Pharmacy Technician Program

Discover a Rewarding Career as a Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician Program at the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP) provides the hands-on training, innovative education and a learner-centered community dedicated to advancing the quality of pharmacy practice in a variety of practice settings. This program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and passion to successfully pass the national pharmacy technician certification exam and directly enter the exciting field of pharmacy.

The FSOP Pharmacy Technician Program is eligible to be certified by the ASHP/ACPE, a desirable attribute for job placement.

Classes start Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Applications now open! Contact Glynis Sims-Bonds for additional information.

Pharmacy Technician Program

The 45-week (entry level) or 65-week complete program incorporating the 20-week (advanced level) include a well-blended mix of classroom, audio-visual presentation and hands-on, on-site experience at local hospitals and pharmacies. Instruction is provided by experienced, licensed pharmacists and technicians who are current practitioners in the field of pharmacy.

A woman looking at a bottle of medicine close-upStudent Benefits

  • Earn a UIW certificate of completion and 27 - 41 college credit hours.
  • Classes are conveniently held in the evening on weekdays at the Feik School of Pharmacy.
  • Earn a sterile compounding certification to enhance employment opportunities.
  • Receive college credits, which can be transferred to an associates degree program offered by the UIW School of Professional Studies.
  • Receive opportunities for on-site training through UIW's extensive network of healthcare provider relationships.

Course Subjects Include:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Therapeutics
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • Pharmacy Technician Law
  • Pharmacy Technician Simulation

Two Program Levels and Three Program Options

  1. Certified Entry Level Pharmacy Technician: A 45-week program that consists of eight courses in Pharmacy and 27 college credit hours.
  2. Certified Entry and Advanced Level Pharmacy Technician: A 65-week program that adds three courses and 14 college credit hours to the Entry Level Program once the Entry Level Program is complete.

Location and Times

Classes are held in the evening on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 - 9 p.m. at the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy located at 703 E. Hildebrand, San Antonio, TX 78212.

Tuition

  • Entry-Level: Total tuition for the Pharmacy Technician Program Certified Entry Level is $12,825.
  • Entry and Advanced Level: Total tuition for the combined Certified Entry Level and Advanced Levels is $19,475.

Curriculum

The Pharmacy Technician Program curriculum includes a global perspective with emphasis on social justice and co-curricular activities.

The Entry Level Program consists of the following eight courses (27 credit hours):

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Therapeutics – 2 credit hours
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations – 2 credit hours
  • Pharmaceutical and Sterile Compounding – 1 credit hour
  • Pharmacy Technician Law – 2 credit hours
  • Pharmacy Technician Roles and Communications – 2 credit hours
  • Dispensing – 2 credit hours
  • Pharmacy Technician Simulation – 4 credit hours
  • Early and Intermediate Technician Experience – 12 credit hours

The Advanced Level Program adds the following three courses (14 credit hours) to the Entry Level Program once the Entry Level Program is complete:

  • Advanced Compounding – 3 credit hours
  • Advanced Management – 5 credit hours
  • Advanced Technician Experience – 6 credit hours
 

Career Outlook

Diverse career opportunities exist for full-time and part-time work as a pharmacy technician, especially for technicians with formal training or previous experience. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 12% growth rate for pharmacy technicians. The 2018 median hourly pay was $15.72. The Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) requires passing a national certification exam and registration with the TSBP in order to work as a pharmacy technician.