Pharmacy Technician, Certificate of Technology
Have you always been fascinated by medicine and technology? Do you excel in science and math? If so, you can become a vital member of the health care team by pursuing a career as a pharmacy technician.
Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations. This demand will be due to the expansion of retail pharmacies, the increased number of middle-aged and elderly people, and the increasing roles and responsibilities of pharmacy technicians.
Graduates of our program are able to work as pharmacy technicians in:
- Nursing homes,
- Home health care, and
- Public and government health agencies.
Pharmacy Technician median salary: $34,422 per year1
Source: texaswages.com, Gulf Coast region, 2017
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Pharmacy technicians are a vital member of the health care team. Working under the supervision of the pharmacist, the pharmacy technician performs those tasks associated with the preparation and distribution of medication. Exciting career opportunities include, but are not limited to, positions in hospitals, retail pharmacies, nursing homes, compounding pharmacies, home health care, nuclear pharmacies, insurance companies, and public and government health agencies. The San Jacinto College’s pharmacy technician program is a 12-month certificate program designed to provide applicants with the skills and knowledge to pass the National Certification Exam to be credentialed as a certified pharmacy technician as well as qualify for entry-level positions in a variety of pharmacy settings.
The pharmacy technician program at San Jacinto College is a nationally-accredited program under the guidelines of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ASHP/ACPE). The program curriculum requires students to complete 32 credit hours that total 864 contact hours which consists of a combination of lecture, on-campus laboratory and clinical training. The emphasis of the program is on training students to work in retail and hospital pharmacies. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded a certificate of technology. After graduation, students register to take the National Certification Exam. A pharmacy technician must pass the certification examination and register with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) to practice as a certified pharmacy technician (CPhT) in the state of Texas. The program includes two clinical courses. Clinicals are unpaid positions in which students are supervised by the employees at the clinical site. Clinicals are scheduled according to the hours of the site and may vary among day, evening and night shifts. We cannot guarantee any specific site, but every effort will be made to accommodate the student. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical sites.
Applicants for the program must meet the requirements for general admission to the College and must also meet program specific requirements. For detailed information concerning admission requirements and deadlines for submitting applications and related documents, contact the Pharmacy Technician Department.
View admission procedures and program requirements here: https://www.sanjac.edu/career/pharmacy-technician
Plan of Study
North and South Campuses
|HPRS 1206||Essentials of Medical Terminology||2|
|PHRA 1202||Pharmacy Law||2|
|PHRA 1305||Drug Classification||3|
|PHRA 1309||Pharmaceutical Mathematics I||3|
|PHRA 1313||Community Pharmacy Practice I||3|
|PHRA 1441||Pharmacy Drug Therapy and Treatment||4|
|PHRA 1347||Pharmaceutical Mathematics II||3|
|PHRA 1345||Compounding Sterile Preparations and Aseptic Technique||3|
|PHRA 1349||Institutional Pharmacy Practice||3|
|PHRA 1243||Pharmacy Technician Certification Review||2|
|PHRA 1261||Clinical-Pharmacy Technician I||2|
|PHRA 2261||Clinical-Pharmacy Technician II||2|
Capstone Experience: PHRA 2261 Clinical-Pharmacy Technician II
Note: Students must pass each course listed in the certificate for Pharmacy Technician with a grade of C or higher to be eligible to receive a certificate of technology.