Published on: July 15, 2013According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 32 percent increase in the demand for pharmacy technicians (roughly 108,300 new jobs) between 2010 and 2020. In response to this demand, Lone Star College-Tomball’s pharmacy technician program has extended its application deadline for the fall 2013 semester by one month to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, August 8.
A maximum of 20 applications are accepted to the program each year, so students interested in applying need to print out and complete the application form found at lonestar.edu/tomball-pharmtech, meet with an advisor, and submit the form as soon as possible, by mail or in person. Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule a program admission interview.
The LSC-Tomball pharmacy technology program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and boasts a 100 percent pass rate on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) examination. Additionally, students earn an ASHP-approved sterile compounding certification as part of their training.
The three-semester program features mandatory program orientation prior to the beginning of classes, hands-on preparation (skills, techniques and procedures are learned in three highly interactive laboratories), two hybrid courses and multiple laboratory options to allow schedule flexibility, and on-the-job training (a total of 320 externship hours which includes practice in both retail and hospital pharmacy clinical sites).
“We love to host students from Lone Star College-Tomball because we know they come well prepared. The students’ 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 technology program at LSC-Tomball is exemplary,” said Kim Tran, charge pharmacist with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center.
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.