Keith Binion, BS, CPhT
Program Director, Pharmacy Technician Program, Baker College of Allen Park, MI
When Keith Binion decided to become a pharmacy technician, he enrolled in a pharmacy technician training program at Crockett Vocational Technical Center and learned about medications and how they affect the body. He graduated from the program in 1991, earned his certification through PTCB in 2001, and later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Management from Spring Arbor University in 2006.
"I chose to become certified because I knew that if this was the field I wanted to stay in, certification would not only become required, but would also be beneficial for other opportunities within pharmacy," said Binion.
Over the last 20 years, Keith had built his career in allied health by working as a pharmacy technician at a variety of health-systems in Michigan, and later as an educator at multiple pharmacy technician training programs. In this role, he was able to successfully blend his years as a pharmacy technician and substitute teacher to become an accomplished instructor in Pharmacy Technology.
Keith currently serves as the Program Director of the Pharmacy Technician Program at Baker College in Allen Park, MI. He is responsible for attending system curriculum and assessment meetings, tracking student program success; working with the campus bookstore and library to ensure that accurate and appropriate materials are available to students; hiring and supervising faculty; and developing and writing curriculum for Pharmacy Technology programs. He also facilitates the development and management of student clubs; advises students on academic and career development; prepares accreditation materials for annual review; and instructs students in the areas of Pharmacology, Hospital and Community Pharmacy, and Pharmacy Technology.
"The most rewarding part of my current position is looking at the transformation of my students from the time they enter to the time they graduate," said Binion. "I know I've made a tangible deposit into their lives."
In addition to his work, Keith is a member of the Michigan Pharmacists Association, the Michigan Society of Pharmacy Technicians, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council.