Texas Pharmacy Technician Requirements and Training Programs

Texas is one of many states that require pharmacy technician candidates to obtain certification before registering with the state Board of Pharmacy. Employers must provide initial on-the-job training to new trainees and technicians before assigning duties on the job. While the Board does not require formal training at community colleges and other training providers, students can benefit from the didactic and hands-on education available at these institutes. Graduates learn how to work under a licensed pharmacist, helping with patient consultations, dispensing medications, managing inventory, maintaining patient records, repackaging medications, and calculating dosages.

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Texas Pharmacy Technician Requirements

License Requirement

Only board-registered pharmacy technicians and pharmacy technician trainees can provide pharmacy-related services at licensed facilities. The candidate can only begin work after notification of active status from the Texas Board of Pharmacy (TBSP). Every pharmacy employer must provide initial on-the-job training for technicians and trainees. The training must cover very specific areas as outlined by the Board. The in-house, on-the-job training is the only training mandated by the Board. For this reason, Texas pharmacy technicians can opt out of formal training required by some other states. While the Board does not require formal training, it acknowledges the presence of training programs across the state and recommends prospective pharmacy technicians attend training programs accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Training programs prepare students for national certification, including the PTCB or ExCPT exam, which the TSBP recognizes. Nationally certified pharmacy technicians increase their job opportunities.

Age Requirement

Applicants must be at least 18 years old to register as a pharmacy technician in Texas.

Education Requirement

To register as a pharmacy technician in Texas, you must present your PTCB license number. If you don’t currently hold PTCB certification, you must apply for registration as a pharmacy technician trainee – valid for two years only. You must possess a high school diploma or GED and complete an approved pharmacy technician program or have equivalent work experience to take the PTCE exam for the CPhT designation.

Other Requirements

All applicants for registration must be fingerprinted for a criminal background check. If you answer ‘yes’ to criminal questions related to moral turpitude, the Board will deny your license or grant one with disciplinary actions in accordance with the Texas Pharmacy Act. All other felonies or misdemeanors will be reviewed and a decision made on a case-by-case basis.

Hits on your criminal record could delay your registration by several months.

The Pharmacy Technician Program

Content

Through a combination of lecture, hands-on lab, and clinical training, pharmacy technician classes prepare graduates for careers in community and hospital pharmacies. The TSBP recommends ASHP accredited programs, which ensure students receive adequate training for their complex roles providing support to licensed pharmacists. ASHP accredited program include a pharmacy technician externship at a community and institutional pharmacy. The accredited programs at colleges and vocational schools provide a combination of lecture, on-campus laboratory and clinical training that prepares graduates for a variety of employment opportunities in community and hospital pharmacies. The course content covers inventory packaging, sterile and non-sterile compounding, pharmacy calculations, medical abbreviations, dispensing medication and patient profiling.

Duration and Cost

Tuition at accredited training providers cost upwards of $8,500 for 900-hour long programs. Apart from tuition, students face additional expenses, such as textbooks, course materials, uniform, medical equipment, exam fee, registration, and traveling to and from the clinical rotation. The duration of the training program ranges from 6 weeks to 45 weeks.

National Exams

All pharmacy technicians in Texas must be certified. Non-certified technicians carry the title of “technician in training.” To upgrade the status to pharmacy technician, the candidate must successfully obtain certification from the PTCB within one year and apply to upgrade the registration with the Board of Pharmacy.

To take the test, without delays, you can apply at an on-demand testing center where you can choose your preferred date. The PTCB exam consists of 90 multiple-choice questions covering nine knowledge domains. Only 80 of the multiple-choice questions are scored. You must earn at least 650 points to pass the exam and meet all the other requirements (high school diploma, complete a formal training program or have equivalent work experience, and a criminal-free background) to obtain certification. The fee for the PTCB exam is $129.

Acquiring Your State License

Application

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You can submit your application to register as a pharmacy technician or as a pharmacy technician trainee. According to the TSBP, a pharmacy technician is an individual who is registered by the Board and authorized to provide technical services that do not require the professional judgment of a pharmacist. A pharmacy technician trainee is an individual authorized to participate in a pharmacy technician training program. To register for either position, you must:

  • Visit the TSBP website to submit your application through the online portal.
  • Register for a secure online account.
  • Apply for your new license: Initial Technician or Initial Technician Trainee.
  • Submit your address where you can receive mail from the US Postal Service
  • Provide your date of birth, social security number, and PTCB or ExCPT certification number and Expiration Date
  • Pay the application fee using your credit card. The fee is $55 for technician trainees and $84 for pharmacy technicians.

Upon submission of the online application, the Board will send three separate emails: a copy of the application, a receipt of your payment, and a fingerprint form.

You must complete the fingerprint form and get fingerprinted with the approved Vendor to expedite processing of the application. The fee for the fingerprinting session is generally less than $50.

The Board will process the application within 6 weeks of completing the fingerprint session. The Board will issue a registration number with ACTIVE status upon approval of the application. Registration may be verified using the pharmacy technician license verification search.

