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Community Pharmacy Technician

Career Overview

Community Pharmacy Technicians work in a chain or independent retail pharmacies under the supervision of a registered and licensed pharmacist. They perform duties such as processing prescription drug orders, patient medication record maintenance, issuing medications to patients, inventory management and compounding non-sterile medications.

Length & Cost of Training

The program consists of 256 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction and a 128-hour supervised externship. This program’s course work can be completed in one semester, with the clinical externship registration and completion in the following semester by attending classes on a full time basis. Tuition is $2,413 Students are required to purchase textbooks, scrubs, Texas State Board of Pharmacy registration and finger-printing fees. Required liability insurance of $11.70 or less for the clinical externship. Students are also responsible for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam registration fee.

Certification/Registration

To work as a pharmacy technician in the State of Texas, all pharmacy technicians are required to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and complete a registration process through the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. Convicted felons may be ineligible.

Prerequisites

  • High school diploma or High School Senior or GED (diplomas from outside the U.S. are permissible)
  • Completed application packet
  • Documentation or assessment of computer skills – Windows, MS Office
  • Documentation or assessment of entry-level academic skills in reading & writing. Minimum Math requirements include basic Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra
  • Personal interview

Community Track Courses

Class
Hours
Introduction to Pharmacy (PHRA 1001)64
Pharmaceutical Math I (PHRA 1009)48
Community Pharmacy Practice (PHRA 1013)64
Pharmacology for Technicians (PHRA 1005)64
Pharmacy Insurance and Customer Service (PHRA 1008)16
Clinical: Pharmacy Technician/Assistant (PHRA 1060)120
Total 376

To Get Started: Students must register as a technician trainee with Texas State Board of Pharmacy, attend an orientation session, obtain the Signature of the Program Coordinator and purchase liability insurance prior to registering for the clinical experience.