Pharmacy Technology

This program is a Selective Program. Application requirements are included in the description below.

The Pharmacy Technology program is jointly accredited by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). This program prepares students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), which is administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Pharmacy Technology Program

Certificate

The Pharmacy Technology Certificate program is designed to prepare students for a career as certified registered pharmacy technicians who assist licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients in institutional (hospital) and community (retail) settings.

Students who successfully complete the program obtain a broad knowledge of pharmacy practice. They develop skills in the techniques to assess prescriptions and medication orders for completeness, perform computer order entry of prescriptions and medication orders, generate a legal prescription label, fill prescriptions and orders using proper labeling and stock selection, initiate billing to patients and third parties, receive payment, purchase and rotate inventory of medications and supplies, repackage medication to meet the needs of the patient care facility, collect patient information for the pharmacist's review for Medication Therapy Management and immunization screening, stock and maintain automation used for medication dispensing, non-sterile compounding, and sterile compounding.

Pharmacy technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. The Pharmacy Technology program prepares individuals to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Upon successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy recognizes the PTCE as the standard measure for pharmacy technician competency and proficiency. To practice as a pharmacy technician in the state of Texas, an individual must be a Certified Pharmacy Technician and become registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.

Pharmacy Technology Program

Associate of Applied Science

The Pharmacy Technology Associate of Applied Science degree combines the elements of the Certificate program with additional pharmacy technology courses and general education courses to promote overall student development and enhance the knowledge base required for upper level positions in pharmacy technology.

Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science degree may be eligible for teaching positions in pharmacy technology programs, and some continue their education to become pharmacists. Individuals who initially choose to obtain a Certificate in Pharmacy Technology may apply for the AAS program after successful completion of the Certificate program.

Application Requirements

All applicants must:

  1. Participate in the required Prospective Student Information Session. For the session schedule, access the information online at http://nah.southtexascollege.edu or contact the Pharmacy Technology Program at 872-3023.
  2. Be admitted to the college as a high school graduate or GED equivalent
  3. AAS Degree Option: Meet TSI College Readiness Standards, or meet TSI exemption standards.
  4. Level 2 Certificate Option: Meet TSI College Readiness Standards, or meet TSI exemption standards, or complete developmental classes with a grade of “C” or better or course placement as follows:
    • Completion of INRW 0304 Integrated Reading and Writing or equivalent.
    • Completion of MATH 0200 Developmental Mathematics II or equivalent.
  5. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all courses completed at STC
  6. Complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of "C" as listed in the Pharmacy Technician Program degree plan.
  7. Be 18-years of age for clinical/practicum experience.
  8. Pass a criminal background check, 10-panel drug screen through approved providers, and complete all required immunizations including Hepatitis B series.
  9. Satisfy healthcare agency requirements prior to clinical practice.
  10. Submit a completed program application during individual applicant advisement with program faculty.

NOTE: Please see program web page for additional information regarding the application process.
http://nah.southtexascollege.edu/

Program Application

Prospective Student Information Sessions are held during fall and spring semesters. The application period is from the first Friday in February through the last Friday in May. Applications are available from the Pharmacy Technology Program website (http://nah.southtexascollege.edu). Please contact the Program office at 956-872-3023 for additional information or appointment with program faculty.

Application Deadline

Fall admission is the last Friday in May.

State Board of Pharmacy Registration

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy requires registration of all pharmacy technician trainees. Students admitted to the program who successfully complete the first semester are responsible for becoming registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy at their own expense. Additional information regarding pharmacy technician trainee licensure may be found the Texas State Board of Pharmacy website: www.tsbp.state.tx.us.

The program chair will verify with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy the registration status of all students before the third semester. Students who are not registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician trainee will not be eligible to enroll in PHRA 1268 CAPSTONE: Practicum. Registration Refusal for Persons with Criminal Backgrounds According to the Texas Pharmacy Act (Section 568.003) the Board of Pharmacy may refuse to issue a pharmacy technician registration to an individual who has been convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, engaged in any fraud, deceit or misrepresentation, has a drug or alcohol dependency or has violated any federal or state pharmacy or drug laws.

Students having questions about this rule should contact the Texas State Board of Pharmacy
(www.tsbp.state.tx.us).

Drug related felony convictions automatically disqualify an individual from taking the PTCE. Other felony convictions may also prevent a person from taking this exam, at the discretion of the PTCB. Questions about eligibility for the PTCE should be directed to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (www.ptcb.org).

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Certificate or Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technology, a student must meet all college graduation requirements and complete all degree plan lecture and lab coursework with a minimum grade of “C” and successfully pass the practicum course.

Adriana Pedraza, RPh. Doctors Hospital at Renaissance
Beatrice Godines, RPh, Mission Regional Medical Center
Emilio Garza, RPh. Doctors Hospital at Renaissance
Fred Perez, CPhT, Lifecare Hospital
Joseph Sweet, CPhT, South Texas Health System
Diana Saucedo, CPhT, South Texas Health System
Wayne Williams, Faculty

Pharmacy Technology Certificate

TSI LIABLE

Plan of Study Grid
Pre-requisite SemesterCredit Hours
VNSG 1420 Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health 4
PHRA 1309 Pharmaceutical Mathematics I 3
PHRA 1301 Introduction to Pharmacy 3
 Credit Hours10
First Semester
PHRA 1305 Drug Classification 3
PHRA 1315 Pharmacy Terminology 3
PHRA 1347 Pharmaceutical Mathematics II 3
PHRA 1202 Pharmacy Law 2
 Credit Hours11
Second Semester
PHRA 1340 Pharmacy Third Party Payment 3
PHRA 1449 Institutional Pharmacy Practice 4
PHRA 1413 Community Pharmacy Practice 4
PHRA 1404 Pharmacotherapy and Disease Process 4
 Credit Hours15
Summer Session I
PHRA 1243 Capstone: Pharmacy Technician Certification Review 2
PHRA 1268 CAPSTONE: Practicum 2
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours40 Credit Hours

Pharmacy Technology Associate of Applied Science

TSI LIABLE

Plan of Study Grid
Pre-requisite SemesterCredit Hours
PHRA 1309 Pharmaceutical Mathematics I 3
VNSG 1420 Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health 4
PHRA 1301 Introduction to Pharmacy 3
 Credit Hours10
First Semester
PHRA 1305 Drug Classification 3
PHRA 1315 Pharmacy Terminology 3
PHRA 1347 Pharmaceutical Mathematics II 3
PHRA 1202 Pharmacy Law 2
 Credit Hours11
Second Semester
PHRA 1340 Pharmacy Third Party Payment 3
PHRA 1449 Institutional Pharmacy Practice 4
PHRA 1413 Community Pharmacy Practice 4
PHRA 1404 Pharmacotherapy and Disease Process 4
 Credit Hours15
Summer Session I
PHRA 1243 Capstone: Pharmacy Technician Certification Review 2
PHRA 1268 CAPSTONE: Practicum 2
 Credit Hours4
Third Semester
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
PSYC 2301
General Psychology 1
or Lifespan Growth and Development
3
Humanities Elective 1 3
 Credit Hours9
Fourth Semester
PHRA 1441 Pharmacy Drug Therapy and Treatment 4
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 1 3
Math and Natural Sciences Elective 1,2 4
 Credit Hours11
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours
1

Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement

2

Students must take a 4 credit hour course in order to fulfill the Math and Natural Sciences Elective.