Pharmacy Technician

Program Information

Have you always been fascinated by medicine and technology? Do you excel in science and math? If so, you can become a vital member of the health care team by pursuing a career as a pharmacy technician.

Pharmacy technicians are vital members of the health care team. Working under the supervision of the pharmacist, the pharmacy technician performs those tasks associated with the preparation and distribution of medication. Exciting career opportunities include, but are not limited to, positions in hospitals, retail pharmacies, nursing homes, compounding pharmacies, home health care, nuclear pharmacies, insurance companies, and public and government health agencies. San Jacinto College’s pharmacy technician program is a 12-month certificate program designed to provide applicants with the skills and knowledge to pass the National Certification Exam to be credentialed as a certified pharmacy technician as well as to qualify for entry-level positions in a variety of pharmacy settings.

The Pharmacy Technician Program at San Jacinto College is an Advanced Level Training Program that is accredited by The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The program is also a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) recognized program. 

Career Opportunities

Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase 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.

Graduates of our program are able to work as pharmacy technicians in:

  • Hospitals,
  • Nursing homes,
  • Retail,
  • Home health care, and
  • Public and government health agencies.

Earning Potential

Pharmacy Technician median salary: $35,072 per year1


North Campus
South Campus

For more information, students may contact the following:

North campus
281-998-6150, x7348

South campus
281-998-6150, x3597

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 August 8th 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 


Selection Criteria

Acceptance to the Pharmacy Technician Program is based on open enrollment, first come first served 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.


North Campus Application link Click Here <Apply NOW! >            
South Campus Application link Click Here <Apply NOW! >
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 Documentation

Approximate Costs and Fees for Pharmacy Tech Program

Required Book List for Pharmacy Tech Program

Pharmacy Technician Student Handbook

North Campus Pass Rate

South Campus Application Packet

South Campus Application Form

North Campus Application Packet

South Campus Information Sessions

All information sessions will currently be held as a Zoom webinar. 

 Date/Time Webinar Join Link

Monday November 2, 2020

12:00pm CDT

Monday December 7, 2020

12:00pm CDT


South Campus Program Outcomes

San Jacinto College South PTCB Pass Rate as of 12/05/2019 89% (1st Time Pass Rate)


Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) National Pass Rate (2018):

Exams Administered Number of Exams Passed Pass Rate
48,862 28,058 57%


North Campus Information Sessions

All information sessions will currently be held as a Zoom webinar. 

 Date/Time Webinar Join Link: Click the link below at the date and time scheduled. If you miss the webinar session email: for an individual zoom meeting.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 @ 1:00PM

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 1:00PM
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 @ 1:00PM


North Campus Program Outcomes

San Jacinto College North 

Pass Rate as of 9/6/2019

Credit Students


Dual Credit


Early College



Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) National Pass Rate (2018):

Exams Administered Number of Exams Passed Pass Rate
48,862 28,058 57%