Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician Certification program is nationally accredited through the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). Pharmacy Technicians are skilled healthcare specialists who work under the direction of a licensed pharmacist. This 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 realize the actual on-site job experience in both a hospital and community pharmacy.

This program is designed for either full-time or part-time enrollment. The day program begins each Fall. See course descriptions for prerequisites and co-requisites. Students will pay for malpractice insurance and will be required to pass a background check and drug screen. Any misdemeanor or felony conviction 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, Hepatitis B and varicella immunization/history.

Admissions Requirements

  1. High school diploma or GED
  2. Completion and compliance with College of the Mainland’s Application for Admission. Apply to the college at www.com.edu/apply.
  3. Completion of the Pharmacy Technician Program Application at www.com.edu/pharmacytechnician mailed or returned to:

College of the Mainland
Public Service Careers Building
1200 Amburn Rd
Texas City, TX 77591

  1. Interview with Program Director
  2. Approved Criminal Background Check
  3. Approved Drug Screen

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, students must have

  1. Completed the prescribed courses listed in this Catalog with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better,
  2. Passed each PHRA related course listed in the prescribed course of study with a grade of “C” (75%) or better,
  3. Met any individually prescribed behavior or remediation-related requirements.

Effective September 1, 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify potential or enrolled students that a criminal history may make them ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion.  Program specific information will be provided in course syllabi.

Stackable Credentials

  1. Associate of Applied Science - Pharmacy Technician
  2. Certificate - Pharmacy Technician

Full-Time Schedules 

Certificate - Pharmacy Technician

Level One Certificate

Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
PHRA 1301 Introduction to Pharmacy 3
PHRA 1309 Pharmaceutical Math I 3
PHRA 1441 Pharmacy Drug Therapy and Treatment 4
PHRA 1449 Institutional Pharmacy Practice 4
 Semester Credit Hours14
Semester #2
PHRA 1347 Pharmaceutical Math II 3
PHRA 1404 Pharmacotherapy and Disease Process 4
PHRA 2360 Clinical - Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 3
PHRA 1445 Compounding Sterile Preparations 4
PHRA 1243 Pharmacy Technician Certification Review 2
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours30

Associate of Applied Science - Pharmacy Technician

The AAS degree will help further the opportunities for management and advanced responsibility roles.

See course descriptions for prerequisites and co-requisites. Students will pay for malpractice insurance and will be required to pass a background check and drug screen. Any misdemeanor or felony conviction may prohibit the student from obtaining the appropriate registration with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy or 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, Hepatitis B and varicella immunization/history.

Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
PHRA 1301 Introduction to Pharmacy 3
PHRA 1309 Pharmaceutical Math I 3
PHRA 1449 Institutional Pharmacy Practice 4
PHRA 1441 Pharmacy Drug Therapy and Treatment 4
 Semester Credit Hours14
Semester #2
PHRA 1347 Pharmaceutical Math II 3
PHRA 1404 Pharmacotherapy and Disease Process 4
PHRA 2360 Clinical - Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 3
PHRA 1445 Compounding Sterile Preparations 4
PHRA 1243 Pharmacy Technician Certification Review 2
 Semester Credit Hours16
Semester #3
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
PHRA 1102 Pharmacy Law 1
BCIS 1305
Business Computer Applications
or Introduction to Computing
3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Semester #4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
American History/Government Political Science/Social/Behavioral Sciences Select from Core Curriculum3
BMGT 1327 Principles of Management 3
Language, Philosophy and Culture/Creative Arts Select from Core Curriculum3
SPCH 1315
Public Speaking
or Interpersonal Communication
3
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours60

Part-Time Schedule

Certificate - Pharmacy Technician

Level One Certificate

Recommended Part-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
PHRA 1301 Introduction to Pharmacy 3
PHRA 1449 Institutional Pharmacy Practice 4
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #2
PHRA 1309 Pharmaceutical Math I 3
PHRA 1441 Pharmacy Drug Therapy and Treatment 4
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #3
PHRA 1404 Pharmacotherapy and Disease Process 4
PHRA 1347 Pharmaceutical Math II 3
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #4
PHRA 1445 Compounding Sterile Preparations 4
PHRA 1243 Pharmacy Technician Certification Review 2
PHRA 2360 Clinical - Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
 Total Semester Credit Hours30
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