Pharmacy Technician Program

Pharmacy Tech Program

Course Description

This comprehensive 50 hour program will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Course content includes: pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Through classroom lecture and hands on labs, students will review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the “top 200 drugs”, I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parental nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.

The need for Pharmacy Technicians continues to grow with demand expected to increase substantially in the next several years. Technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other healthcare settings. This high demand for pharmacy technicians is the result of a multitude of factors including the constant availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of certified pharmacy technicians, and the aging population. Approximately 400,000 technicians will be employed by the year 2018 to meet our nation’s growing healthcare demands.

Please refer to this guide for frequently asked questions about this program.

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McAllen Brownsville

Course Duration
50 hours

Next Schedule UTRGV McAllen Teaching Site
Date: October 26th - January 18th 2020 
Time: Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

UTRGV McAllen Teaching Site, Room: 1.116

Isaac Rodriguez

Next Schedule UTRGV Brownsville Campus
Date: October 19th - January 11th 2020 
Time: Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

UTRGV Brownsville Campus, Room: BSABH 2.110A

Maria Martinez

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Individuals seeking training to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician. 


Students must have a high school diploma, GED, or to be on track to receive either of those. Participants must also possess a minimum 10-grade level math and reading skills as well.


Persons must be at least 18 years old to sit for the national certification exam after completing this course.

$1,199/person; Total Hours – 50 classroom hours required

Optional: 80-hour clinical externship to gain on the job experience

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Note: If you are applying for the Continuing Education Private Loan to cover the registration fee for a non-credit continuing education program, then please use UTRGV Continuing Education School Code: 00359902. The loan amount you note in the application cannot exceed the open enrollment fee noted on our website. Minimum for the loans must be $500.00. Some service charges may apply.