Additional Pharmacy Technology Program Requirements

Important Notice

Effective Fall 2012 for all Health Occupations Programs, Math placement scores on Compass, ASSET, Accuplacer, and THEA will be valid for three (3) years.

Pre-Admission Requirements

  • TSBP Background Check 
  • CPR Training
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Prerequisite Courses
    • MATH 0308 (Introductory Algebra)
    • ENGL 0305 (Developmental Reading II)
    • ENGL 0306 (Developmental Writing I
    Bacterial Meningitis immunization       

Admission Criteria for the Certificate Program

  1. Contact the program director, about the program requirements and timeline for the application.
  2. Applicants must comply with the following:
    1. Be a high school graduate or have a GED.
    2. Have a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
    3. No history of felony and must register with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician trainee.
    4. Receive a CPR training conducted by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. 
  3. Provide evidence of college ready status by complying with the following:  
    1. Submit previous college and high school official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended into the Lone Star College System to the academic counselors at any campus;
    2. Submit passing scores from COMPASS, THEA, or ASSET tests as determined by Lone Star College System or complete an individual learning plan which include MATH 0308 (Introductory Algebra); ENGL 0305 (Developmental Reading II) and ENGL 0306 (Developmental Writing I) with a minimum grade of C.

Enrollment Periods

LSC-North Harris

  1. Enrollment for the daytime certificate program begins in May and continues until spaces are filled.
  2. Enrollment for the evening certificate program begins in November and continues until spaces are filled.

LSC-Tomball

  1. Enrollment for the traditional 11-month fall start certificate program begins in January and continues until July.  A maximum of 20 students are accepted
  2. Enrollment for the fast-track 9-month spring start certificate program begins in August and continues until December.  A maximum of 20 students are accepted.

Students Must Have The Following Upon Admission To The Program

  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).
    • Appropriate lab attire:  Long sleeve, short-length white lab jacket, program patch, and school-approved name tag.

Enrollment Periods

  1. Applicants must be a certified pharmacy technician and registered with the Texas State Board  of Pharmacy.
  2. All official transcripts from any previously-attended colleges, universities or other institutions of post-high school must have been received by Admissions and processed. 
  3. Applicants must have official documentation of college-level reading, writing, and math by: 
    1. submitting previous college and/or high school transcriptions showing appropriate grades from college-level classes;
    2. submitting COMPASS, THEA, or ASSET exam scores; or
    3. taking and passing an assessment text such as THEA or COMPASS at any campus assessment center.
  4. PLA options are available for those who do not complete the certificate program from an accredited institution.  Please contact Dr. Nancy Lim for more details.

Post-Admission Requirements

  • Background Check (as required by some clinical affiliates) 
  • Physical Examination by licensed physician
  • Drug Screening (as required by some clinical affiliates) 
  • Malpractice/Liability Insurance (paid when student registers for clinical I & clinical II) 
  • Health Insurance (as required by some clinical affiliates) 
  • Documentation of Current Immunizations: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), Hepatitis B, Varicella, TB (PPD)Skin Test

Admission Criteria for the AAS Degree Program

  1. Applicants must be a certified pharmacy technician and registered with the Texas State Board  of Pharmacy.
  2. All official transcripts from any previously-attended colleges, universities or other institutions of post-high school must have been received by Admissions and processed. 
  3. Applicants must have official documentation of college-level reading, writing, and math by: 
    1. submitting previous college and/or high school transcriptions showing appropriate grades from college-level classes;
    2. submitting COMPASS, THEA, or ASSET exam scores; or
    3. taking and passing an assessment text such as THEA or COMPASS at any campus assessment center.
  4. PLA options are available for those who do not complete the certificate program from an accredited institution.  Please contact Dr. Nancy Lim for more details.
  5. Humanities Course Credit for AAS Degree programs: New Humanities/Fine Arts Requirement starting Fall 2015. Effective Fall, 2015 all students applying to an AAS health occupation program must complete an approved Humanities/Fine Arts course from the new core as listed in the 2014-2015 catalog. See approved 2014-2015 humanities course requirement list. Students applying to an AAS health occupation program before Fall, 2015 may fulfill the Humanities/Fine Arts requirement from either the 2013-2014 and the 2014-2015 catalogs. See approved 2013-2014 humanities course requirement list. Some AAS health occupation programs have a designated Humanities/Fine Arts course for their admission requirement. Please check the program requirements on their websites.

Legal Information

Lone Star College System Policy is consistent with Texas law as to requirements and admission of any resident or non-resident student.  For admission and tuition purposes, residency is defined within Texas Education Code §54.052.

In addition, LSCS will notify students prior to, but not as a condition or requirement of admission, that  health care facilities will require students to have a Social Security number or a Visa as a condition of being assigned to a clinical facility. Students who are unable to complete the LSCS health program clinical skills requirement will not be able to complete the program due to a lack of clinical placement. 

Additionally, LSCS will notify students that a Social Security number or a Visa may be required for a background check, and may also be required for taking the licensing examination upon completion of program requirements.