Pharmacy Technology

What is a pharmacy technician and what do they do? Pharmacy technicians assist licensed pharmacists prepare prescription medications, provide customer service, and perform administrative duties within a pharmacy setting. Pharmacy technicians generally are responsible for receiving prescription requests, counting tablets, and labeling bottles, perform administrative functions such as answering phones, stocking shelves, and operating cash registers.

  • Delivery: Combination of daytime,hybrid, and online classes
  • Start: Fall Semester, Full-Time
  • Location: Nursing Allied Health Campus

Accreditation Information

The pharmacy technician program conducted by South Texas College, McAllen, Texas is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Accreditation Services Office
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
4500 East West Highway, Suite 900
Bethesda, MD 20814
(866)279-0681
asd@ashp.org


PTCB-Recognized Sterile Compounding Education/Training Program

The Pharmacy Technology program at South Texas College is a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)-Recognized Sterile Compounding Education/Training Program.

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
2215 Constitution Avenue NW, Suite 101
Washington, DC 20037
ptcb.org

Advising Schedules

General Information Session for the Pharmacy Technology Program will be held at the Nursing and Allied Health Campus in NAH-B 3.203 Conference Room from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm on the following Thursdays:

  • October 25, 2018
  • November 1, 2018
  • November 8, 2018
  • November 15, 2018
  • November 29, 2018
  • December 6, 2018
  • December 13, 2018

Admission Criteria

  1. Meet general admission requirements to South Texas College.
  2. Have a High School diploma or GED.
  3. Be 18-years of age for clinical/practicum experience.
  4. Degree option: Be TSI Complete or TSI Exempt.
  5. Complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of "C" as listed in the Pharmacy Technician Program degree plan.
  6. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all courses completed through STC.
  7. Complete program specific requirements for clinical practice.
  8. Submit a completed Pharmacy Technology program application.
  9. Participate in individual student advisement with Pharmacy Technician program faculty prior to application.
  10. Satisfy healthcare agency requirements prior to clinical practice.

Additional Information and Requirements

Program Estimated Cost

  • Associate of Applied Science: $13,866.00.
  • Certificate: $9,196.00.

Program Dismissal Policy

Students may be dismissed from the Pharmacy Technology program according to the following criteria:

  1. Failure to comply with the clinical standards and standards of professional conduct outlined in the Nursing and Allied Health Division Handbook.
  2. Failure to complete all program courses in a semester with a final course grade of “C” or better.
  3. Failure to comply with contract for program continuance or to comply with unsafe practice remediation requirements.
  4. Failure to call the practicum instructor and the appropriate site before practicum arrival time on each absent day.
  5. Failure to meet program attendance standards.
  6. The Texas State Board of Pharmacy refuses to issue pharmacy technician trainee registration or revokes or suspends pharmacy technician trainee registration at any time during the Pharmacy Technology program course of study.

Clinical Requirements

  • Clinical requirements include a criminal background check, current immunization status, clear tuberculosis screen, a drug and alcohol urine screen, current CPR status, current accident/health insurance, meeting technical standards of the Pharmacy Technology Program, and maintenance of a COMPLIO account throughout the program.Find more information at https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/clinical_affairs.html.
  • The Texas State Board of Pharmacy requires a separate fingerprint based criminal background check for application as a pharmacy technician trainee. A negative background check performed through South Texas College does not imply the Texas State Board of Pharmacy will not deny pharmacy technician registration if it determines there is an issue in the student’s criminal background.
  • South Texas College Pharmacy Technology Program students must apply for registration with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician trainee during the second semester of the program.  Texas law requires pharmacy technician students to be registered pharmacy technician trainees to attend practicum in pharmacies registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.  This trainee registration requires the student to apply to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy and submit fingerprints for a criminal background check.

Gainful Employment - Licensure

Requirements for Texas State Board of Pharmacy Registration

  • Candidates for registration as a pharmacy technician in Texas must submit an application to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, proof of certification by a national organization such as the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), and fingerprints for a criminal background check.

Requirements for National Certification

  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) requires candidates to:
    1. have a high school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., GED or foreign diploma) or be within 60 days of completion.
    2. fully disclose all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions.
    3. comply with all applicable PTCB certification policies.
    4. achieve a passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).
  • National Healthcareer Association (NHA) awards Pharmacy Technician Certification for candidates who:
    1. are within 60 days or less of completing a high school diploma or equivalent such as a GED or foreign diploma.
    2. complete a pharmacy technician training program offered by an accredited or state-recognized institution or provider, any branch of the U.S. Military, employer, or a national pharmacy association recognized by the respective state’s Board of Pharmacy and approved by the candidate’s employer.
    3. meets the work experience criteria of 1200 hours of supervised pharmacy related work experience within any 1 year in the last 3 years, if 5 years or more have passed since the candidate completed a training program.
    4. achieves a passing score on the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians.

Program Graduate Pass Rate

  • 100% of 2016-2017 Cohort who attempted the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam passed.

Degree Plans Faculty Staff Career Exploration Resources

Faculty
Name E-mail Phone Location
Garza, Dr. Theresa tmgarza 956-872-3102 NAHC East 106
Rodriguez, Roger rrodriguez_4029 956-872-3003 NAHC West 3-305
Zuniga, Crystal czuniga_4815 956-872-3018 NAHC West 3-306

For faculty not listed, please contact the department.

Staff
Name E-mail Phone Location
Sepulveda, Cecilia - Faculty Secretary csepul10 956-872-3049 NAHC West 3-304
Perez, Fred fperez_5263 956-872-3194 NAHC West 3-308

Work Environment

Pharmacy technicians often work in retail, institutional, and mail-order pharmacies and have various responsibilities, depending on State rules and regulations. Technicians receive written prescription requests from patients. They also may receive prescriptions sent electronically from doctors' offices, and in some States they are permitted to process requests by phone. They must verify that the information on the prescription is complete and accurate. To prepare the prescription, technicians retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure, and sometimes mix the medication. Then they prepare the prescription labels, select the type of container, and affix the prescription and auxiliary labels to the container. Once the prescription is filled, technicians price and file the prescription, which must be checked by a pharmacist before it is given to the patient. Technicians may establish and maintain patient profiles, as well as prepare insurance claim forms. Technicians always refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters to a pharmacist.

Pharmacy technicians and aides work in clean, organized, well-lighted, and well-ventilated areas. Most of their workday is spent on their feet. They may be required to lift heavy boxes or to use stepladders to retrieve supplies from high shelves.

Technicians and aides often have varying schedules that include nights, weekends, and holidays. In facilities that are open 24 hours a day, such as hospital pharmacies, technicians and aides may be required to work nights. Many technicians and aides work part time.

Salary Data

National median wage: $14.86/hr; $30,920/year (BLS, May 2014)
Texas median wage: $15.90/hr; $31,830/year (BLS, May 2016)
McAllen, Edinburg, Mission Metropolitan Area median wage: $14.75/hr; $30,680/year (BLS, May 2016)
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (visited February 2, 2018).

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PHRA Application

General Advisement for the Pharmacy Technology Program is held each fall and spring semester. Information packets are distributed during this advisement session. The application period is from the first Friday in February through the last Friday in May. Please contact the Program office at (956) 872-3049 for additional information or for an appointment with program faculty.