Pharmacy technicians and pharmacy technician trainees must be registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy before they begin working. The board is the agency that governs the licensing and registration of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacies within the state. According to regulations, pharmacists must provide technicians and trainees with initial training at the onset of employment. Formal training is not a requirement to work as a pharmacy technician in Texas. However, many individuals desirous of moving up this career path enroll in formal pharmacy tech programs in order to prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam, which is a requirement for registering as a Pharmacy Technician in Texas. Certified pharmacy technicians typically earn more than their non-certified counterparts.
Full-time students can complete Richland College’s 384-hour pharmacy technician program in two semesters. The first semester of classroom lectures covers modules such as Introduction to Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Math, Community Pharmacy Practice, Pharmacology for Technicians, and Pharmacy Insurance and Customer Service in 256 hours. The final semester comprises of approximately 128 hours of clinical training for students to put the theory into practice. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED and pass an admissions interview in order to enroll in the program. Convicted felons may not be eligible for Texas Board certification, so a background check is also part of the enrollment process. Tuition for the training is $1851 not including textbooks, fingerprinting fees and Board of Pharmacy registration. Tuition includes mandatory liability insurance.
- Website: http://www.richlandcollege.edu/certs/commPharmacy.php
- Address: 12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, TX, 75243 US
- Phone: (972) 238-6100
- Email: HealthProfessions@dcccd.edu
Applicants to Brookhaven’s Pharmacy Technician Certification must possess a high school diploma or GED to gain admission. The 50-hour educational training prepares students for a career as a pharmacy technician at hospitals, home infusion and community pharmacies. Graduates have all the knowledge and skills needed to pass the PTCB exam. The comprehensive syllabus covers topics such as reading and interpreting prescriptions. Medical terminology, generic and brand name drugs, dosage calculations, drug compounding, I.V. flow rates, dose conversions, inventory control, prescription dispensation, billing and reimbursement. Tuition is $999 not including the cost of three required textbooks. Classes meet from 6:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. Financial aid is available for this program.
- Website: http://www.brookhavencollege.edu/asp/course-schedules/non-credit/certificate_programs___professionally_required_and_recognized.aspx
- Address: 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX 75244
- Phone: (972) 860-4700
Stanford-Brown’s American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited pharmacy technician program prepares graduates to dispense medication under the supervision of a licensed Pharmacist. Course topics covered include inventory and billing, medication preparation, dosage calculation, customer service and maintaining records. At the end of the classroom component of the training, students transfer to a clinical environment for a supervised clinical experience. During the clinical training, they work alongside pharmacists and other employees to package and dispense medication, mix drugs with parenteral fluids, and manage stock. Full-time students can complete the training in 12.5 months. Tuition is $14,955 not including textbooks and supplies. Financial aid is available through Federal loans in the amount of $7,562.
- Website: http://www.sanfordbrown.edu/areas-of-study/allied-health-technicians-and-therapists/pharmacy-technician
- Address: 1250 W Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75247
- Phone: (214) 459-8490
- Toll-Free: (888) 317-6333
CCI Training Center
The dual Pharmacy Technician and Lab Procedures program at CCI Training Center prepare students for two professions in one program. The 772-clock hour training may be completed in 33 weeks full-time or 49 weeks part-time. Over the course of the 652 class hours, students cover modules such as computer fundamentals, certification test preparation, office communications, CPR, Allied Health math, anatomy and physiology, medical law and ethics, pharmacy calculations, fundamentals of pharmacy practice, pharmacology, sterile products, compounding certification, phlebotomy and career development. At the conclusion of the theoretical component, students participate in a clinical externship at an approved facility. The entire program is 29.0 credit hours, and tuition is $13,600 plus $1,179 for books and supplies. Upon completion of the program, students can apply for the PTCB exam and obtain certification. Graduates can seek employment as a Pharmacy Technician or Phlebotomist.
- Website: http://www.cci-training.com/programs/medical/pharmacy-tech.html
- Address: 9850 N Central Expressway — Suite 246 Dallas, TX 75231
- Phone: (214) 382-0370
Texas Career Institute
The Pharmacy Technician Program at TCI Career Institute covers fourteen weeks of training. During this time, students learn to prepare prescription orders, calculate dosages, update inventory, place orders, calculate payments, process insurance claims and differentiate between generic and brand name drugs under the supervision of a licensed Pharmacist. Graduates of the program have the information they need to pass the PTCB exam and excel on the job. Financial aid is available for this program. Contact the school to find out more about tuition and financing.
- Website: http://tcidallas.com/index.php/programs.html
- Address: 3302 N. Buckner Blvd Ste. 116 Dallas TX 75228
- Phone: (214) 275-9600