Pharmacy technicians are skilled healthcare specialists who work under the direction of a licensed pharmacist. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Program will prepare the student to pass the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and to obtain the skills necessary to function as a successful pharmacy technician in a retail or hospital setting. Each student is given the opportunity as an intern to gain on-site job experience in both a hospital and community pharmacy.
The program is designed for full-time enrollment each semester and is nationally accredited through the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). The day program begins each Fall. See course descriptions for prerequisites and corequisites.
Students will pay for malpractice insurance and will be required to pass a background check. Any misdemeanor or felony convictions may prohibit the student from obtaining the appropriate registration with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy and being able to participate in the on-site internship. A TB skin test and seasonal influenza vaccination will be required as well as documentation of Tdap, MMR and varicella immunization/history.
- High school diploma or GED
- Completion and compliance with College of the Mainland’s Application for Admission
- Reading competency--must be eligible for the COM course READ 0370
- Math competency--must be eligible for the COM course MATH 0310
Students are required to take any necessary remedial courses before entering the Pharmacy Technician Program.