The Pharmacy Technology Certificate (C1_PHR1) is offered at LSC-North Harris and LSC-Tomball and has additional entrance requirements. For more information, please contac the Pharmacy Technology Department.
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, e.g. retail and hospital pharmacies, and non-traditional pharmacy settings, e.g. compounding and nuclear pharmacies.
The pharmacy technology certificate program is a two-semester cohort program that provides an excellent introduction to the pharmacy profession. Recruitment for the fall class begins in the month of April. Students typically begin the two-semester daytime program in August (fall). Because of the demand for the program, students starting at LSCNorth Harris in the spring will be in the evening program that runs for 12 months (January through December).
The certificate program at both LSC-North Harris and LSC-Tomball is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
The pharmacy technology certificate program prepares graduates to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination, administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), to become a certified pharmacy technician (CPhT). Pharmacy technicians in the State of Texas are required to be certified by examination within the year allotted. The Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) also requires certified pharmacy technicians to register with the Board. It further requires that a person performing pharmacy technician duties in a pharmacy must be registered by TSBP as either a pharmacy technician or a pharmacy technician trainee. This includes students while they are doing"clinical" rotations in pharmacies. To register, the pharmacy technology student can find links at www.tsbp.state.tx.us/ to the online registration applications. Pharmacies must ensure that all pharmacy technician trainees complete the online registration process. Included with the registration process is the criminal background information, which requires submission of the applicant's social security number and high school graduation information. The criminal background history must be clear of any felonies or controlled substance violations prior to enrollment in the pharmacy technology program.
Once an applicant has successfully completed all requirements of registration, and the TSBP has determined there are no grounds to refuse registration, the applicant will be issued a red certificate as a pharmacy technician trainee. This certificate expires two years from the date of issuance.
Applicants must meet the program admission criteria and submit all documentation to the pharmacy technology office at either LSC-North Harris or Tomball. Contact the program director at the appropriate college to determine eligibility and qualifications for the program prior to completing the application form.
|PHRA||1309||Pharmaceutical Mathematics I||3|
|PHRA||1361||Clinical - Community Pharmacy||3|
|PHRA||1413||Community Pharmacy Practice||4|
|PHRA||1143||Pharmacy Tech Certification Review||1|
|PHRA||1304||Pharmacotherapy & Disease Proc.||3|
|PHRA||1345||Compounding Sterile Preparations & Aseptic Technique||3|
|PHRA||1347||Pharmaceutical Mathematics II||3|
|PHRA||1449||Institutional Pharmacy Practice||4|
|PHRA1||2361||Clinical - Institutional Pharmacy||3|
TOTAL Credit hours for Pharmacy Technology Certificate: