Department of Pharmacy

Training and Education

The Department of Pharmacy is committed to advancing the practice of pharmacy. This commitment is achieved in areas including our Residency program in Pharmacy Practice, Internal Staff Development initiatives, our Technician Training program, and the Pharmacy Student Rotations established for two schools of pharmacy.

Click on a section title to view a brief description of each:

Residency in Pharmacy Practice

Residency in Pharmacy Practice

UTMB participates in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists accredited residency program. The one-year program provides a challenging learning and practice experience. The resident will complete a series of structured rotations through areas including drug information, internal medicine, pharmacy practice management and ambulatory care. In addition, the resident has the opportunity to select elective / specialized rotations that match their specific interests to provide a well rounded, practical experience. continue reading...

Internal Staff Development

Internal Staff Development

Ongoing initiatives are pursued to ensure continued professional growth of our employees (both professional staff and technical staff). This includes the provision of Continuing Education programs hosted within the department, continued expansion in clinical responsibilities of the pharmacy staff, and the commitment to work with employees furthering their education.

Student Rotations

Student Rotations

UTMB serves as an experiential site for pharmacy students enrolled at the University of Texas and the University of Houston. Clinical rotations provide experience in patient medication consultation, drug regimen review, basic clinical pharmacokinetics, age or disease-specific dosing considerations, and drug information. Hospital rotations provide experience in preparation of sterile products, extemporaneous compounding, medication distributions systems / automation, and outpatient medication systems.

Technician Training Program

Pharmacy Technician Program

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Technician Training Program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Pharmacy Technicians are paraprofessionals that work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist and assist in the preparation and dispensing of medications. The Pharmacy Technician Career offers excellent employment opportunities at the University of Texas Medical Branch and throughout the United States in community, institutional and other pharmacy practice settings. The pay ranges from $10-15/hour starting pay and increases depending on formal training and experience. The chance for advancement and above level practice is exceptional.

Individuals interested in science, math and heath care are excellent candidates for the profession. Good math and communication skills as well as problem solving skills are good attributes for the Pharmacy Technician program.

Program Overview

The technician training program consists of didactic training followed by experiential training. Students completing the program will receive a certificate for completing the formal technician training program which is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. In addition, the student will be prepared for the national technician certification exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and may then register with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy to fulfill the qualifications to work as a pharmacy technician in the state of Texas.

Didactic Component

The didactic training will consist of approximately 400 hours of classroom teaching and exercises. Course work will include mathematics, communication skills, pharmacy law, and an introduction to pharmacology, medical terminology, community and institutional pharmacy practice including inventory control, manufacturer’s assistance program, investigational drugs and quality assurance. This section will be taught as 4 hour classes Monday through Friday over 12 -15 weeks.

Experiential Component

This experiential training will occur following the didactic component. This section will consist of approximately 496 hours of on-the-job training and experience in a variety of pharmacy practice settings over a 15-17 week period. The student will learn about pharmacy operations including pharmacy automation, IV admixture preparation, extemporaneous compounding, drug delivery systems, pharmacy computer systems, and gain experience in communicating with patients and healthcare providers.

This training will occur at the University of Texas Medical Branch and potentially other locations in the community. During each training component, the technician will be assigned to an experienced technician for day-to-day training and overseen by the assigned pharmacist preceptor for each student. At the end of each training component, the program coordinator will assess the student’s competence in that area of practice. Additional training time may be required if the student has not shown competence in the allotted time.

Cost of Program

The cost of this training program is $1500.00; additional costs may be associated with teaching and testing materials as well as time invested by guest lecturers. The cost does cover all books and a lab jacket. The trainees’ will be responsible for purchasing their own uniforms as determined by each institutions dress code. The estimate of the number of students awarded into the program is between four to seven students per course. Individual courses are available as well: $50 –$75 per course. Email the program director for more details at mfjensen@utmb.edu.

Qualifications for the Program

Candidates must:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • pass an extensive background security test
  • present 3 letters of recommendation
  • have a TB skin test
  • gone through an interview process

Pharmacy Technician Program Goals

The program goals are based on the objectives found in the “ASHP Accreditation Standard for Pharmacy Technician Training Programs, Part VII” published in the practice Standards of ASHP. During the Training Program, the following objectives will be covered:

  • Assist the pharmacist in collecting, organizing, and evaluating information for direct patient care, medication use review, and departmental management.
  • Receive and screen prescription/medication orders for completeness and authenticity.
  • Prepare medications for distribution.
  • Verify the measurements, preparation, and/or packaging of medications produced by other technicians.
  • Distribute medications.
  • Assist the pharmacist in the administration of immunizations.
  • Assist the pharmacist in the identification of patients who desire/require counseling to optimize the use of medications, equipment, and devices.
  • Initiate, verify, assist in the adjudication of, and collect payment and/or initiate billing for pharmacy services and goods.
  • Purchase pharmaceuticals, devices, and supplies according to an established purchasing program.
  • Control the inventory of medications, equipment, and devices according to an established plan.
  • Assist the pharmacist in monitoring the practice site and/or service area for compliance with federal, state, and local laws; regulations; and professional standards.
  • Maintain pharmacy equipment and facilities.
  • Assist the pharmacist in preparing, storing, and distributing investigational medication products.
  • Assist the pharmacist in the monitoring of medication therapy.
  • Participate in the pharmacy department’s process for preventing medication misadventures.

Foundation Knowledge and Skills

  • Take personal responsibility for assisting the pharmacist in improving direct patient care.
  • Demonstrate ethical conduct in all job-related activities.
  • Maintain an image appropriate for the profession of pharmacy.
  • Resolve conflicts through negotiation.
  • Understand the principles for managing change.
  • Appreciate the need to adapt direct patient care to meet the needs of diversity.
  • Appreciate the benefits of active involvement in local, state, and national technician and other pharmacy organizations.
  • Appreciate the value of obtaining technician certification.
  • Understand the importance of and resources for staying current with changes in pharmacy practice.
  • Communicate clearly when speaking or writing.
  • Maximize work efficiency through the use of technology.
  • Efficiently solve problems commonly encountered in one's own work.
  • Display a caring attitude toward patients in all aspects of job responsibilities.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patient and proprietary business information.
  • Understand direct patient care delivery systems in multiple practice settings.
  • Efficiently manage one's work whether performed alone or as part of a team.
  • Function effectively as a member of the health care team.
  • Balance obligations to one ’s self, relationships, and work in a way that minimizes stress.
  • Understand the use and side effects of prescription and nonprescription medications used to treat common disease states.
  • Assist the pharmacist in assuring the quality of all pharmaceutical services.

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