National pharmacy technician day is October 20 and students at work demonstrate the growth and success of the health science certification programs.
Dripping Springs High School has offered a pharmacy technician program for many years. The program now provides students with the opportunity to be certified as pharmacy technicians by providing testing through the National Healthcareer Association. During the academic year, the pharmacy technician students complete an externship at local pharmacies. This externship is an excellent way for the students to gain real world experience. The exam pass rate at DSHS is 89%, well above the national average pass rate which is 62%.
This year has also seen growth of the biotechnology program, which has expanded from Biotechnology 1 to a four-course pathway including Biotechnology 1 & 2, Quality Assurance, and Internship. Biotechnology is a pathway of articulated credit and online courses provided by the Biotechnology Program at Austin Community College. Biotechnology 1 & 2 are courses taught at Dripping Springs high school that focus on hands-on training and application of biotechnologies used in the field. Quality Assurance is taken online through ACC and is housed at DSHS for the fall semester, followed by Internship in the spring where students are tasked with a TA-like role in the lab. Upon completion of these four courses, students are eligible for the Level One Biotechnician Certification given out by ACC that allows them to head straight into an entry position upon graduating high school.
photos by Riordan Tiller