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School of Allied Health - Pharmacy Technician

Have you ever wondered what medications consist of, or how medicine interacts with our bodies to improve our quality of life? Now you have a chance to learn about this and much more. Become a Pharmacy Technician and embark on a career that is essential to our health care industry and allows for further career growth.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for the Pharmacy Technician field is projected to grow at a rate of 20% over the next decade! Graduates tend to enjoy an increased salary, a quick turnaround, and a very bright future!

The Pharmacy Technician will perform skills that include: (a) filling medications, (b) preparation of admixtures of I.V. and sterile compounding of solutions, (c) applying the administrative and technical aspects of administrating a pharmacy, (d) use of terminology and medical abbreviations as they relate to pharmacy, (e) applying dosage forms and routes of administration, (f) using pharmacy calculations, (g) applying pharmacy law, (h) interpretation of medication orders, prescriptions and drug classifications. (i) dealing with purchasing and inventory control (j) applying computer technology and (k) identifying basic anatomic and physiologic systems as they relate to medication interactions. Graduates receive a certificate of completion for Pharmacy Technician from RGV College. All students must pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s National Certification Examination in order to register as a Pharmacy Technician. This course of instruction trains prospective students in competencies that enable the graduate to successfully pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.

Our pharmacy program partners with PioneerRx, the top pharmacy management system in the industry. PioneerRx enhances our curriculum with a hands-on approach to learning that stimulates the functions and workflow of today’s most innovative pharmacies. For more information, visit https://www.pioneerrx.com. See how PioneerRx compares to other pharmacy software vendors at http://www.pharmacysoftwarereviews.com.

Our Pharmacy Technician program is jointly accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). and the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP).

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Pharmacy Technician students

at RGV College can learn the following beneficial career skills depending on their work setting:
  • How to enter prescription data into pharmacy data processing systems
  • How to prepare and package drug orders
  • How to ensure prescription containers are safely labeled
  • How to initiate and receive refill authorization requests
  • How to distribute routine orders forsupply to patient care areas
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Professional communication skills
  • Drug effects on the human body

Our Pharmacy Technician program takes 7 months (780 clock hours) to complete. Click here to download a course description

Additional Information

For additional information on the requirements for obtaining Pharmacy Technician Registration from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, please go to www.pharmacy.texas.gov

For additional information on becoming a nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician, go to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's website at www.ptcb.org

For additional information on becoming a nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician by taking the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (EXCpT), go to the NHA website at https://www.nhanow.com/certifications/pharmacy-technician


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