PHARMACY TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

Accreditation:
The Pharmacy Technology program is accredited by the
American Society of Health System Pharmacist (ASHP)

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Angelina College implemented a Pharmacy Technology (PHRA) program in Fall, 2002. 

The implementation of this program was approved by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THE CB). The Pharmacy Technology program conducted by Angelina College is accredited by the American Society of Health- System Pharmacists. 

The Pharmacy Technology Program curriculum is a nine month sequence of instruction, with entry in the Fall semester only.

Pharmacist have long recognized the need for a group of specially trained personnel who have the expertise to provide technical support to the pharmacist. In doing so, valuable pharmacist time needed to perform technical tasks can now be assumed by the pharmacy technician.

A pharmacy technician is a paraprofessional who works under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist to assist in the various activities of a pharmacy department that may not always require the professional judgment of the pharmacist. Such duties include, but need not be limited to:

  • Maintaining patient records

  • Setting-up, packaging and labeling medication doses

  • Filling and dispensing routine orders for stock supplies of patient-care areas

  • Maintaining inventories of drug supplies

  • Mixing drugs with parenteral fluids

  • Sterile product preparation

  • Customer service

The profession of pharmacy technology allows graduates to pursue employment in different types of pharmacy environments. This may include retail pharmacies (independently-owned, drug store chain, grocery store, department store, or mass merchandiser), hospitals, mail-order pharmacies, clinics, long-term facilities, health agencies, pharmaceutical manufacturing industries and in the military.

A pharmacy technology student's job tasks will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Retrieving, stocking, and taking inventory of medication
  • Counting/dispensing medications under pharmacist's supervision
  • Direct customer/patient interaction
  • Pharmacist/Physician interaction
  • Basic clerical skills
  • Traveling to clinical sites
  • A personal commitment
  • Professionalism
  • Practicum experience - Pharmacy technician students will work in a variety of professional settings. 

Pharmacies that provide practicum opportunities for Angelina College students include:

Lufkin:

  • Brookshire Bros.
  • CVS
  • ETBHN
  • K-Mart
  • Memorial Health System of East Texas
  • The Medicine Shoppe
  • Timberland Discount Pharmacy
  • Walgreen's

Nacogdoches

  • Memorial Hospital
  • Medical Center Hospital
  • Omnicare
  • Sunscript
  • Walgreens
  • Best Med

Jasper

  • Medicine Shoppe
  • Walgreens

Livingston

  • Memorial Medical Center
  • Brookshire Brothers

Crockett

  • Davy Crockett Drug
  • Brookshire Brothers
  • ETMC Crockett Hospital

Admission Criteria

Although Angelina College has an open-door policy, specific programs in the College have selected admission. 

The pharmacy technology (PHRA) program has selected admission because more students apply to the program than the program can accommodate. 

Angelina College offers a cooperative pharmacy technology program with the area hospitals and retail pharmacies. The certificate program is designed to provide understanding, proficiency, and skill in pharmacy technology.

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy requires that all individuals performing technician duties must be registered with the board prior to beginning training in a Texas licensed pharmacy.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will receive a certificate of completion from Angelina College. Students will take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination that is administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) in the Spring semester.

Students completing the program will also have satisfied the Texas State Board of Pharmacy training requirements to compound sterile product. This training is part of an ASHP-Accredited program which allows it to be "transferred" to any Texas pharmacy.

After passing the national certification, students must upgrade the technician trainee status to registered technician with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. The approval process includes verification of your criminal history and PTCB certification information.

The program curriculum is a balance of approved didactic and practicum courses which offers the student an opportunity for educational development as well as occupational competence during the nine month program. The student must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all pharmacy technology courses or be dropped from the program.

All applicants should be advised that any conviction of a felony or a misdemeanor charge (other than a minor traffic violation), or hospitalization or treatment for mental illness or chemical dependency can make you ineligible for national certification.

