IV Certification Classes in Texas with School Information

Research IV certification classes in Texas, which currently has more than ten schools offering training. Read an overview of programs, tuition info and program options for ten schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

Students in Texas can complete IV classes that are primarily offered as part of a pharmacy technician program. Training typically covers intravenous admixture, sterile compounding and aseptic techniques. Listed below is an overview of IV-related programs offered at 10 schools, as well as a comparison chart showing tuition at a glance. These programs and courses are typically available at community colleges in Texas.

IV classes and their related programs are often hands-on in nature; students complete practicums, clinical rotations and internships. In addition, students may need to pass a final exam in order to complete their program.

Career Requirements

Presently, there is no national certification available specifically in IV admixture. Instead, students are able to become Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT) by passing an exam administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Prospective pharmacy technicians are required to obtain licensure from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) to work in the state. Although the TSBP does not require completion of formal education for pharmacy technicians, it encourages individuals to consider completing a program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Several of the following schools' programs are accredited where noted, according to the ASHP website.

The TSBP does require the completion of on-the-job training for newly hired pharmacy technicians. The TSBP also requires that pharmacy techs complete 20 hours of continuing education units every two years.

Licensed practical or vocational nurses must also successfully complete an IV therapy course. This type of training is geared towards administering IV fluids to patients. Upon completion of the course, individuals can apply for certification through the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses. One such program is outlined below.


Alvin Community College

Located about 35 miles outside of Houston in the suburban town of Alvin, this school offers a class in intravenous admixtures and sterile compounding. The class is part of the curriculum leading to the pharmacy technician level 1 certificate. Students who select this program have the flexibility of taking classes on a full- or part-time schedule. In addition to coursework, students complete two practicums. The 27-credit program is designed to prepare students for certification with the PTCB.

  • Program Offered: Pharmacy Technician Level 1 Certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012): $1,432 in-district; $2,440 in-state; $3,544 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large suburb

Amarillo College

With its main campus in Amarillo and several other locations in the region, this college serves over 11,000 students in West Texas. Students may complete a course in intravenous admixture and sterile compounding by enrolling in an ASHP-accredited pharmacy technology certificate program. This course also covers training in pharmaceutical calculations and aseptic techniques in parenteral compounding.

The college also offers a continuing education class in administration of IV therapy. The class is designed for healthcare professionals, such as licensed practical nurses. Students complete 24 hours of training, which results in 2.4 units of continuing education credits. The course covers intravenous infusions, IV therapy systemic complications, blood products and venous system physiology.

  • Programs Offered: IV Therapy and Technique Continuing Education Course
    Pharmacy Technology Certificate
  • Tuition & Fees: $160 for IV Therapy and Technique Course (summer 2013)**; $1,842 in-district; $2,778 in-state; $4,242 out-of-state (general tuition and fees)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; mid-sized city

Austin County Community College District (ACCD)

Through the Continuing Education division at this Austin school, students can complete a course in intravenous admixture and sterile compounding. The course is offered as part of the pharmacy technician certificate program, which is ASHP-accredited. The program runs for two semesters and includes lecture, lab and clinical coursework. For the IV course, students complete 80 hours of training for three months during the summer semester. Topics covered include small and large volume parenterals, chemotherapy and narcotic compound sterile preparation (CSP), aseptic methods, pharmaceutical calculations and total parenteral nutrition (TPN) procedures.

  • Program Offered: Intravenous Admixture and Sterile Compounding Course
  • Tuition & Fees: $285 for course (includes lab and insurance fees for summer 2013)**
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large city

Cisco College

Students wishing to train for a career that involves handing IV admixtures and compounds can enroll in a pharmacy technician certificate program at this 2-year school in Cisco. The ASHP-accredited program consists of 33 semester hours of courses qualifying graduates for the Certified Pharmacy Technician exam. Typically, students complete one year of lecture and hands-on clinical training. Along with the IV class, students learn about dosage calculation, which is relevant for administering the proper amounts of IV treatment.

  • Program Offered: Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program
  • Tuition & Fees (2012): $2,280 in-district; $2,970 in-state; $3,842 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; fringe rural

Houston Community College

HCC comprises six campuses, including the Coleman College of Health Sciences campus in Houston. Students at this campus can enroll in a pharmacy technician certificate program to complete a class in IV admixture and sterile compounding. The ASHP-accredited program also consists of classes in pharmaceutical calculation and aseptic techniques. In addition to classroom work, the curriculum includes homecare, hospital and retail clinical rotations.

