There is only one way for pharmacy technicians and trainees to work legally in Texas: that is to register with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. Formal training in pharmacy technology is highly recommended as it increases the chances of success in the field. There are several community colleges and career institutes that offer pharmacy technician classes in Austin Texas. Apart from the cost, students should also consider the length of the program, externship opportunities, the certificate awarded and whether the program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Upon completion of formal training, pharmacy technician graduates should take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam to obtain national certification.
Austin Community College- Eastview Campus
Austin Community College facilitates a Pharmacy Technician Certificate program at its Eastview Campus. The program’s goals follow the objectives of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists curriculum for pharmacy technicians. The two-semester program consists of classroom and laboratory instruction followed by a clinical experience at local pharmacies. Areas of study include federal and state pharmacy law, sterile and non-sterile compounding, reading and preparing prescriptions, business principles, pharmacy calculations, field experience, and retail and hospital pharmacy practice. Morning classes are available in the spring and summer semesters and evening classes in the fall semester. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalent and mandatory criminal background check and drug tests form a part of the application process. Total cost of attendance is $3,256 inclusive of background check, physical, drug screening, uniforms, textbooks, TSBP fingerprinting and registration, and tuition.
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.
- Website: http://www.austincc.edu/health/phra/
- Address: 3401 Webberville Road, Austin, TX
- Phone: (512) 223-5700
- Toll-Free: 1-888.626-1697
- E-mail: [email protected]
Southern Careers Institute – Austin
Southern Careers Institute’s pharmacy technician program prepares students for entry-level careers at retail or hospital pharmacies, nursing homes, the military, government agencies and pharmaceutical companies. Day and evening schedules are available with durations of 33 weeks and 51 weeks respectively. Instructors use lectures, demonstrations, audio-visual presentations and interactive sessions to disburse information on key topics such pharmacy operations, basic pharmacology skills, computer applications, keyboarding, FDA drug safety, pharmacy law and much more. Tuition is $16,600 plus expenses for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.scitexas.edu/programs/pharmacy-technician/
- Address: 2301 S. Congress Ave. Suite 27Austin, TX 78704
- Phone: (512) 265-0203
Virginia College – Austin Campus
The 55-week Pharmacy Technician Diploma program at Virginia College is designed to prepare students for their supporting role to Registered Pharmacists in hospitals and retail pharmacies. Students cover 15 key modules for a total of 800-contact hours (480 lecture hours, 140 lab hours and 180 internship hours) and 60 quarter credit hours. The modules are keyboarding, medical terminology, learning framework, career exploration, math for healthcare professionals, introduction to pharmacy, pharmacological calculations, community pharmacy, institutional pharmacy, pharmacy law and ethics, intravenous admixture and sterile compounding, pharmacology I and II, PT certification review, and clinical externship. Tuition for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited program costs $23,320 plus expenses for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.vc.edu/diplomas/pharmacy-technician-austin.cfm
- Address: 6301 E. Highway 290 Austin, TX 78723
- Phone: (512) 371-3500