Dr. Phil Baker, co-founder and CEO of Good Shepherd Health. “Most of the training for a pharmacy technician can be accomplished with on-the-job training. Training technicians has been something I have done often as a lead pharmacist throughout the years. So we thought, 'Why not make this a formal process?'”

The first round of students will begin training on Jan. 23. The interview process is taking place now and will continue throughout January. To apply, email your resume and a brief paragraph on why you want to train as a pharmacy tech to Singleterry at will@goodshephealth.com.

Good Shepherd Health is a membership pharmacy with a non-profit entity, serving uninsured and insured Tennesseans alike. Members either receive medications at cost with no additional markups or for completely free, depending on income level. On average, members save 60-90 percent every month. Membership plans are $30 per month for an individual or $50 per month for a family. A portion of these plans goes toward sponsoring a low-income member that cannot afford membership fees.

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