Texas Pharmacy Technician Schools
To become a pharmacy technician in Texas you require graduation from a Board approved training program or have completed an apprenticeship. The min. education level required for either a training program or an apprenticeship is a high school diploma or equivalent.
Most popular pharmacy tech training programs are: the Associate Degree's in Pharmacy Technology or Health Sciences or a Certificate/Diploma. The duration of these courses range from 6 months to 2 years. You can choose to study at a campus, online or by correspondence.
Texas Pharmacy Technician Schools
Listed below are schools offering Pharmacy Technician programs in TX. As a general rule, you should request information from more than one school during the course of your research as there are important differences between the training programs offered in each school i.e: cost, admissions requirements, courses and curriculums as well as starting dates.
Southern Careers InstituteCampusDegrees
Online education is ideal for those that do not live near a school or college and/or are time-limited due to family or other restrictions.
Correspondence Schools :
For today's busy student affordable correspondence schools education means that you can study at your own pace. The schools below are popular choices to study for your pharmacy tech course via distance learning
Penn Foster Career SchoolCampusDegrees
The State of Texas requires PTCB certification (you are nationally certified) for pharmacy technicians (CPhtT) that want to work in this state. You require PTCB certification initially if you want to hold licensure in TX. If you have not passed the PTCB examination, you may register as a Texas pharmacy technician trainee.
The State of Texas requires registration for pharmacy technicians and trainees with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. To quality for registration you must have completed a Board approved pharmacy technician program American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
Registered Pharmacy Technicians must obtain continuing education hours (20 units) in order to renew their license, only if their PTCB certification has lapsed. For further information on TX registration for pharmacy technicians visit: http://www.tsbp.state.tx.us/pharmacytechs.htm
The role of a pharmacy technician is: assisting pharmacists in preparing and distributing medications, maintaining drug inventory, and maintaining patient records. Technicians work only under the supervision of a registered pharmacist.
According to Indeed.com the average pharmacy technician salary in Texas for 2012 is $34,000 or $16.34 per hour. Those working in an outpatient setting earn the most, coming in with $39,000 or $18.75 per hour. A PTCB certified pharmacy technician in Texas earns an average annual salary of $39,000 or $18.75 per hour while a senior pharmacy technician and lead pharmacy technician earn an average of $37,000 p.a. or $17.79 per hour.
There is slight city by city variance in average wages. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX Bay is listed at an average of $31,210 or $15 hourly rate, while Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division is at $33,750 or $16.23 hourly rate. Also depending on the work place setting and years of, for example Pharmacy Technician II employed at hospitals earn upwards of $48,714.