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Overview

Summary

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 compound 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 and nuclear pharmacies.

The pharmacy technology certificate program is a three-semester cohort program that provides an excellent introduction to the pharmacy profession. Recruitment for the traditional fall class begins in the month of April. Students typically begin the three-semester traditional daytime program in August (fall).

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.

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Program Admission Criteria

This is an application based program. Students interested in applying to the Pharmacy Technology Program should read the latest additional Pharmacy Technology Program Requirements.

Admission Criteria for the Certificate Program

Applicants must meet the program admission criteria and submit all documentation to the pharmacy technology office at either LSC-North Harris or Tomball. Contact the program director at the appropriate college to determine eligibility and qualifications for the program prior to completing the application form.

Applicants to the certificate program must:

  1. Contact the LSC-North Harris program director at 281.618.5727 or the LSC-Tomball program director at 281.826.5397 to determine eligibility and prerequisite requirements.
  2. Provide evidence of college ready status according to the following:
    1. Submit previous college and/or high school transcripts from all colleges/universities attended;
    2. Submit passing scores on the COMPASS, THEA, or ASSET tests as determined by LSCS;
    3. Complete an individualized learning plan that includes MATH 0308; ENGL 0305 or ENGL 0365; ENGL 0306 or ENGL 0374 with a minimum grade of C;
  3. Schedule a personal interview with the program director. Applicants will be notified by mail or phone of the admission status. It is strongly recommended that application be made at least a month in advance of the semester for which the student would like to enroll.
  4. Receive a high school diploma or GED before applying to the program.
  5. Provide a copy of the TSBP-issued certificate to the program director.
  6. Complete a drug screen prior to clinical affiliation if required by that facility or pharmacy. Students will be provided further information according to agency and/or college policy.
  7. Complete the Hepatitis B immunization series prior to patient contact if required by clinical affiliates.

Upon admission to the program, students must have:

  1. Recent verification of physical examination completed by a licensed physician.
  2. Verification of an updated immunization record. Agencies may also require recent TB skin test results, MMR immunity, and/or varicella vaccine.
  3. Student liability insurance (paid when student registers for the first semester).
  4. Long-sleeve, short-length white lab jacket, program patch, and school-approved name tag.
  5. Certificate of completion of CPR prior to the first internship assignment. Incomplete applications will not receive a complete departmental review. Each applicant is responsible for contacting the pharmacy technology office to confirm whether the application is complete. Additional information can be obtained from the pharmacy technology office at LSC-North Harris or Tomball.

Accreditation

The certificate program at both LSC-North Harris and LSC-Tomball is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Certification Exam

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.

Contact

LSC-North Harris

Please contact Meishon Bell at Meishon.M.Bell@LoneStar.edu or call 281.765.7957 for more information.

LSC-Tomball

Please contact Diana Broome at Diana.V.Broome@LoneStar.edu or call 281.826.5397 for more information.

First Year

First Semester Courses 14 Credits
PHRA 1413 Community Pharmacy Practice 4
PHRA 1309 Pharmaceutical Mathematics I 3
PHRA 1305 Drug Classification 3
PHRA 1102 Pharmacy Law 1
PHRA 1361 Clinical - Community Pharmacy 3
Second Semester Courses 17 Credits
PHRA 1347 Pharmacy Technician Certification Review 1
PHRA 1304 Pharmacotherapy and Disease Process 3
PHRA 1345 Compounding Sterile Preparations & Aseptic Technique 3
PHRA 1143 Pharmaceutical Mathematics II 3
PHRA 1449 Institutional Pharmacy Practice 4
PHRA 1304 Pharmacotherapy & Disease Process 3
Pharmacy Technology Certificate Program Total 31 Credits

Footnotes

  1. Capstone course

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Career Options

Median wage: $31,6131

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Lead Pharmacy Tech2
  • Pharmacy Technician2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."

Footnotes

  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2014
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.

Tuition

Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $792 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.