Renewal

Once approved, you must renew your registration every 2 years to continue providing services as a pharmacy technician. The online renewal is available up to 60 days prior to your license expiration. Failure to renew your application before the last day of the expiration month will change your registration into delinquent status, which incurs a delinquent penalty on top of the renewal registration.

Online renewal is fast and simple:

  • Go to the Board of Pharmacy’s online portal to submit your renewal. It must be within 60 days of expiration, or the submission will return an error.
  • Register an account if you don’t have one.
  • Add your license to the account. You’ll need to provide your SSN, date of birth and address based on the Board’s records.
  • Click on the renewal tab and submit, along with the $81 renewal fee, payable via credit card.
  • Answer the Application Attestation questions honestly and truthfully
  • The Board will request information about your employment relationships, including the pharmacy’s license number
  • If you answered YES to having Professional Disciplinary action, upload a copy of any document(s) relating to your professional disciplinary action
  • Provide information on your continuing pharmacy education hours – must be at least 20 hours for the 2-year period. Certificates of completion of approved continuing education must be maintained for three years from the date of reporting the hours on a license renewal application. Do not send CE certificates to the Board office unless requested.

The Board will process the renewal request within 10 business days of receiving all required items.

Pharmacy technicians must update the Board of changes in name and address within 10 days of receipt of legal documents confirming the change. There’s a $20 fee for updating the records and a new registration card/pocket card.

Registration for pharmacy technician trainees is valid for two years only and cannot be renewed.

Transfers

Pharmacy technicians licensed in another state cannot transfer their licenses to Texas. An out-of-state technician must apply for certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Once the individual passes the PTCE exam and meet all other requirements for certification, he/she can then register with the Texas Board of Pharmacy.

Texas State Board of Pharmacy
George H.W. Bush State Office Building
1801 Congress Avenue
Suite 13.100
Austin, TX 78701-1319
Phone: (512) 305-8000
Fax: (512) 305-8082
Licensing : (512) 305-8075 (fax)

Pharmacy Technician Training Programs in Texas

Abilene, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Cisco College

Abilene Education Center

717 E. Industrial Blvd., Abilene, TX 79602

(325) 794-4441

Amarillo, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Amarillo College

P.O. Box 447, Amarillo, TX 79178

(806) 356-3655

Athens, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Trinity Valley Community College

100 Cardinal Dr, Athens TX 75751

903-675-6200

Austin, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Austin Community College

3401 Webberville Road, Austin, TX 78702

(512) 223-5949

Corpus Christi, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Del Mar College

101 Baldwin Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX 78404

(361) 698-2822

Dallas, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Asher College – Dallas

9330 LBJ Freeway, Suite 650, Dallas TX 75243

972-600-2818

 

Remington College – Dallas Campus

1800 Eastgate Drive, Dallas, TX 75041

(972) 686-7878

 

Dallas College

12800 Abrams Road, Dallas, TX 75243-2199

(972) 238-6038

El Paso, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

El Paso Community College- Rio Grande Campus

100 West Rio Grande Avenue, El Paso, TX 79902

(915) 831-4490

 

Pima Medical Institute

6926 Gateway Blvd E, El Paso TX 79915

800-477-7462

Houston, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Altierus Career College – Houston

9700 Bissonet Street, Suite 1400, Houston TX 77036

713-772-4200

 

Coleman College of Health Sciences

2450 Holcombe Boulevard, Suite #3, Houston, TX 77021

713-718-7353

 

Lone Star College-North Harris

2700 W. W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073

(281) 618-5727

 

Medical Education and Training Campus

3071 Wilson Way, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-2195

(210) 808-2200

 

San Jacinto College, North

5800 Uvalde Road, Houston, TX 77049

(281) 998-6150

 

San Jacinto College, South

13735 Beamer Road, Houston, TX 77089

(281) 669-4702

Irving, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Health Mart Systems, Inc.

6535 North State Highway 161, Irving TX 75039

Lufkin, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Angelina College

PO Box 1768, 3500 South First (Hwy. 595), Lufkin, TX 75902-1768

(936) 639-5433

McAllen, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

South Texas College

P.O. Box 9701, McAllen, TX 78502-9701

(956)872-3003

Orange, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Lamar State College – Orange

410 Front Street, Orange, TX 77630

(409) 882-3010

Pharr, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Rio Grande Valley College

5419 N. Cage Boulevard, Pharr TX 78577

956-781-6800

San Antonio, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Northwest Vista College

3535 N. Ellison, Dr., San Antonio, TX 78251

(210) 486-4360

Texas City, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

College of the Mainland

1200 Amburn Road, Texas City, TX 77591

(409) 933-8685

Tomball, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Lone Star College – Tomball- Health Science Building

700 Graham Drive, Tomball, TX 77375

(281) 826-5397

Wichita, TX Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Vernon College

4105 Maplewood Ave., Wichita Falls, TX 76308

(940) 696-8752 x3231

 

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