Pharmacy Technicians must be 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.
The Cisco College Pharmacy Technology Program is a strenuous program that requires full-time commitment and attention. A limit of 15 students are accepted to this program.
As a result, the selection process is taken very seriously. 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.
MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology (3 Hours)
MDCA 1409 A&P for Medical Assistants (4 Hours)
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What Can This Program Do For You
The Pharmacy Technician program is a Health Sciences program beginning in the Fall semester of each year. Below is the suggested pathway for full-time prospective students looking to receive a Pharmacy Technician Level II Certificate.
Students must successfully complete first semester courses with a "C" or better prior to enrolling in the second semester courses.
The 31 semester hour certificate program is designed to be completed in one academic year. After successful completion of the required curriculum, students earn a Level II Certificate and are eligible to take the national certification exam from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.
*Developmental Courses: Some students may need preparatory courses in English, Reading, or Math. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a certificate or degree.
First Semester Second Semester PHRA 1301 Intro to Pharmacy 3 PHRA 1209 Pharmaceutical Math I 2 PHRA 1313 Community Pharmacy Practice 3 PHRA 1305 Drug Classification 3 PHRA 1349 Institutional Pharmacy Practice 3 PHRA 1240 Pharmacy Third Party Pmt. 2 PHRA 1345 IV Admixtures & Sterile Comp. 3 PHRA 1143 Pharm Tech Certification Review 1 PHRA 2260 Clinical - Institution 2 PHRA 2261 Clinical - Community 2 TOTAL 12 TOTAL 12
Potential Career Paths
- Pharmacy Operations Technician
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