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About the Pharmacy Technician Program

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How to Get Started

Prospective students must attend one of our live or online information sessions before meeting with a program coordinator. We can serve you better, answer all of your questions and expedite your admission and registration if you first attend a group meeting. All courses except CPR, recertification classes and exam reviews require a program coordinator’s signature for registration.

As with all Health Professions noncredit certificate programs, we conduct internal academic advising of our students. When you meet with our admissions coordinator following an information session, please mention your interest in the Pharmacy Technician program so he or she can direct you to program admissions requirements that must be met before approval for registration. Students will then attend a scheduled group registration session with a program coordinator to determine which courses may be taken and will be provided additional materials needed before the start of classes.

Course Costs

Pharmacy Technician is a noncredit program that has course costs that are different from tuition for credit courses at the colleges of DCCCD. Place of residency is not a factor for tuition expenses.

  • Community Pharmacy Technician: approximately $1,495. Books, uniforms and liability insurance are additional expenses.
  • Institutional Pharmacy Technician: Tuition of about $3,015 (including the Community Pharmacy Technician option, which must be completed first). Books, uniforms and liability insurance are additional expenses.
  • ACPE Approved IV Technician: Tuition is $595, and students are encouraged to apply for the TPEG (Texas Public Education Grant), which may cover part of tuition only (based on financial need).
  • Courses Offered (Curriculum)

  • Community Pharmacy Technician
  • Institutional Pharmacy Technician
  • ACPE Approved IV Technician
  • Accreditation and Affiliations

    The colleges of Dallas County Community College District — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — are individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The official statement of accreditation for each college is published on the college’s accreditation Web page.

    Richland College offers the only Pharmacy Technician certificate program in North Texas accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

    The Institutional Pharmacy Technician Program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

    Explanation of Certifications and Licensing Bodies

    Pharmacy technicians in Texas are required to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and complete a registration process through the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. Certification is through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board or other TSBP-approved certification examination.

    Two organizations, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians, administer national certification examinations. Certification requirements vary from state to state, as each state’s board of pharmacy regulates the practice of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Texas is one of 40 states in which technician registration is required and one of 17 states in which certification is required. Texas is among 34 states in which completion of a training program (usually administered by the pharmacist-in-charge at a pharmacy or through a self-study resource) is required. While formal education in a community, career or technical college is not required, it is strongly recommended for the safe and efficacious delivery of patient care.

    To be eligible for either exam, candidates must have a high school diploma or GED, no felony convictions within five years of applying and no drug- or pharmacy-related felony convictions at any point. Employers are growing increasingly more aware of the value of those who have completed formal training; graduates of ASHP-accredited programs have a standardized body of knowledge and skills.

    Upon passing the certification examination, technicians must be recertified every two years with 20 hours of continuing education within the two-year certification period. At least one hour must be in pharmacy law. Continuing education hours can be earned from several different sources, including colleges, pharmacy associations and pharmacy technician training programs. Up to 10 hours of continuing education can be earned on the job under the direct supervision and instruction of a pharmacist.

    Certifications include:

  • PhTR — Certified and registered pharmacy technician, certified as a technician through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and registered as a technician by Texas State Board of Pharmacy
  • R.Ph. — registered pharmacist
  • Pharm.D — doctor of pharmacy degree
  • CPhT — certified pharmacy technician
  • Program Funding

    The colleges of DCCCD acknowledge the support of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board under the auspices of the federal Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998.

    Skills for Success

    Clinical rotations providing valuable practical experience are included in externships with all of our Pharmacy Technician options. Richland College’s Career Services Center can help you with job openings and job placement, résumé preparation, job searches, practice interviewing and more. Health Professions can also direct you to a list of preferred employers.

    Mission Statement of Richland College’s Health Professions

    Richland College’s Health Professions programs provide quality, affordable and accessible healthcare education and training to produce job-ready individuals who fulfill the needs of health-care employers and the community.

    Other Noncredit Health-care Certificate Programs at Richland College

    Richland College offers 10 health-care certificate programs. Students may attend part time or full time, days or evenings and pay as they go. Many of these programs may be completed in one year or less full time or two years part time. All require that students have a high school diploma or GED. You must provide proof of college readiness in written and spoken English, math, keyboarding and word processing skills in order to gain approval for enrollment. All programs require a criminal background check and drug screening prior to placement for externship or clinical rotations. Many programs also require updated immunization records prior to clinical courses and/or externships.

    Richland College’s Health Professions Division was recently conjoined with what is now the School of Mathematics, Science and Health Professions, and also offers other allied health-care-related certificate programs that might interest you, including:

  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Medical Office Technology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Practice Manager
  • Insurance Billing and Coding for the Medical Office
  • Medical Office Transcription
  • Medication Aide
  • Beginning in Spring 2010, Health Professions will offer three new certificate programs:

  • Health-care IT Support Specialist
  • Health-care Programmer
  • Health-care Software Analyst
  • Additional continuing education offerings at Richland include:

  • Electronic Medical Records-EMR
  • Insurance Coding Certification Review
  • Medical Assisting Refresher Classes
  • Medical Assisting Certification Review
  • For additional information on Richland’s Health Profession Programs:

    Other Noncredit Health Care Certificate Programs

    Cedar Valley College offers a 50-hour Pharmacy Technician program preparing students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam. Course fee is $999, tuition and textbooks included.

    Health-Related Credit Programs

    Not sure exactly what you want to study? You might also be interested in these other health-related credit programs, including Medical Assisting, Echocardiology Technology, Respiratory Care and Radiological Sciences. The catalog notes which of our colleges offer a particular degree or certificate.

    Other Degree and Certificate Options

    The colleges of DCCCD offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees and certificates, plus more than 50 academic degrees. For more information, see a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.​​

    Faculty Profiles

    Our Pharmacy Technician faculty members not only have relevant degrees but also have real-world experience in the profession, so they can relate to the challenges you’ll face at work. Our instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job. See profiles of some of our Pharmacy Technician faculty.

    Transfer Information

    Pharmacy Technician courses are noncredit courses designed for direct entry into the workforce. If you are interested in taking credit courses in preparation for earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

    Contact Us

    If you have questions about the Pharmacy Technician program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.