Pharmacy Technician, Certificate of Technology

Program Information

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.

Pharmacy technicians are vital members 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. 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 to qualify for entry-level positions in a variety of pharmacy settings.

The Pharmacy Technician program at San Jacinto College is an Advanced Level Training Program that is accredited by The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The program is also a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) recognized program. 

Career Opportunities

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:

  • Hospitals,
  • Nursing homes,
  • Retail,
  • Home health care, and
  • Public and government health agencies.

Earning Potential

Pharmacy Technician: $34,218 per year1


North Campus
South Campus

For more information, students may contact the following:

North campus
281-998-6150, x7348

South campus
281-998-6150, x3597

Program Overview

The program curriculum requires students to complete 32 credit hours that total 864 contact hours that consist 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, students may contact the Pharmacy Technician department.

Students may view admission procedures and program requirements here:

Plan of Study

North and South Campuses

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
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
Second Term
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
Third Term
PHRA 1243 Pharmacy Technician Certification Review 2
PHRA 1261 Clinical-Pharmacy Technician I 2
PHRA 2261 Clinical-Pharmacy Technician II 2
 Total Credits32

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.