Admission to Pharmacy Technology Program

• Must be 18 years of age or older by Sept. 1

• Gain admission to Angelina College (Note: Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Pharmacy Technology Program.)

• Attend a mandatory Pharmacy Technology Program information session (October, February, March or April) and receive an application packet on or before application deadline. Submit completed program application packet by June 15 each year for August consideration.

• Take TSI test after PAA or proof of exemption for reading, writing, and math

• Must be Texas Success Initiative (TSI) complete in reading and writing and if not TSI complete in math you must pass Math 0310 with a “C” or better.

• Take keyboarding examination or have taken a college-level computer course.

• Bring results of all examinations and all college and high school transcripts or GED to the administrative assistant in Health Careers II building, Room 128 (enclosed in application packet).

• “Conditional” acceptance into the pharmacy technology program is limited. Applicants are ranked and selected based on a point system. The point system is based on preadmission testing (TSI or Accuplacer test and Keyboarding test or college-level computer course) attendance of information session, former health care work- related experience, former college education courses or college degree.

• Interview: The top 20-30 eligible applicants will be interviewed. Applicants will be required to take a basic math skills test and write a short essay on their interest in the Pharmacy Technology Program prior to interviews at a scheduled date in June.

• Students who are accepted into the Pharmacy
Technology Program will be notified by letter from the Pharmacy Technology Program Coordinator by August of each year.

• Students must complete the required health forms and submit them and completed immunization records by June 15th each year for consideration. Drug screening will be required after “conditional” acceptance into the program at a designated time prior to clinical assignments. All expenses related to these health requirements are the students’ responsibility.

Additionally, those applicants accepted into the program must have a complete physical and receive appropriate immunizations and provide a negative drug screen and current CPR certification as mandated by Texas Dept. of State Health Services for healthcare workers prior to practicum assignment.

Pharmacy Technology Program

REQUIRED CORE CURRICULUM

BIOL 1409 General Biology 4
STSU 0300 Student Success+ 0

FIRST SEMESTER

Required Technical Core Courses

Credit Hours

*PHRA1266 Practicum I** 2
*PHRA1301 Introduction to Pharmacy 3
*PHRA1305 Drug Classification 3
*PHRA1309 Pharmaceutical Mathematics I 3
*PHRA1313 Community Pharmacy Practice 3

SECOND SEMESTER

*PHRA1345 Compounding Sterile Preparation & Aseptic Technique 3
*PHRA1349 Institutional Pharmacy Practice 3
*PHRA1441 Pharmacy Drug Therapy and Tx 4
*PHRA2366 Practicum II** 3
*PHRA1102 Pharmacy Law 1

Total hours for Certificate

32

*Courses must be taken in sequence. Co-requisites and prerequisites required: See course descriptions in General Bulletin.

+Must take STSU 0300 if less than 24 hours college credit.

Graduates of the Angelina College Pharmacy Technology Program will be eligible for:

  • Angelina College Certificate of Completion

  • National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam

  • Texas Board of Pharmacy Registration

Student Accidents:
As a student at Angelina College, you will encounter certain risks while you are enrolled in a classroom, or laboratory experience, or in a clinical or practicum setting. In the event that you sustain an injury and or require any medical testing or care, all resulting medical expenses (hospital, ambulance, or physician fees), are your responsibility and not the responsibility of Angelina College or the clinical/practicum site.

It is recommended that you purchase a student/personal health insurance plan (medical and hospitalization) if you are not covered by a group health insurance plan.

Pharmacy Technician Job Outlook:

Good job opportunities are expected for full-time and part-time work, especially for technicians with formal training or previous experience. Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2014 because as the population grows and ages, demand for medications will increase dramatically. The increased number of middle-aged and elderly people will spur demand for technicians in all practice settings.

 

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Elaine Young

Pharmacy Technician Program Coordinator

eyoungangelina.edu

936-633-5433