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To become a pharmacy technician in Texas, are classes or training required, or could I just self-study and take the certification exam?

Hello! I'm interested in becoming a certified pharmacy technician. However, I am also currently pursuing a four-year degree. I'm mostly interested in the pharm tech certification so I can gain experience in the field with the purpose of eventually going to pharmacy school, post-graduation. Therefore, I'm concerned about the cost of tuition for taking on a second program on top of my college expenses. I was wondering if it is possible in Texas to simply self study for the certification exam, or am I required to take courses or a training program? #pharmacy #pharmacist #college #pharmacytechnician #pharmtech #medicine

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Bri’s Answer

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I’m from Illinois and my sister just got her pharmacy technician online by just paying for it and the job trained her. In Texas, it’s one of a few states that require pharmacy technician candidates to obtain certification before registering with the state Board of Pharmacy. Employers must provide initial on-the-job training to new trainees and technicians before assigning duties on the job. While the Board does not require formal training at community colleges and other training providers, students can benefit from the didactic and hands-on education available from these institutions: Pharmacy Technician Programs Alvin, TX; Pharmacy Technician Programs San Marcos, TX; Pharmacy Technician Programs Keller, TX; Pharmacy Technician Programs Lubbock, TX; Pharmacy Technician Programs Farmer’s Branch, TX;
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Thank you comment icon Thank you so much Bri, that's helpful and clarifies a lot! I was wondering as a follow up, are you by any chance knowledgeable on what a pharm tech trainee does and what the difference is between that and a full fledged pharm tech? I noticed it's possible to apply to register as a trainee rather than a pharmacy technician and being a trainee involves less requirements, but would that be something I could get a job with? Divya
Thank you comment icon No problem! Honestly I do not know the information for that answer. But I believe on the website I provided the difference between the two is explained. Bri Scott
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Brittany’s Answer

You can apply for a trainee license and start working. You have the trainee license for 2 years which gives you time to take your test and upgrade your license to a full technician.
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Bettye’s Answer

To become a Pharmacy Tech in Texas the applicant must be 18 years of age and present the PTCB number at application. If the applicant does not have the PTCB number, you must apply for it as a Pharmacy Tech trainee. This number is valid for two years. Texas is one of few states that require the P.T. Candidate to vote brain the certification PRIOR TO registering with the State Board of Pharmacy. Employees must also provide the initial on the job training to new trainees and technicians before assigning duties on the job. The Board does not require formal training at the community college and other training providers. Students can benefit from didactic and hands-on education made available at Pharmacy Therapist training institutions/schools.
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