Pharmacy Technicians are registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. Responsibility in a pharmacy is to provide technical services that do not necessarily require professional judgment regarding preparing and distributing drugs but includes working under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.
Pharmacy technicians work in clean, organized, well-lighted, and well-ventilated areas. Most of their workday is spent on their feet. They may be required to lift heavy boxes or to use stepladders to retrieve supplies from high shelves.
Technicians work the same hours that pharmacists work. These may include evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays, particularly in facilities, such as hospitals and retail pharmacies, that are open 24 hours a day. There are many opportunities for part-time work in both retail and hospital settings.
Cisco College offers a 31-semester hour certificate program for pharmacy technicians, which is designed to be completed in one academic year. Pharmacy technician students must be registered with the TSBP as a pharmacy technician student, which requires a background check. After successful completion of the required curriculum, students earn a certificate and are eligible to take the national certification exam from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.
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Pharmacy Technician Program
1. Degree Plan
Students must successfully complete semester one courses prior to enrolling in semester two courses. For Degree plan click here.
2. Student Handbook
To be considered for admission to the Pharmacy Technician program, interested persons should:
- Complete application to the college
- Complete required prerequisite courses
- Complete Pharmacy Technician Program Application
- Complete Pharmacy Technician Entrance Exam
- Complete Registration with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy
Admission to the clinical portion of the program is limited. In addition, Pharmacy Technician students must be registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) as a pharmacy technician students and will be required to complete a background check.
Applicants for admission to this program must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the College. The procedure for seeking admission to the College follows:
- Complete the Cisco College application
- Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Turn in Offical Transcripts
Prospective students should also remember that acceptance by Cisco College does not guarantee admission into specific occupational programs. Additional factors considered for admission may be a satisfactory record in high school or college, placement tests and other criteria.
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