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What is a Pharmacy Technician?
The pharmacy technician is a vital member of the health care team. Technicians must have a broad knowledge of both retail and hospital pharmacy practice. They usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medications for patients, such as retrieving, counting, pouring, weighing, measuring, mixing, and labeling medications for dispensing. Technicians also help maintain patient records, prepare insurance claim forms, stock shelves and take inventory.
The Pharmacy Technician Program at San Jacinto College provides graduates with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to qualify for entry-level positions in pharmacies as well as prepare them for national certification. The program is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to award a certificate in Pharmacy Technology. The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). Upon completion of the program, the graduate will need to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and apply for registration with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) to practice as a Registered Pharmacy Technician.
Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 31 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This demand will be due to the expansion of retail pharmacies the increased number of middle-aged and elderly people, and the increasing roles and responsibilities of pharmacy technicians. Good job opportunities are expected for full-time and part-time pharmacy technicians with formal training and/or previous experience.
Earnings vary widely, depending on experience, skill level, and work setting. In the Houston area, wages may start at $11.00 - $16.25 an hour. In addition, pharmacies pay shift differentials of 10-15% more for working evening, shift, or weekend shifts.
The Pharmacy Technician Program at South campus accepts students twice a year; the Fall semester for the full-time day program and the Spring semester for the full-time evening program. Application deadlines are July 31st for the Fall semester and January 8th for the spring semester.
Once the deadline for applications has passed, all completed files will be reviewed and processed.
Applicants for the program must:
1. Meet the college's general admission requirements
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Apply to San Jacinto College
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2. Meet the Program's Admission Requirements
- Program Application
- Clear Background Check
- Negative Drug Screen
- Immunization Records
- Pharmacy Technician Trainee License (more info first day of class)
Program Admission Documents
Acceptance to the Pharmacy Technician Program is based on open enrollment, first come first serve basis. If a student meets all basic requirements, he/she is accepted for admission. When the program capacity is reached, qualified applicants are placed on a waiting list in the order their application was received, and they are offered admission during the next admission cycle.
South Campus Information Sessions
All information sessions will be held from 6 - 7 pm in the Allied Health Building S-1.251S.
|February 2, 2015||Allied Health Bldg. S-1.251S|
|March 2, 2015||Allied Health Bldg. S-1.251S|
|April 6, 2015||Allied Health Bldg. S-1.251S|
|May 4, 2015||Allied Health Bldg. S-1.251S|
|June 1, 2015||Allied Health Bldg. S-1.251S|
|July 6, 2015||Allied Health Bldg. S-1.251S|
North Campus Information Sessions
All information sessions will be held from 6 - 7 pm in the Allied Health Building N-17.1019
|June 18, 2014||Allied Health Bldg. N-17.1019|
|July 23, 2014||Allied Health Bldg. N-17.1019|
North Campus Mandatory Orientation for Fall 2014 Pharmacy Technician Students
|July 28, 2014 from 6-7 pm||Allied Health Bldg. N-17.1019|
|August 4, 2014 from 10-11 am||Allied Health Bldg. N-17.1019|