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, such as retail and hospital pharmacies, and non-traditional pharmacy settings, such as compounding and nuclear pharmacies.
By partnering with PioneerRx Pharmacy Software, our program allows students to learn in a real-world environment using the most installed software for independent pharmacies. Students enhance their clinical and functional skills by training in a pharmacy system that is innovative, robust, and feature-rich. For more information about PioneerRx, https://www.pioneerrx.com/Web/pharmacy-system
Pharmacy Technology Program at Lone Star College North Harris
At LSC-NH, we offer 2 daytime certificate programs beginning in Fall and Spring. Our Fall program begins in late August and ends in early July of the following year. Our Spring program begins in the middle of January and ends in early December of the same year.
Enrollment for Fall program begins in the month of May and in October for the Spring program. Both programs have 24 spaces available.
You can contact our academic counselor, Juanita Garcia, at Juanita.Garcia@LoneStar.edu or 281-765-7896 (Phone) or our Program Director, Dr. Nancy Lim, at Nancy.L.Lim@LoneStar.edu or 281-618-5727 (Phone) for more information about the fall and spring programs.
Before enrollment, applicants must have (1) an unofficial transcript issued by Lone Star College; (2) CPR card or certificate for the basic life support; and (3) a proof of registration as a pharmacy technician trainee with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.
To receive an unofficial transcript issued by LSC, applicants must submit their high school or college transcripts to LSC academic counselors so that a student profile will be created for the applicants along with the LSC student ID number for class registration. You can upload your unofficial transcript here.
To complete a CPR training, applicants can take a CPR class online with the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association or at a fire station near you if class is offered. The Houston Junior League also offers a free CPR class at no charge. You can upload your CPR card or certificate here.
To register with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP), visit www.tsbp.state.tx.us. Choose an initial application for pharmacy technician trainee, create a user name and password to complete an online application. Once submitted, you must pay the online fee of $55 and bring the online paid receipt as a proof of registration. TSBP will send an email to you to do fingerprint and follow the process until you receive a red-white certificate. This certificate expires in 2 years and it is nonrenewal. You can upload your technician trainee certificate here.
For program information including how these two programs organize the classes, what books are required, and our internship requirements click here. Once accepted into the program, you are required to attend a mandatory orientation to attend the program.
The program also offers the 2-year associate (AAS) degree in pharmacy management and ACPE IV certification. Those who graduate from the certificate program can choose to continue 1 more year to earn the AAS degree. The AAS degree program is open to (1) any students who complete an accredited certificate program at Lone Star College (LSC) or at other institutions other than LSC or (2) those who are currently a certified pharmacy technician and havenít completed a certificate program. The ACPE IV certification is open to any certified pharmacy technicians.
For information on the AAS degree program and ACPE IV certification, contact Dr. Nancy Lim, Program Director, at Nancy.L.Lim@LoneStar.edu.