Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist to dispense prescription medications. Pharmacy Technicians usually work in a hospital pharmacy or a retail pharmacy, but can also work in laboratories. Pharmacy Technicians are in high demand due to the constant development of new drugs, and an aging population that requires more and more of these drugs. Pharmacy technician can also be the first step toward a career as a pharmacist, nursing assistant or other medical professional. Recent studies show that the average starting wage is $12.62 per hour, but this varies greatly by location. 2015-2016 studies show the median income is $32,000 per year (ranging from entry-level $26,000 per year, to $39,000 with years of experience).
What’s in this Program? This program covers prescription requests, measuring medications, packaging and labeling prescriptions, working with patient records, processing prescription insurance claims.
Included Certification! Included in your program tuition is the exam prep material and an exam voucher for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s Certified Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (CPhT). Please Note: all candidates applying for certification must comply with all applicable PTCB certification policies including but not limited to criminal history policies.
Summary: Demand for this skill is steadily growing and the training time to qualify is relatively short.
Licensing Requirements: Please note each state may have specific licensing requirements to practice, contact your states Board of Pharmacy to review the specific requirements for your state. This program does not guarantee license to practice.
Module 1 - History of Pharmacy Practice
Lesson 1 -History of Pharmacy Practice
Lesson 2 - The Professional Pharmacy Technician
Lesson 3 - Communication and Customer Care
Lesson 4 - Pharmacy Laws and Ethics
Lesson 5 - Terminology and Abbreviations
Module 2 - Retail Pharmacy
Lesson 6 - Retail Pharmacy
Lesson 7 - Health-System Pharmacy
Lesson 8 - Technology in the Pharmacy
Lesson 9 - Inventory Management and Health Insurance Billing
Lesson 10 - Introduction to Compounding
Lesson 11 - Introduction to Sterile Products
Module 3 - Basic Math Skills
Lesson 12 - Basic Math Skills
Lesson 13 - Measurement Systems
Lesson 14 - Dosage Calculations
Lesson 15 - Concentrations and Dilutions
Lesson 16 - Alligations
Lesson 17 - Parenteral Calculations
Module 4 - The Body and Drugs
Lesson 18 - Dosage Formulations and Administration
Lesson 19 - The Body and Drugs
Lesson 20 - Drug Classifications
Lesson 21 - The Skin
Lesson 22 - Eyes and Ears
Lesson 23 - The Gastrointestinal System
Lesson 24 - The Musculoskeletal System
Lesson 25 - The Respiratory System
Lesson 26 - The Cardiovascular, Circulatory, and Lymph Systems
Lesson 27 - The Immune System
Lesson 28 - The Renal System
Lesson 29 - The Endocrine System
Lesson 30 - The Reproductive System
Lesson 31 - The Nervous System
Module 5 - Special Topics
Lesson 32 - Pediatric and Neonatal Patients
Lesson 33 - Geriatric Patients
Lesson 34 - Biopharmaceuticals
Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in dispensing medications and are accountable to the supervising pharmacist who is legally responsible for the care and safety of patients served by the pharmacy. This program is ideal for individuals with no previous pharmacy or healthcare experience as well as individuals working in healthcare who wish to further their knowledge, skills, and potential advance their career. This program is also targeted towards individuals currently working in a pharmacy setting who are looking to further their career by obtaining their pharmacy technician certification.
Included in this program is the PTCB's CPhT certification exam practice test and an exam voucher.
The CPhT is the gold standard of credentialing for pharmacy technicians. PTCB® offers the CPhT certification to individuals who wish to distinguish themselves in the pharmacy technician field. PTCB’s certification program enables technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. Most employers prefer, and many require, that their pharmacy technicians be CPhTs.
Validated achievement and knowledge
Improved employment opportunities
Potential for higher salary
Understanding of pharmacy law
Prestige among coworkers
High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)
Passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)
Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions
Compliance with all applicable PTCB certification policies
This course provides students with certified, skilled facilitators to guide them through their learning experience. Facilitators who are well trained in a unique mastery methodology and provide one-on-one instruction to their students to ensure mastery of the course material. The course facilitator is available to answer any questions a learner may have including questions on course content, course material, certifications, and even industry questions. Facilitators also monitor the progress of learners to ensure training retention and program advancement. This program is supported by an expert educational facilitator, Leslie Ann Kalvass. Leslie earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia and completed her fellowship at University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy and POZEN Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has been instructing at universities and colleges since 2002. She is available to provide guidance and motivation for learners throughout the duration of this program. As an expert mentor, she will provide answers to learner questions, monitor learner's program progression, and review lesson and program quiz/test results.
Included in this program are the following textbooks:
• The Pharmacy Technician Foundations and Practices,Custom Edition Package
• Pharmacy Technician Program Student Workbook
• The Pharmacy Foundations and Practices Lab Manual and Workbook
- Certification included
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