LSC-North Harris Pharmacy Technology Department

Pharmacy technicians are paraprofessionals who work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist to assist with activities that do not require thepills 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, such as retail and hospital pharmacies, and non-traditional pharmacy settings, such as compounding and nuclear pharmacies.

The pharmacy technology certificate program is a program that provides an excellent introduction to the pharmacy profession.  Students begin the traditional 9-month program the daytime program in the fall. Recruitment for the fall class at LSC-North Harris begins in the month of April. An evening program is also available that starts in the spring semester and runs for 12 months.  Recruitment for the spring class begins in November.   

Pharmacy bottle and small white tabletsLSC-North Harris also offers a an Associate Degree in Pharmacy Technology.  Students interested in ultimately becoming pharmacists can benefit from the knowledge gained in the classroom and internship experiences.  Program credit hours will not transfer into a professional sequence for pharmacy school.

The pharmacy technology certificate program prepares graduates to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination, administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, to become a certified pharmacy technician (CPhT).  As of January 1, 2001, pharmacy technicians in the State of Texas were required to be certified.  The Texas State Board of Pharmacy also requires certified pharmacy technicians to register with the board as of June 2004.  Those technicians not certified are restricted on duties and must be certified by examination within the year allotted.

Before a student can begin their clinical courses, the student must be registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) and must obtain a background check clearance through the State.  Links to the TSBP and their FAST Fingerprint background check process can be found at the left side of your screen.

Interested in this program and want to get more information.  Please attend one of the following optional information sessions.

Wednesday September 24th  Winship 175 3:00PM
Wednesday October 15th Winship 175 3:00PM
 Thursday November 20th Winship 175 3:00PM
 Thursday December 10th Winship 175 3:00PM

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Nancy Lim
Program Director, Professor
Phone: 281.618.5727
Office: WNSP 160C

Alice E. Venier
Associate Professor
Phone: 281.765.7921
Office: WNSP 160B

Dr. Bill Drees
Dean, Health and Human Services Division
Phone: 281.618.5406
Office: WNSP 155B

Linda Genco
Division Coordinator
Phone: 281.618.1119
Office: WNSP 155

Madeleine Denison
Academic Advisor
Phone: 281.765.7957
Office: WNSP 174G