  • Program Offered: Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program
  • Tuition & Fees: $4,452 in-district; $6,458 out-of-district (total program cost; no date given)**
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large city

Lamar Institute of Technology

Aspiring health professionals seeking a career that involves performing IV procedures will find the coursework they need at the Department of Allied Health and Sciences at this Texas State University System-school in Beaumont. The pharmacy technician certificate program includes a class in intravenous admixtures and sterile compounding along with related coursework and a practicum.

  • Program Offered: Pharmacy Technician Certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012): $3,915 in-state; $12,339 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; midsize city

Northwest Vista College

Located in San Antonio, NVC is one of five colleges in the Alamo Colleges system. The ASHP-accredited pharmacy technician certificate program is administered through the Workforce Technical Programs division. The IV class includes training in preparing intravenous admixtures, such as chemotherapy drugs and total parenteral nutrition. Students also learn to calculate dosages for pharmaceutical drugs and perform aseptic techniques. The program includes other related coursework, such as drug classification and pharmaceutical mathematics. Students must also complete 120 hours of an internship or practicum.

  • Program Offered: Pharmacy Technology ASHP Professional Certificate Program
  • Tuition & Fees (2012): $2,038 in-district; $5,500 in-state; $10,822 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; fringe rural

Richland College

Based in Dallas, this school is part of the Dallas County Community College District. Through the School of Mathematics, Science and Health Professions, students can complete an IV admixture technician certificate program that is ASHP-accredited and meets the certification requirements of the PTCB. The program is designed for pharmacy technicians who are registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. To gain admission into the program, students must have a minimum of 2,000 hours of experience. The program consists of 56 contact hours of training in IV admixture and sterile products. Successful completion awards 15 continuing education credits from the PTCB.

  • Program Offered: IV Admixture Technician Certificate Program
  • Tuition & Fees: $595 for program and textbook (2013)**
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large city

South Texas College

This McAllen school's pharmacy technology certificate program begins in the fall semester and commences the following summer with a capstone practicum. Students complete 36 credit hours of coursework, which includes a 3-credit class in intravenous admixture and sterile compounding. By completing this program, students gain the necessary skills to prepare for the PTCB exam and future employment assisting licensed pharmacists. This curriculum is ASHP-accredited.

  • Program Offered: Pharmacy Technology Certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012): $5,160 in-district; $6,045 in-state; $7,170 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

Tyler Junior College

Located at the West Campus in Tyler, this college offers a 50-hour pharmacy technician program that focuses on the preparation of intravenous admixtures and sterile compounds. Training deals with sterile pharmaceutical calculating, compounding and documenting. Training in aseptic techniques, such as proper gloving and gowning methods is also part of the program, and students learn safety precautions as they relate to exposure to contaminants and hazardous drugs. To earn the certificate, students must complete a final exam.

  • Program Offered: Pharmacy Technician Compounding and Sterile Preparation Program
  • Tuition & Fees: $1,299 (summer 2013 tuition for program)**
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; small city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting IV Certification Programs Offered 2012-2013 Tuition & Fees (Per year, except where otherwise noted)
Alvin Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Pharmacy Technician Level 1 Certificate $1,432 in-district; $2,440 in-state; $3,544 out-of-state*
Amarillo College 2-year, public; mid-sized city IV Therapy and Technique Continuing Education Course,
Pharmacy Technology Certificate
$160 for IV Therapy and Technique Course (summer 2013)**
$1,842 in-district; $2,778 in-state; $4,242 out-of-state (general tuition and fees)*
Austin Community College District 2-year, public; large city Intravenous Admixture and Sterile Compounding Course $285 for course (includes lab and insurance fees for summer 2013)**
Cisco College 2-year, public; fringe rural Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program $2,280 in-district; $2,970 in-state; $3,842 out-of-state*
Houston Community College 2-year, public; large city Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program $4,452 in-district; $6,458 out-of-district (total program cost; no date given)**
Lamar Institute of Technology 2-year, public; midsize city Pharmacy Technician Certificate $3,915 in-state; $12,339 out-of-state*
Northwest Vista College 2-year, public; fringe rural Pharmacy Technology ASHP Professional Certificate Program $2,038 in-district; $5,500 in-state; $10,822 out-of-state*
Richland College 2-year, public; large city IV Admixture Technician Certificate Program $595 for program and textbook (2013)**
South Texas College 4-year, public; midsize city Pharmacy Technology Certificate $5,160 in-district; $6,045 in-state; $7,170 out-of-state*
Tyler Junior College 2-year, public; small city Pharmacy Technician Compounding and Sterile Preparation Program $1,299 (summer 2013 tuition for program)**

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Schools' websites

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