LSC-Tomball CPE Program will be offering more home study and live workshop continuing education (CE) opportunities for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in 2020.
Are you a certified pharmacy technician ready to complete an Associates Degree? Have you completed a high school pharmacy program or already working as a pharmacy technician? Learn about how you can fast track your education and career and receive Prior Learning Assessment that will save you time and money!
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 need to take the following courses before applying to the Pharmacy Technology Program. These courses may be taken in either the fall or spring semesters:
PHRA 1102 Pharmacy Law
PHRA 1305 Drug Classification
PHRA 1309 Pharmaceutical Mathematics I
PHRA 1413 Community Pharmacy Practice
After completion of the above classes with a grade of C or better, students may apply to the program. A maximum of 30 students are accepted into the program.
Interested in this program and want to get more information?
The Pharmacy Technology program occasionally holds optional information sessions where students can learn more about this exciting program and tour our amazing labs. There are no information sessions currently scheduled, however, dates and times will be posted here when that information becomes available.
All Pharmacy Technology information sessions are held at the LSC-Tomball Health Science Building (700 Graham Drive in Tomball).
A pharmacy technician is an individual who is registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician, who has passed the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, or ExCPT board exam, and whose responsibility in a pharmacy is to provide technical services that do not require professional judgment regarding preparing and distributing drugs. The pharmacy technician works under the direct supervision of and is responsible to a pharmacist. To maintain registration with a state board of pharmacy and with a pharmacy certification board, a technician must complete 20 hours of continuing education every 2 years and renew their status with the respective agencies.
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. 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.
Physical and Psychosocial Performance Requirements
As a Pharmacy Technology student and technician, you will be required to be able to perform/demonstrate the following physical and psychosocial skills:
Exhibit positive interpersonal skills in patient, staff and faculty interactions.
Demonstrate calm and effective responses in emergency situations.
Make appropriate judgment decisions.
Hear and understand muffled communication without visualization of the communicator's mouth/lips.
Demonstrate emotional stability.
Ability to manipulate instruments and supplies with speed, dexterity and good eye-hand coordination.
Communicate and understand fluent English both verbally and in writing.
Be free of communicable diseases and chemical abuse.
Demonstrate immunity to MMR, Varicella, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B or be vaccinated against these diseases.
Must be able to meet the following physical demands: bending, walking, standing, lifting, carrying, pushing and handling equipment and supplies up to 50 lbs.
Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. without restrictions.
Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
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/ACPE 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