WAXAHACHIE — While most are preoccupied with prom or applying for scholarships, one Waxahachie High School senior has positioned herself for a career in medicine.

Victoria Smith, the daughter of Spencer and Juana Smith of Waxahachie, earned certification as a pharmacy technician. Smith, a 2017 WHS graduate who studied in the Career and Technology program, has successfully completed all of the requirements and has passed the ExCPT national certification exam to earn her certification as a pharmacy technician. Smith plans to work as a pharmacy technician and continue to further her studies attending the Honors College at Texas Tech University to study chemical engineering. She plans to go to pursue a career as a pharmacist.

The Health Science cluster in the WHS Career and Technology Education Center offers senior students the opportunity to study and test for certification in various health care professions after successful completion of curriculum and meeting all eligibility requirements of the respective program. The Pharmacy Technician program is a rigorous program offered at Waxahachie High School. Students must successfully complete — with a grade of 80 or above on all units — a pharmacy technician curriculum program, consisting of blended instruction using both traditional classroom instruction and online curriculum.

Once students have successfully completed the curriculum, they can sit for the national certification exam, the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT). If students pass this exam, they receive pharmacy technician national certification and will be able to register in the state of Texas for licensure to practice as a certified pharmacy technician in the state of Texas.

For more information about Health Science Technology Education events or courses, contact Lindsay Savala at 972.923.4614 or lsavala@wisd.org.