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Are you good at paying attention to details and like making sure that everything is correct? Do you enjoy working with all kinds of people, even when they may not be at their best? Would you like to train for a career in the booming health-care industry — where there will always be good-paying jobs?
Think about training as a pharmacy technician! And while you might be able to prepare for the exam by taking a test preparation course or reading the book, our graduates will tell you that there’s no training substitute for a comprehensive program that not only prepares you to succeed on the licensing exam but also to succeed in the career that follows your certification as a pharmacy tech!
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.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by an incredible 31 percent through 2018. More and more prescription drugs are being dispensed, due to scientific advances and the availability of more medications and the fact that an aging population uses more medications. A nationwide shortage of pharmacists, along with an increase in the professionalism and responsibilities of the pharmacy tech profession, mean that more and more responsibilities are being given to pharmacy technicians.
The Pharmacy Technician Program
Richland College offers the only Pharmacy Technician certificate program in North Texas accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). Our 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 two certificate options:
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.
See the information packet and application (PDF – 54KB) for both program options.
A Course for Certified Pharmacy TechsA new certificate is available for certified, registered pharmacy technicians wishing to gain national IV certification approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education: ACPE Approved IV Technician, using a curriculum developed by the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. This course prepares technicians to perform IV admixture of sterile products using proper aseptic technique and processes that are in compliance with current USP 797 standards. Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate from Richland College as well as 40 hours of ACPE-approved continuing education credit issued by the UH College of Pharmacy. The course requires 23.5 hours of home study and 32 hours of on-campus lab practice. Information SessionsIf you’re interested in any of the Pharmacy Technician options, attend an information session. Note: To be accepted into any of these programs, you cannot have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony.
Find out more about the information session schedule for pre-professional health-care programs.