Certificate Plan

Texarkana College is dedicated to facilitating the growth and development of enrolled students in becoming competent entry-level pharmacy technicians to function within the healthcare community they serve. Students will learn the theory of the pharmacy profession including both institutional and retail/community pharmacy essentials.  Upon completion of this program, students will gain growth and development in becoming pharmacy technicians with high ethics, professionalism, effective communication skills, critical thinking skills, clinical competency, and the highest quality patient care in mind.

Pharmacy Technician Program Admission Requirements

  1. A college Application for Admission indicating Pharmacy Technician as your major and the date of desired enrollment. Students must meet all TC admission requirements.
  2. A personal guidance interview with the Health Sciences Enrollment Specialist. Call for an appointment. (903) 823-3401
  3. An official high school transcript or GED scores and transcripts from all other colleges attended. Students in the Pharmacy Technician Program must be 18 years or older to enroll.
  4. Any student on suspension or probation must be cleared through the Admissions Office.
  5. Prior to acceptance, a negative drug screen will be required. This is not required until notification in writing of “Conditional Acceptance” into the Pharmacy Technician program has been sent.
  6. Hepatitis B vaccination series. NOTE: It takes 6 months to complete the vaccine series.  Allow time for this prior to application/entry.  If you have questions, please contact the Pharmacy Technician Program Coordinator.
  7. Tetanus-diphtheria vaccine within the last 10 years.
  8. Proof of a Negative TB skin test or negative chest x-ray within six months prior to starting the program.
  9. Measles, Mumps & Rubella vaccine. (MMR)
    1. Students born on or after January 1, 1957, must show proof of vaccination of two doses of measles-containing vaccine administered SINCE January 1, 1968 (preferably MMR vaccine).
    2. Students born on or after January 1, 1957, must show proof of vaccination of one dose of mumps vaccine.
    3. Students born on or after January 1, 1957, must show proof of vaccination of one dose of the rubella vaccine.
  10. Return checklist to the Health Sciences Enrollment Specialist with an original signature and date.

Completion of one’s file does not constitute admission to the Pharmacy Technician program.  It is your responsibility to complete the appropriate admissions requirements by the stated deadlines.  In addition, be aware that Texarkana College Health Sciences Division requires pre-admission drug screening for this program. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be mailed to all candidates.  Make certain your correct mailing address is on file.

Pharmacy Technician Program Requirements

After gaining conditional acceptance into the Pharmacy Technician Program, students must register as a Pharmacy Technician Trainee with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.  The fee for this registration is not included in Texarkana College tuition and fees.  This process will include fingerprinting and a criminal background check. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for the application to be processed by the State Board of Pharmacy.  Applicants who are denied a trainee certificate cannot fulfil the program requirements.

Pharmacy Technician / Assistant
Level One Certificate Plan

 

First Semester Hours   Second Semester Hours
PHRA 1301
Introduction to Pharmacy
3 PHRA 1305
Drug Classification
3
PHRA 1202
Pharmacy Law
2 PHRA 1449
Institutional Pharmacy Practice
4
PHRA 1304
Pharmacotherapy & Disease Process
3 PHRA 1313
Community Pharmacy Practice
3
PHRA 1309
Pharmaceutical Mathematics I
3 PHRA 1243
Pharmacy Technician Certification Review
2
PHRA 1315
Pharmacy Terminology
3 PHRA 1360
Clinical – Pharmacy Technician
3
Total 14   Total
Total Hours
15
29

 

 

Please be advised that licensure for this program includes a criminal background check.  If you have a question about this action, please speak to the division dean.

Please be advised that licensure for this program includes a criminal background check.  If you have a question about this action, please speak to the division dean.

Gainful Employment

Have questions about this program, the costs involved and what job prospects may exist in the marketplace?  Check our Gainful Employment report.

To learn more, please contact us.

Karen Holt
Health Science Enrollment Management Specialist
(903) 823-3351
email
Courtney Shoalmire, MSN, RN
Dean of Health Science
(903) 823-3142
email

Pharmacy Course Descriptions

PHRA 1202 Pharmacy Law

Overview of federal and state laws governing the practice of pharmacy. The legal and ethical constraints governing pharmacy technician and pharmacist responsibilities in practice settings

PHRA 1260 Clinical: Pharmacy Technician/Assistant

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

PHRA 1301 Introduction to Pharmacy

An overview of the qualifications, operational guidelines, and job duties of a pharmacy technician.

PHRA 1305 Drug Classification

A study of disease processes, pharmaceutical drugs, abbreviations, classifications, dosages, actions in the body, and routes of administration.

PHRA 1309 Pharmaceutical Mathematics I

Pharmaceutical mathematics including reading, interpreting, and solving calculation problems encountered in the preparation and distribution of drugs.

PHRA 1391 Special Topics in Institutional and Community Pharmacy Practice

Highlights differences in procedures and tasks between community (retail) pharmacies and those in institutional pharmacies (hospitals, surgery centers, cancer centers, etc.).