As a pharmacy technician, you will help the pharmacist package or mix prescriptions, maintain client records, refer clients to the pharmacist for counseling, assist with inventory control and purchasing as well as collect payment and coordinate billing. This course consists of 200 hours of accelerated classroom training with emphasis on skills mastery through hands-on practice and supervision.
Course Fee: $2,595 Includes consumable supplies and course completion certificate.
Financial Assistance: Students with a need for financial assistance may contact Sallie Mae for a loan. There is also a parent-initiated loan option available with Sallie Mae. We are listed as CTCD-Continuing Education on the Sallie Mae site, school code 00400398. Students who qualify may use MyCAA benefits. Contact MyCAA to see if you qualify.
Starting Pay: $12–20 per hour. Due to the increase in pharmaceutical needs of a larger, aging population, growth in this occupation will be almost as fast as the average for all others in the state. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, the need for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 12 percent by 2026.
Certification: Upon successful completion, graduates will receive a certificate of completion within 2-3 weeks after class ends. Students are then eligible to apply for registration as a pharmacy technician in their state and be prepared to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam.
PTCB - Recognized Education / Training Program!
Beginning in 2020, PTCB will change its eligibility requirements for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Program. A primary pathway to eligibility will be completion of a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program.
Schedule: Classes are held on CTC central campus in Killeen during the weekdays and are taught at an accelerated pace.
Optional Clinical Experience: Explore the fundamentals of the diverse roles and practice of pharmacy technicians in an institutional pharmacy setting. Course includes an-depth coverage of hospital pharmacy organization, work flow and personnel, safety techniques, data entry, packaging and labeling operations, inpatient drug distribution systems including investigational drugs, continuous quality improvement and inventory control. (Clock hours/50, CEUs 5)
Program Requirements: Students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment. Students need competency in basic computer operations and will be required to have access to the internet, printing capabilities and an email address. Application packets must include:
- High school diploma/transcript or G.E.D or official transcripts of higher education.
- Two references (relatives may not be used) must be completed on Continuing Education forms.
To view a comprehensive description of Continuing Education's Pharmacy Technician Program, see our Program Summary. For additional information or to register for the program, contact us at 254-526-1586.