LSC--Tomball CPE Program will be offering another home study and live workshop continuing education (CE) opportunity for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in September and October 2019.
LSC-Tomball will be hosting information sessions for students interested in the Pharmacy Technology Program on September 23 and November 11, 2019. See details below.
LSC-Tomball offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Pharmacy Management! If you are already a certified pharmacy technician, contact the program director about earning an AAS in Pharmacy Management.
The LSC-Tomball Pharmacy Technology program is located in the new LSC-Tomball Health Science Building located at 700 Graham Drive, across the street from the Tomball Regional Medical Center. View Map.
Become a Pharmacy Technician
If you are seeking a career in the healthcare field that may open the door to opportunities, then becoming a pharmacy technician may be the perfect fit for you. Pharmacy technicians provide assistance to a licensed pharmacist in order to ensure that the pharmacy operates efficiently. You may expect to be involved in tasks such as preparing prescription medications, attending to customer needs, compounding sterile and non-sterile preparations, performing a variety of calculations, maintaining inventories, process third party billing transactions, maintain automated dispensing cabinets and robots, generate reports, and provide assistance in administrative duties within the pharmacy.
One of the best ways of becoming successful as a pharmacy technician is by undergoing a formal American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited training program and earning your national certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).The program at Lone Star College-Tomball is accredited by ASHP.
Students accepted into the program begin their courses which consists of 31 credit hours of coursework. Applicants will be asked to undergo an interview process in order to be considered for the program.
Interested in this program and want to get more information?
The Pharmacy Technology program occasionally holds optional information sessions. Information sessions are scheduled for the following dates and times:
Monday, September 23, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
These will be held at the LSC-Tomball Health Science Building (700 Graham Drive in Tomball) in room 215. Come learn more about this exciting program and tour our amazing labs!
A pharmacy technician is an individual who is registered with the Board as a pharmacy technician, who passed the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam, and whose responsibility in a pharmacy is to provide technical services that do not require professional judgment regarding preparing and distributing drugs and who works under the direct supervision of and is responsible to a pharmacist.
A pharmacy technician trainee is an individual who is registered with the board as a pharmacy technician trainee and is authorized to participate in a pharmacy’s technician training program. To complete the required externships in a pharmacy as a pharmacy technician trainee, individuals must be registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP). A pharmacy technician or pharmacy technician-in-training shall:
Be at least 18 years of age.
Have no felony or gross misdemeanor conviction relating to controlled substances.
Have no history of drug abuse or provide satisfactory evidence of rehabilitation.
Hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Have completed requirements for registration as determined by the Board.
Where do Pharmacy Technicians work?
Pharmacy technicians are needed virtually everywhere in the country. Many pharmacy techs work in retail pharmacies, while others work in hospitals, clinics, and pharmaceutical companies. Pharmacy technicians are also needed in many other industries such as educational institutions, the military, insurance companies, and nursing homes.
Employment opportunities for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 32% during the next eight years, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Factors that are contributing to this job growth are advances in pharmaceutical research, which is resulting in more prescription medications being used to fight diseases, and the growing number of older people who use more prescription drugs than younger people. Job prospects are particularly excellent for those with formal training. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.)
"We love to host students from Lone Star College-Tomball because we know they come well prepared. The student's knowledge and skills are outstanding which makes transitioning from classroom to hands-on training much easier. We are really impressed that the students are exposed to a lot of the tech duties through the classroom or labs and they are always eager to learn. We've hired several of their students and have no problem referring any of their students because the Pharmacy Tech Program at LSC-Tomball is exemplary."
Kim Tran, Charge Pharmacist, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center
Accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP)
Students earn an ASHP-approved Sterile Compounding Certification
Three semester program
One semester prerequisite courses (11 credit hours)
Second semester pharmacy courses (13 credit hours)
Third semester PTCB review and externships (7 credit hours)
Mandatory program orientation prior to classes commencing to provide new students with information that will assist them to organize their course work, acclimate to the program, and introduce themselves to their peers
Skills, techniques, and procedures are learned in highly interactive laboratories
Schedule allows flexibility for working students
Hybrid courses in order to allow schedule flexibility
Multiple laboratory options available to allow for flexibility
No Friday classes
Instead, students may use the day to study, work, or take care of personal business