Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

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The pharmacy technician is a vital member of the health care team.  Technicians must have a broad knowledge of both retail and hospital pharmacy practice.  They usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medications for patients, such as retrieving, counting, pouring, weighing, measuring, mixing, and labeling medications for dispensing.  Technicians also help maintain patient records, prepare insurance claim forms, stock shelves and take inventory.


The Pharmacy Technician Program at San Jacinto College provides graduates with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to qualify for entry-level positions in pharmacies as well as prepare them for national certification.  The program is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to award a certificate in Pharmacy Technology.  The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP/ACPE).  Upon completion of the program, the graduate will need to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and apply for registration with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) to practice as a Registered Pharmacy Technician.


Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.  This demand will be due to the expansion of retail pharmacies the increased number of middle-aged and elderly people, and the increasing roles and responsibilities of pharmacy technicians.  Good job opportunities are expected for full-time and part-time pharmacy technicians with formal training and/or previous experience.


Earnings vary widely, depending on experience, skill level, and work setting.  In the Houston area, wages may start at $11.00 - $16.25 an hour.  In addition, pharmacies pay shift  differentials of 10-15% more for working evening, shift, or weekend shifts.

Admission Procedures

The Pharmacy Technician Program at South campus accepts students twice a year; the Fall semester for the full-time day program and the Spring semester for the full-time evening program.  Application deadlines are July 31st for the Fall semester and January 8th for the spring semester.

The Pharmacy Technician Program at North campus accepts students once a year; the Fall semester for full-time day program and for part-time afternoon program. Application deadlines is July 31st.

Once the deadline for applications has passed, all completed files will be reviewed and processed.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the program must:

1. Meet the College's general admission requirements

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Apply to San Jacinto College

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2. Meet the Program's Admission Requirements

  • Program Application
  • Clear Background Check
  • Negative Drug Screen
  • Immunization Records
  • Pharmacy Technician Trainee License 

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North Campus                                             South Campus
5800 Uvalde Rd                                            13735 Beamer Rd.
Houston, TX 77049                                       Houston, TX 77089                 

CLICK HERE to fill out the Pharmacy Technician Request Form. One of our staff will contact you as soon as possible.                                       

Program Requirements

The Pharmacy Technician Program utilizes the company "Castle Branch" to perform background checks, drug screen testing and to manage all required documents. All applicants are required to purchase and pass the background check and drug screen testing BEFORE they are allowed to register for any Pharmacy Technician course. Select the link below to access the Package Code:

North Campus South Campus
North Campus Package Code South Campus Package Code
Castle Branch User Guide Castle Branch User Guide

Immunizations Checklist

Click Here to access the Immunization Checklist and requirements

Additional Documentations

Approximate Costs For Pharmacy Tech Program

Required Book List for Pharmacy Program

Pharmacy Technician Student Handbook

Selection Criteria

Acceptance to the Pharmacy Technician Program is based on open enrollment, first come first serve basis. If a student meets all basic requirements, he/she is accepted for admission.  When the program capacity is reached, qualified applicants are placed on a waiting list in the order their application was received, and they are offered admission during the next admission cycle.

South Campus Information Sessions

All information sessions will be held from 12 pm - 1pm & 6 - 7 pm in the Allied Health Building S-1.251S.

 Date: Location: 
Monday February 4, 2019 Allied Health Building, S-1.251S
Monday March 4, 2019 Allied Health Building, S-1.251S
Monday April 1, 2019 Allied Health Building, S-1.251S
Monday May 6, 2019 Allied Health Building, S-1.251S

North Campus Information Sessions

All information sessions will be held in the Allied Health Building N-17.1019

 Date: Location: 
June 6, 2018 - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Allied Health Bldg. N-17.1019a 
June 13, 2018 - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Allied Health Bldg. N-17.1019a 
July 11, 2018 - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Allied Health Bldg. N-17.1019a


North Campus Mandatory Orientation for Fall 2018 Pharmacy Technician Students

Only for students who are registered and accepted into the Pharmacy Technician Program at North Campus. 

 Date/Time: Location: 
August 1, 2018 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm                                     Allied Health Bldg. N-17.1082* (Credit Students Only)  
August 1, 2018 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Allied Health Bldg. N-17.1082* (Dual Credit Only) 
August 1, 2018 - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Allied Health Bldg. N-17.1082* (Early College Only)



Contact Information

Contact Info: 
Regina Ram, South Campus: Program Director/Clinical Liaison
281-998-6150 x3597
Richard Hind South Campus: Senior Administrative Assistant
281-998-6150 ext 3350
Irene Villatoro, North Campus: Program Director
281-998-6150 x 7348
Emily Garcia, North Campus: Senior Administrative Assistant
281-998-6150 x 7301

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