Pharmacy technicians are paraprofessionals who work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist to assist with activities that do not require the professional judgment of the pharmacist. Pharmacy
technicians assist with maintaining records, filling and dispensing routine prescriptions and medication orders, stocking supplies of patient care areas, maintaining inventories of drug supplies, preparing sterile compounded products, accepting prescriptions and refill requests, and providing assistance to the customers and patients specific to the pharmacy practice setting. Exciting careers are available in traditional pharmacy settings, e.g. retail and hospital pharmacies, and non-traditional pharmacy settings, e.g. compounding informatics, managed care, government, compliance, and nuclear pharmacies.
The pharmacy technology certificate program is a three-semester cohort program that provides an excellent introduction to the pharmacy profession. The 34 credit certificate program is accredited by the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission. Students have the option to complete the accredited certificate program and work as a certified pharmacy technician or transfer the 34 credit hours into the AAS Pharmacy Management Degree program to further their career options and advance as a certified pharmacy technician. If you are already a certified pharmacy technician with experience and wish to pursue the AAS Pharmacy Management Degree, please visit one of the listed pharmacy technology program directors. Because of the demand for the program, students starting at LSC-North Harris in the spring will be in the evening program that runs for 12 months (January through December). Students starting at LSC-Tomball in the spring will part of the Fast-Track cohort to complete the program in nine months.
Certification – Employment in this field requires industry certification from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.
The associate of applied science degree in pharmacy technology requires an additional year of course work. The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates for managerial positions and customer service in hospital and community/retail pharmacies. An associate degree in pharmacy technology emphasizes the technician's interest in and dedication to the work. Further emphasis is placed on ethics and federal and state laws. The pharmacy courses for the AAS degree are offered at LSC-North Harris and LSC-Tomball.
Applicants seeking admission to the AAS program should contact LSC-North Harris or LSC-Tomball to determine eligibility and prerequisite requirements.
LSC-North Harris: Dr. Nancy Lim at 281.618.5727
LSC-Tomball: Angela Bayer 281.826.5381
Include official documentation of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certificate, Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) certificate, and completion of the pharmacy technology certificate from an accredited institution.
Each candidate will be assessed on an individual basis by the program director to determine his or her eligibility before applying to the AAS program. Those who did not complete a pharmacy technology program but had informal on-the-job training must contact the program director for a PLA (Prior Learning Assessment). A nominal fee is required for an assessment of the student's previous work experience.
The pharmacy technology certificate program prepares graduates to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination, administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), to become a certified pharmacy technician (CPhT). Pharmacy technicians in the State of Texas are required to be certified by examination within the year allotted. The Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) also requires certified pharmacy technicians to register with the Board. It further requires that a person performing pharmacy technician duties in a pharmacy must be registered by TSBP as either a pharmacy technician or a pharmacy technician trainee. This includes students while they are doing "clinical" rotations in pharmacies. To register, the pharmacy technology student can find links at http://www.tsbp.state.tx.us to the online registration applications. Pharmacies must ensure that all pharmacy technician trainees complete the online registration process. Included with the registration process is the criminal background information, which requires submission of the applicant's social security number and high school graduation information. The criminal background history must be clear of any felonies or controlled substance violations prior to enrollment in the pharmacy technology program.
Once an applicant has successfully completed all requirements of registration, and the TSBP has determined there are no grounds to refuse registration, the applicant will be issued a red certificate as a pharmacy technician trainee. This certificate expires two years from the date of issuance.
Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:
Lead Pharmacy Tech2
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