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 an entry-level certificate program (1 semester) or an advanced level certificate program (2 semesters) for pharmacy technicians. Pharmacy technician students must be registered with the TSBP as a pharmacy technician trainee, 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.

Application Procedure

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 trainee and will be required to complete a background check. 

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About this Program

Degrees & Certifications Program Length
Pharmacy Technician Level II Certificate Two Semesters
Pharmacy Technician Level I Certificate One Semester

What Can This Program Do For You

  • Potential Career Paths
    • Pharmacist
    • Pharmacy Operations Technician
  • Salary Information

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  • Courses

    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 or Level I Certificate. 

    Students must successfully complete first semester courses with a "C" or better prior to enrolling in the second semester courses.

    The 32 semester hour level II certificate program is designed to be completed in one academic year. The 17 semester hour level I certificate program is designed to be completed in one semester and is offered online. After successful completion of the required curriculum, students  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.

    Pharmacy Technician Level II Certificate (Abilene-only)

    First SemesterSecond Semester
    PHRA 1301 Intro to Pharmacy3PHRA 1441 Pharm Drug Therapy4
    PHRA 1305 Drug Classification3PHRA 1445 Comp Sterile Prep4
    PHRA 1209 Pharmaceutical Math I2PHRA 1247 Pharmaceutical Math II2
    PHRA 1313 Community Pharmacy Practice3PHRA 1340 Pharm Third Party Pay3
    PHRA 1349 Institutional Pharmacy Practice3PHRA 1143 Pharm Tech Certification Review1
    PHRA 1260 Clinical I Pharmacy Tech2PHRA 2261 Clinical II Pharmacy Tech2
    TOTAL16TOTAL16

    Pharmacy Technician Level I Certificate (online) 

    PHRA 1301 Intro to Pharmacy3
    PHRA 1305 Drug Classification3
    PHRA 1209 Pharmaceutical Math I2
    PHRA 1313 Community Pharmacy Practice3
    PHRA 1349 Institutional Pharmacy Practice3
    PHRA 1143 Pharm Tech Certification Review1
    PHRA 1260 Clinical I Pharmacy Tech2
    TOTAL17

Meet the Faculty

Kelly Meyer

Pharmacy Technology Professor
Abilene Campus
(325) 794-4441
kelly.meyer@cisco.edu

Curriculum Vitae