Pharmacy Technician

Program Type: Fully Online
Program Level: Continuing Education
Department: Continuing Education
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: NVC

What is the Pharmacy Technician program?

Alamo Community Colleges District - Continuing Education is a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program. With the CPhT credential, technicians demonstrate their knowledge and commitment in medication safety and effective patient care across pharmacy settings. Employers prefer, and many require, their pharmacy technicians to be PTCB CPhTs. Pharmacy technicians play an integral role in supporting pharmacists and providing safe and effective care to patients in community, hospital/health system, ambulatory care, military, compounding, online, veterinary, and other practice settings. Specific responsibilities will vary by the type of practice setting and the technician’s level of experience. In general, a pharmacy technician may take and review medication histories, enter prescription orders, package and label prescriptions & operate automated dispensing systems, maintain inventories, process insurance claims, and compound sterile preparations.
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**Student Background Disclaimer:

Many healthcare-related positions require applicants to undergo a criminal background fingerprint test and/or drug screening. A criminal history may prevent licensing, certification or employability.
As you are considering a CE program that requires a criminal background/fingerprint test and/or drug screening, are responsible:
  • For knowing whether if they are eligible for licensure or certification before committing to a CE program, and
  • Contacting the respective certification agency to find out if a conviction will prohibit them from being certified and able to work in the industry.
  • Contacting legal counsel to discuss an existing criminal background prior to applying to Alamo Colleges District Continuing Education for guidance.


  • Introduction To Pharmacy - PHRA 1001
  • Pharmaceutical Mathematics I - PHRA 1009
  • Pharmaceutical Mathematics II - PHRA 1047
  • Pharmacy DRUG - Therapy & Treatment - PHRA 1041
  • Mental Health First Aid - PMHS 1091
  • Community Pharmacy Practice - PHRA 1091
  • Ethics And Texas Pharmacy Law - PHRA 1002
  • Intravenous Admixture & Sterile Compounding - PHRA 1091
  • Certification Review - PHRA 1043


Program Information

Time Commitment

346 Contact Hours

6 Months


Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)

Career Outlook

Learn more at the Alamo Colleges Career Coach website

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Program Requirements    CE Allied Health Requirements Checklist

Background Check (completed at and Drug Test

Possess proficiency in English (reading, writing, and speaking skills)

You are at least eighteen (18) years of age

Have a high school diploma or GED

Must have access to computer/tablet and internet



Estimated Cost of Attendance
Estimated Cost of Attendance FY 2022-2023  
Tuition and Fees (includes books, Technician-in-Training License and certification exam voucher) $4,087.00
Supplies (scrubs with embroidering) $0
Personal/Miscellaneous $55.00
Total Estimate $4,087.00
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Contact Information

CE Registration

Phone: 210-212-5266 (Option 4)
Campus: Alamo Colleges Center of Excellence for Student Success (ACCESS) Building

CE Program Information
Campus: Alamo Colleges Center of Excellence for Student Success (ACCESS) Building

Additional Information

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