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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
Mon - Thur: 7:30am to 6:00pm

The Pharmacy Technology program provides students with the technical knowledge and practical skills required of an entry-level technician in both community and hospital pharmacy settings. This certificate program offers a comprehensive curriculum of didactic as well as hands-on training in prescription filling, inventory packaging, patient profiling, sterile products preparation, and pharmacy calculations. 

Program Brochure

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About the Program Coordinator: Marlena Lomas

Bio/Teaching Philosophy

I began my career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician in July of 2002, a career that has afforded me the opportunity to explore many different avenues of the pharmaceutical field. I began in a community pharmacy practice setting, through employment with Walgreen’s Pharmacy, a professional relationship I held for over 10 years. I enjoyed the patient interaction and constant change of the pharmaceutical environment.

After much thought, I decided to change professional settings and venture in the mail-order facet of pharmaceutical practice. Over a span of two years at Save Direct Rx, a mail order pharmacy in association with PTRx, I was able to practice with a clinical Pharmacist which gave me a deeper understanding of the health care options patients have. I learned the value of educating fellow technicians in a capacity that would allow them to be efficient and integral parts of daily pharmaceutical operations.

My experience as a health care provider gave me the good fortune of witnessing additional forms of pharmaceutical practice. Patient-health care provider education is an invaluable component of the wellbeing of our society. Imparting knowledge to those that require a special understanding of specific information concerning their health is a testament to the fact that there will always be a population that needs to learn coupled with a population that needs to teach. Pharmacy Technicians play a vital role in that education process.

In 2010, I was presented with an opportunity to educate those who were interested in pursuing a career as a Pharmacy Technician as an instructor at Northwest Vista. Since becoming an instructor at Northwest Vista, my goal has been to share the knowledge that I have acquired through study and experience, in the field of pharmacy, in a way that arms my students with a map to navigate through their own educational and career journey.


B.S. in Biology University of Texas at San Antonio


Certified Pharmacy Technician through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board

Registered Pharmacy Technician through the Texas State Board of Pharmacy

Member of the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council


Academic Departments

Program Coordinator

Marlena Lomas
Phone: 210-486-4839

Area Contacts

Emily Coppin
Administrative Specialist
Phone: 210-486-4352
Office: MLH-201

Adriana Garza
Administrative Associate
Phone: 210-486-4354
Office: MLH-201

John Grillo
Academic Chair, Workforce Programs
Phone: 210-486-4054
Office: MLH-201A