Dallas, TX Pharmacy School Overviews with Degree Program Info

Oct 29, 2018

Research pharmacy programs in Dallas, Texas, which currently has ten colleges offering programs for aspiring pharmacist and pharmacy technicians within roughly 35 miles of downtown. Read an overview of the programs, admission info and program requirements for two of these schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Dallas Pharmacy Programs

Students wishing to study pharmacy at various levels have a number of options in the Dallas, TX, area. This article highlights the two closest schools, which are both under a 40-minute drive from downtown Dallas and both offer pharmacy technician programs. Check out the table for information on tuition rates, enrollment numbers and more. There is also a brief section discussing two other school options.

  • Situated about 13 miles from downtown Dallas, Richland College is part of the Dallas County Community College District. The school offers a community pharmacy technician certificate program and an institutional pharmacy technician certificate program.
  • Tarrant County College, which is nearly 32 miles from downtown Dallas, offers a pharmacy technician certificate program.

Comparison of Schools

Making a decision on which school to attend can be tough; the table below can help.

Richland College Tarrant County College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 18,794* 52,957*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,770 in-district, $3,330 in-state, $5,220 out-of-state* $1,593 in-district, $2,862 in-state, $6,885 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 55%* 65%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 67%* 64%*
Graduation Rate (Began Fall 2014) 15% (19% transfer-out rate)* 20% (21% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Richland College

Richland College was established in 1972 and has its campus located in Dallas. In addition to two-year associate degree programs and technical training programs geared to help working professionals, students can receive training in particular career fields through one- and two-year programs. The Community Pharmacy Technician Certificate program prepares students to work in the field upon graduation.

Community Pharmacy Technician Certificate

This program prepares students to work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist in a retail pharmacy, processing prescription drug orders, maintaining patient medication records and managing inventory. Courses include an introductory pharmacy class, as well as courses in pharmaceutical math, pharmacy practice, basic pharmacology and pharmacy insurance. Before participating in the required clinical rotation, students must register as a technician trainee with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. This program can be completed in one semester full-time or in three to four semesters as a part-time student. Graduates will be qualified to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

Institutional Pharmacy Technician Certificate

This program prepares students to work in pharmacies located in hospitals or other institutions. Under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, the institutional pharmacy technician's duties include filling and maintaining dose carts or automated dispensing machines, managing inventory, processing medication orders, distributing medications and compounding sterile and non-sterile medications. This program includes an internship in a commercial pharmacy, and full-time students can complete this program in two semesters. Students will take courses on institutional pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical math, intravenous admixture and sterile compounding, pharmacology and pharmacy insurance. Graduates will be able to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

Tarrant County College

Since 1965, Tarrant County College has provided education to its students with associate degree, certificate and technical programs. Continuing education classes and customized training programs are also available. With five campuses in the county, the college is the sixth largest college or university in Texas.

Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Located at the Trinity River Campus, the pharmacy technician program provides the training required by the Pharmacy Technician Coordinating Board, while preparing students to work with licensed pharmacists at a community pharmacy. There are six required courses that include an introductory class, as well as instruction in pharmacy law, pharmacotherapy and disease process, drug classification and pharmacy math. An optional clinical experience is included. Graduates will be qualified to take the National Certification Examination for pharmacy technicians.

Other School Options

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center offers doctorate pharmacy programs through the center's School of Pharmacy. Participation in the program is possible at four campus locations, with the pharmacy school's main campus located over 300 miles from Dallas in Amarillo. While students typically take classes for the first two years at the Amarillo or Abilene campuses, students can choose to move to the Dallas/Fort Worth campus to complete the final two years of their education.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, just over 32 miles from Dallas, offers a doctoral pharmacy program. This four-year program includes classroom work, lab instruction and experience working in a pharmacy.

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