The Pre-Pharmacy Program provides students with the necessary skills to become certification eligible as a pharmacy technician. Instructional content focuses on basic medical terminology, healthcare delivery systems, career exploration, law and ethics, and health maintenance practices. Students also study pharmacy operations, medication uses, filling prescriptions, along with HIPAA and privacy rules. 

Instructor Ceresa Petitt

     Mrs. Petitt’s nursing experience is broad from being a Staff Nurse to a Department Nurse Manager, with a strong background and a variety of skillsets that range from psychiatry, medical-surgical nursing, intensive care, emergency room, pediatrics, operating room, infection control, office nursing, and education.

     She has taught at FIT for sixteen years helping prepare future health professionals. and has also acted as a HOSA advisor during this time, offering CPR and First Aid certifications as well.

Education & Certifications:

  • Graduate of Raleigh County Vocational Center Licensed Practical Nursing Program, 1979
  • A.D. Nursing, Bluefield State College, 1988
  • B.S. Nursing, WVU Tech, 1999
  • M.S. Career and Technical Education, Marshall University, 2007
  • Certificate in Education Administration from Salem International University, 2009
  • CPR & First Aid Instructor


Essentials of Addiction & Prevention

PTCB Preparatory Course

Foundations of Health Science

Medical Terminology

Advanced Principles of Health

Body Structure & Function

PTCB Clinical Experience

Related Skills:

  •  CPR/ First Aid
  • Developing Policies and Procedure
  • Effective Communication
  • Entry level pharmacy
  • Infection Control Procedures
  • Leadership/ Team Building
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • Professional Behaviors
  • Vital Signs
* Program Certified by West Virginia Board of Pharmacy


     HOSA is a student led organization designed around healthcare careers. Students are encouraged to participate in local, state, and International Competitive events. This allows students to further develop leadership qualities and to network with other healthcare professionals. 

The Clinical Internship

  • 120 hours required within a real pharmacy
  • Submit to background check
  • Submit to a drug screen
  • Register with the Board of Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician in Training

Hands-On Learning

Program Certifications

FIT Technical Career Education Certificate of Completion

First Aid & CPR

OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Certification