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Pharmacy Technician



The Pharmacy Technician is an integral member of the health care team. Pharmacy Technicians work with pharmacists in the preparation and distribution of pharmaceutical products in a variety of health care settings, including hospital and community pharmacies. Duties of a Pharmacy Technician include: data entry, counting, pouring and labeling pharmaceutical products, customer service, sterile product preparation, and inventory management. The Pharmacy Technician program is a two-semester certificate that combines classroom and laboratory instruction with clinical experiences in local pharmacies. The program accepts students each fall for afternoon and evening classes and each spring for morning and afternoon classes. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Pharmacy Technician program. Applicants admitted to the program are required to have a physical examination, documentation of immunizations, and verification of tuberculosis status. Once admitted to the program, students must register with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy and complete a criminal background check and finger printing. Students may be subjected to pre-placement and/or random drug and alcohol screening.

Pharmacy Technician applicants must take the assessment test (or the TASP/THEA) reading and math portions prior to being considered for acceptance or have equivalent college experience.

This Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814; phone (301) 657-3000.

Students must consult with the Pharmacy Technician Department Chair and be accepted into the program prior to enrolling for any PHRA course, except PHRA 1301 and PHRA 1309.

In order to meet requirements of clinical agencies, criminal background checks and drug screenings for all Health Sciences students are now required as part of the admissions process.

Once accepted into the program, students will register with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy as a Technician Trainee. This process will require an additional criminal background check and a fingerprinting. Applicants must provide necessary information regarding any drug, alcohol, or conviction history for determination of trainee and licensure eligibility. Students will also be required to complete a drug test prior to taking PHRA 2266.

Program changes may not be reflected in the current ACC Catalog publication. Please access the most up to date information on the program's web page through a link at or by contacting the Health Sciences Admissions Offices at Eastview Campus, Room 8356 or Round Rock Campus, Room 3105.

  Semester I Credit Hours
    HPRS 1106 Essentials of Medical Terminology 1
    PHRA 1205 Drug Classification 2
    PHRA 1309 Pharmaceutical Mathematics I 3
    PHRA 1301 Introduction to Pharmacy 3
    PHRA 1313 Community Pharmacy Practice 3
  PHRA 1349 Institutional Pharmacy Practice 3
  Semester II
  PHRA 1441 Pharmacy Drug Therapy and Treatment 4
  PHRA 1345 Compounding Sterile Preparations and Aseptic Technique 3
  +#  PHRA 2266 Practicum -- Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 2

  +Prerequisites: See Course Descriptions
  #Capstone course