Health Technology Schools in Raleigh, NC with Program Options

Nov 10, 2018

The Raleigh, NC, area has at least 8 schools within 50 miles of downtown that offer health technology programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Raleigh, NC, Schools with Health Technology Programs

This article looks at the three schools within about an hour's drive from downtown Raleigh that offer health technology-related programs in several areas. Following introductory information about the schools and their various program options is a table of facts about these institutions. Enrollment, tuition and the graduation rate are among the facts this table showcases in a way that makes it easy to compare these schools.

  • Durham Technical Community College offers an associate's degree program in dental laboratory technology. It offers an associate's degree and a diploma program in pharmacy technology. A diploma in surgical technology is also an option at this school, which is almost 18 miles from downtown Raleigh.
  • Vance - Granville Community College, nearly 40 miles from Raleigh's downtown, has a diploma program in pharmacy technology.
  • Wake Technical Community College awards associate's degrees in pharmacy technology and medical laboratory technology. It offers diploma programs in pharmacy technology. This school is about 5 miles from the heart of Raleigh.

Comparison of Schools

Students who are deciding on a school need to be aware of several factors. The following table displays important statistics about these institutions that can help these students figure out which is their best choice.

Durham Technical Community College Vance - Granville Community College Wake Technical Community College
School Type* 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 5,415 3,329 22,494
Campus Setting* Large city Distant town Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $1,958 in-state; $6,566 out-of-state $1,948 in-state; $6,556 out-of-state $2,768 in-state; $8,912 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)* 80% 77% 44%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission
Retention Rate (2016-2017)* 61% for full-time students; 49% for part-time students 65% for full-time students; 53% for part-time students 70% for full-time students; 53% for part-time students
Graduation Rate for Students Who Began in 2014* 15% (31% transfer-out rate) 34% (11% transfer-out rate) 16% (24% transfer-out rate)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Durham Technical Community College

All health technology programs offered at this school provide students with theoretical concept courses and professional hands-on skills development.

Pharmacy Technology Diploma

This program requires students to complete 39-42 semester hours. Courses include pharmacy calculations, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, sterile products, pharmacy trends and writing and inquiry. Students will also complete professional practice and a pharmacy clinical.

Surgical Technology Diploma

Students who graduate from this program qualify to sit for the National Board on Certification in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting's (NBSTSA) surgical technologist certification exam. Courses cover anatomy, physiology, patient care, clinical procedures and surgical technology basics. Students must also participate in 11 semester hours of clinical practice to help fulfill the 46-semester hour requirement.

Associate in Applied Science in Dental Laboratory Technology

This 74 semester hour program covers topics in dental anatomy and physiology, bridges and crowns, denture casting, ceramic techniques, dental materials, wrought-ortho appliances and dental ethics. In the last semester of this program, students are expected to complete dental laboratory practice. Dental laboratory practice requires students to work off-campus at a professional dental laboratory site.

Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technology

Along with courses required during the pharmacy technology diploma program, students will encounter courses in argument-based research, management principles, dosage forms, hospital pharmacy and community pharmacy. This program requires students to participate in 14 semester hours of pharmacy clinical work. A total of 70-73 semester hours are needed for graduation.

Vance - Granville Community College

This school's pharmacy technology diploma program provides students with skills development through in-class, laboratory and clinical training.

Pharmacy Technology Diploma

A minimum of 42 semester hours are needed for program completion. Topics include pharmacy calculations, pharmacology, sterile products, pharmacy trends, pharmacy basics, general psychology and professional development. This program is tasked with helping students prepare to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's (PTCB) National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.

Wake Technical Community College

In addition to in-class training, all health technology programs offered at this school require students to participate in in-the-field training.

Pharmacy Technology Diploma

Students looking to take the PTCB's pharmacy technician certification exam may want to enroll in this program. Featured courses include pharmacology, pharmacy practice, pharmacy basics, community pharmacy, pharmacy calculations, sterile products and pharmacy trends. This 40-credit hour program requires students to complete 18-credit hours of pharmacy clinical work.

Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology

Upon graduation, students are able to take the medical laboratory professional certification exam that is offered by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Students must complete courses in hematology, immunohematology, medical laboratory chemistry, clinical microbiology, urinalysis, anatomy and physiology. Full-time students can graduate after completing 2-years of coursework. In the last half of this program, students must complete 3 practicums for hands-on training.

Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technology

This program requires all of the major courses found in the pharmacy technology diploma program. Students also need to complete courses in hospital pharmacy, pharmacy dosage forms, computer basics, argument-based research and general psychology. Students will participate in 14 credit hours of clinical training. Graduates are eligible to take the PTCB's pharmacy technician certification exam.

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