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.

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. Students must present their original Texas State Board of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Technician Trainee Certificate to the instructor on the first day of class.

Certificate Plan

First Semester

PHRA 1301 Introduction to Pharmacy 3
PHRA 1309 Pharmaceutical Mathematics I 3
PHRA 1202 Pharmacy Law 2
PHRA 1305 Drug Classification 3
PHRA 1391 Special Topics in Community and Institutional Pharmacy Practice 3
PHRA 1260 Clinical: Pharmacy 2

Total Hours: 16 SCH

To learn more, please contact us.

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

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.).

Admission Requirements

  1. Submit a completed Application for Admission indicating Pharmacy Technician as your major and the date of desired enrollment at ApplyTexas.org.
  2. Submit an official high school transcript or GED scores and transcripts from all other colleges attended.  Graduates of the Pharmacy Technician Curriculum must be 18 years of age to challenge the state certification exams.
  3. Attend a personal guidance interview with a member of the college advising staff or with the H2P completion specialist.  To schedule an advising session, you may call (903)823-3351 or email Karen.Holt@texarkanacollege.edu.
  4. Complete the reading, English, and arithmetic portions of the Accuplacer exam.  You must meet or exceed these scores for admission to the Pharmacy Technician Program:  Reading = > 60;  English = > 62; Arithmetic = > 42
  5. Students who do not meet the reading and/or writing portions are encouraged to take a non-course based mini-camp or ENGL 0041 and/or 0042.  Students who do not meet the standard for the arithmetic portion are encouraged to take a non-course based mini-camp and/or MATH 0029
  6. A satisfactory background check and negative drug screen are required to be able to go to the clinical location.
  7. Applicants must have proof of Hepatitis B vaccine series and meningitis vaccine.  Proof of a Negative TB skin test within six months prior to starting classes is also required.

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