Victoria College offers Pharmacy Technician course

July 5, 2014 at 2:05 a.m.

Registration is now open for Victoria College's Pharmacy Technician course, offered Oct. 4 to Dec. 13.

The class will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays in the Continuing Education Center, Room 100 on VC's main campus, and Room 119 in the VC Gonzales Center.

Students must be at least 18 years old and have completed high school or its equivalent to register.

This course will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in a pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's 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 name.

Through classroom lecture and hands-on labs, students will review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the "top 200 drugs," IV flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parental nutrition, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.

Upon successful completion, graduates will receive a certificate of completion and be prepared to take the national exam.

In the Crossroads area, pharmacy technicians earn an average of $14.40 an hour, or $30,000 a year, and can make as much as $37,000 annually.

For more information, contact VC's Workforce and Continuing Education De at 361- 582-2412 or visit



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