Pharmacy Technician, Institutional (Hospital)

Learn about the hospital side of being a pharmacy technician.

You can become a pharmacy technician through a 50-hour instruction program. The program will prepare students to sit for their pharmacy tech certification.

Community pharmacy externships are also available through our training partner, CVS.

The Institutional Pharmacy Technician option – which includes the Community Pharmacy Technician training 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).

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This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. 

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The second step in order to further your Pharmacy Technician career is the Institutional Pharmacy Program.

Currently, Dallas College is the only community college offering a Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program that’s accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) within the Dallas Metroplex. The Institutional Section prepares students for entry level hospital pharmacies, specialty pharmacies and sterile compounding of non-hazardous and hazardous IV mixtures.

The program offers:

  • IV hoods for hands-on sterile compounding practice
  • Crash Carts and Pyxis Machines for hospital practices
  • Preparation toward earning an ACPE monitored, IV certification
  • Personal and professional development
  • Career and resume mentoring
  • Review and mock practice test for PTCE
  • Knowledge to work in multiple pharmacy settings
  • Externships at various hospitals
  • Qualifications for earning higher wages

The Community Pharmacy program is a prerequisite to the Institutional Pharmacy program. Visit the Pharmacy Technician Community program page for details.

If you're currently a registered and certified pharmacy technician, visit the IV Certification page for class details and requirements.

Visit the Financial Aid Office for information about how to pay for college.

Please contact the Allied Health Department for Information session times and dates.

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Looking to earn more? Our Pharmacy Tech program can start you on the path to a great career in health care.