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Pharmacy Technician Noncredit Certificate Program (Richland College)

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Find out how to get started in the Pharmacy Technician program at Richland, see what courses are offered, look at our faculty profiles and get contact information.
Preparing for a career as a pharmacy technician can open doors to several career paths. Find out more about career possibilities and potential salaries.
Check out the career paths of some of our many successful students.
Find out how to get started in the Pharmacy Technician program at Richland, see what courses are offered, look at our faculty profiles and get contact information.
Preparing for a career as a pharmacy technician can open doors to several career paths. Find out more about career possibilities and potential salaries.
Check out the career paths of some of our many successful students.
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Are you a detail-oriented person who likes to make sure everything is correct? Would you enjoy working with all kinds of people in a job that’s different every day? Are you ready to train for a high-demand job in the health care industry?

Richland College offers a comprehensive, noncredit Pharmacy Technician program that prepares you to succeed in the licensing exam and in your future career.

Get started today in Pharmacy Technology!

Pharmacy Technician at a Glance

Looking for a quick overview of the Pharmacy Technician program? Take a look at Pharmacy Technician at a Glance for a short summary of what a pharmacy technician does and the degrees and certificates offered by the colleges of DCCCD.

Why Is This a Good Career Bet?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy through 2022. Job growth in all medical fields is largely due to the aging population as well as more people accessing services because of health care reform. More pharmacy technicians will be needed to work with the increased amount of prescription medicine being used.

Pharmacy technician is among U.S. News and World Report’s top 10 “Best Health Care Jobs” and as well as one of its top 100 jobs overall.

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program at Richland College

Richland College offers one of only two Pharmacy Technician certificate programs in north central Texas accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). This noncredit, fast-track program takes about eight months to complete, or about a year with the required externship clinical rotation (an externship is an internship that is done without pay).

Pharmacy Technician Certificate Options

Richland’s noncredit Pharmacy Technician program offers these options:

  • The Community Pharmacy Technician option prepares you to work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist in a retail pharmacy. This option can be completed in one semester.
  • The Institutional Pharmacy Technician option (which includes the Community Pharmacy Technician option as its first semester) prepares you for work in hospital or retail pharmacies under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. This option can be completed in two semesters. The Institutional Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).
  • The IV Admixture Certification Course for Pharmacy Technicians is available in both regular and accelerated formats for certified, registered pharmacy technicians to gain national IV certification that will be accepted by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and/or Texas State Board of Pharmacy. available in both regular and accelerated formats for certified, registered pharmacy technicians to gain national IV certification that will be accepted by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and/or Texas State Board of Pharmacy.

To practice in Texas, all pharmacy technicians are required to pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and gain registration with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy as a certified pharmacy technician.