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Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Shirley MacNeill, MSN, RN, CNE
Chair, Allied Health Department
Allied Health Building, Office 102
(409) 984-6365
macneisb@lamarpa.edu

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The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program prepares students for an exciting career in healthcare, providing the technical skills, knowledge and clinical applications necessary to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. Career opportunities await you as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. The certification can also be a stepping-stone to other jobs in healthcare.

What does the Pharmacy Technician Program offer?

The Pharmacy Technician Program provides an opportunity for hands-on care and the performance of routine tasks under the supervision of Certified Pharmacy Technicians within the classroom, lab, and clinical setting. Students learn basic skills related to medications such as abbreviations, medication classifications, appropriate dosages, side effects, and routes of medication administration. Students will also learn federal and state laws related to the practice of pharmacy, infection control, pharmaceutical calculations, and other procedures related to the role.

The program requires classroom hours, laboratory practice, and participation in a clinical experience. Successful completion of the program may qualify the student to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

Recommended Program of Study
Course Title SCH
First Semester
PHRA 1202 Pharmacy Law 2
PHRA 1301 Introduction to Pharmacy 3
PHRA 1305 Drug Classification 3
PHRA 1209 Pharmaceutical Math I 2
PHRA 1313 Community Pharmacy Practice 3
Second Semester
PHRA 1247 Pharmaceutical Math II 2
PHRA 1345 Compounding Sterile Preparations 3
PHRA 1349 Institutional Pharmacy Practice 3
PHRA 1243 Pharmacy Technician Certification Review 2
PHRA 1260 Clinical – Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 2
Program Total 25

Is there a certification offered?

Upon successful completion of all course elements, students are eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

What types of duties does a Certified Pharmacy Technician perform?

The job duties of certified pharmacy tech usually include the following:

  • Preparation of medications for patients
  • Answering pharmacy calls
  • Receiving and verifying the prescriptions
  • Preparing medications for patients by filling prescriptions with prescribed tablets, capsules, or liquids and properly labeling the bottles
  • Obtaining pharmacist's approval
  • Completing patient paperwork related to the filling of prescription
  • Assisting with insurance claims processing (usually a pharmacist will handle this, but assistant's help will be needed - the entire process is done online)
  • Maintaining inventory records and stocking and pricing of medications in inventory
  • Ensuring availability of drugs by delivering them to patients or facilities
  • Supporting the pharmacist in the daily operation of the pharmacy
  • Maintaining a safe environment by following all rules and regulations related to the operations of the pharmacy

Where do Certified Pharmacy Technicians usually find jobs?

Certified Pharmacy Technicians are often employed in retail pharmacies, hospitals/clinics, home healthcare pharmacies, and long term care facilities.

Job Outlook for Certified Pharmacy Technicians?

Market research using Labor Market data from Texas Workforce Commission and BLS Occupational Employment Statistics show the career as in demand. Pharmacy Technician graduates can expect projected median hourly earnings of $17.79 an hour with steady growth of 18% in job demand.

Lamar State College Port Arthur's program is designed to support the local opportunities for Certified Pharmacy Technicians.  This program can be completed in two semesters, Fall and Spring, which offers individuals a faster track into well-paying employment opportunities within our community.

First Steps

If interested a student should apply to Lamar State College Port Arthur and meet with an Enrollment Service Counselor. You should plan for a few additional expenses beyond tuition and books. Additional expenses may include: scrubs, a criminal background check, fingerprinting, and a drug screening.

The criminal background check, fingerprinting, and drug screening must be completed prior to enrolling in the clinical course.

Students must be 18 years of older before enrolling into the clinical course.