There’s a high demand for pharmacy technicians in response to a shortage of registered pharmacists, aproliferation of new drugs, and the aging population. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for pharmacy technicians is 9 percent between 2014 and 2024. The employment change is a projected 34,700 during the reported period. Leading associations concerned with the profession report that the industry will need to fill at least 400,000 jobs during the same period to meet the nation’s growing healthcare demands. In Texas, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) regulates pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, and the legal distribution of prescription drugs. Pharmacy technicians and pharmacy technician trainees must register to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Registration requires a criminal background check including fingerprints and passage of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s Certification Exam.
UTRGV Brownsville Campus
As the need for pharmacy technicians increases, UTRGV In Brownsville prepares students to dispense medications under the supervision of a registered pharmacist to meet the demands. Graduates have the option to take a national certification exam to improve their chances of employment in hospitals, community pharmacies, and home infusion pharmacies. In addition to classroom sessions, students will be required to complete a clinical externship to apply the principles learned. A clinical coordinator will aid with the setting up of the externship after the students submits a resume and availability. The clinical externship will cover 80 hours in a pharmacy setting and may require drug screening, shot records, and background check. The experience gain will increase students’ chances of employment. The program includes preparation for the PTCB exam. Areas of study include pharmacology, aseptic techniques, dosage calculations, dispensing medications, invention management, billing and processing claims, laws and ethics, and packaging and labeling medications. The duration of the program is approximately 10 weeks. Tuition costs $1,299.
- Website: http://www.utrgv.edu/ce/programs/certificate-programs/pharmacy-technician-program/index.htm
- Address: One West University Boulevard, Brownsville, TX 78520
- Phone: (956) 665-2071
- Email: continuinge[email protected]
The pharmacy technician diploma program at Brightwood College provides students with the knowledge, technical skills, and habits to secure an entry-level position in the pharmacy technician or related field. Students learn how to transcribe physicians’ orders, select drug products, prepare medications for dispensing, label and authorize refills, maintain patient profiles, and prepare unit dose medications. Students also learn how to handle medical emergencies and receive the training to receive CPR through the American Heart Association. They must earn CPR certification to pass the introductory module. The curriculum covers 760 hours in 36 weeks. A total of 550 hours of instruction will take place on campus and 210 will be through digital instruction. The pharmacy externship is delivered in two course modules of 100 hours each. Both provide opportunities for students to focus on pharmacy technician skills. They develop professional skills and proactive career management. Other course modules include Fundamentals of Allied Health, Introduction to Allied Health Careers, Academic Strategies, Nervous and Sensory Systems, Motor System Hospital and Retail Pharmacies, Absorption Systems, Circulatory and Immune Systems, and Endocrine and Reproductive Systems and Sterile Products. Students may need to complete fingerprinting and a criminal background check and submit immunization records for the externship. Tuition costs $15,841.
- Website: https://www.brightwood.edu/diplomas-certificates/pharmacy-technician/
- Address: 1900 North Expressway, Suite O, Brownsville, TX 78521
- Phone: (956) 547-8200
Southern Career Institute
SCI’s instructors are committed to students’ success in the field of pharmacy. They conduct classroom activities and facilitate interactive hands-on learning so students develop the skills to use in the real world. The school offers a friendly and supportive learning environment to increase success. Students learn computer applications, keyboarding, pharmacy operations and procedures, dosage calculations, pharmacology, laws and ethics, pharmacy terminology, inventory management, packaging and labeling medications, unit dosages and much more to improve patient care and delivery of pharmacy products. Applicants must be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma or GED, be able to read, write and speak English, be physically able to complete the coursework, have no felony convictions, and submit fingerprints for a background check. Applicants under 18 must provide parental permission. Students who meet the minimum requirements will need to sign the enrollment agreement. Job placement assistance is available to all graduates. Day and evening schedules are available. The day program runs for 33 weeks and the evening 56 weeks. Tuition for the program is $16,600.
- Website: http://www.scitexas.edu/programs/pharmacy-technician/
- Address: 1500 North Jackson Road, Pharr, TX 78577
- Phone: 844-783-6569
Texas State Technical College
The comprehensive pharmacy technician program at the Continuing Education Department of Texas State Technical College prepares students to enter the field of pharmacy in just 70 hours. Students are prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam to improve their chances of employment in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, and community pharmacies. Areas of study include IV flow rates, dosage calculations, reading and interpreting prescriptions, medical terminology, defining drugs by generic and brand names, drug compounding, dose conversions, inventory control and billing reimbursement, and dispensing of prescriptions. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. Tuition costs $1,150. Students should budget an additional $125 to cover the national exam.
- Website: http://www.tstc.edu/harlingence/alliedhealth/
- Address: 1902 N Loop 499, Harlingen, TX 78550
- Phone: 956-364-4000