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Pharmacy Technician


Prepare for the PTCE®, by building essential skills such as pharmacy research, pharmacy calculations, understanding sterile and non-sterile compounding, pharmacy operations, identifying different drugs and their usage, and so much more.

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Course Overview

This course will provide you the knowledge necessary, in preparing for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam® (PTCE®). 

Skills that you will learn include understanding pharmacy research, pharmacy calculations, sterile and non-sterile compoundingpharmacy operations, identifying different drugs and their uses, and much more. The integration of these skills, under the supervision of a primary instructor (PI), and the practical skills you will obtain in the work setting will prepare you for a rewarding career as a Pharmacy Technician. 

Step into one of the fastest growing and in-demand careers

Tuition includes $125 Pharmacy Tech Certification fee and Textbook

The asynchronous format gives you the flexibility to learn around your schedule 

Course Detail

Module 2 - The Professional Pharmacy Technician

You will learn the roles and responsibilities of the Pharmacy Technician. You will address the scope of practice, skill requirement (personal and formal), training, competency, certification and other relevant areas. Topics Included Cover:

  • The Pharmacy Technician
  • Career, Communication, and Medication Safety

Module 6 - Medical and Pharmacy Calculations

You will learn basic math skills and knowledge regarding dimensional analysis and formulations. Topics Included Cover:

  • Numbers, Figures and Fractions
  • Measurements and Dimensional Analysis
  • Equations and Variables, Ratio and Proportion, and Percents and Solutions
  • Alligation, Powder Volume, and Dosing

Module 7 - Prescriptions

You will learn about the purpose and processes of prescriptions in various settings. Topics Included Cover:

  • Prescriptions, Abbreviations, and Information
  • Fill Processing, Labels and Examples

Module 8 - Routes and Formulations

You will learn how medication and drugs enter into the body, and the different respective routes of administration. Topics Included Cover:

  • Routes and Formulations Part 1
  • Routes and Formulations Part 2

Module 9 - Non-sterile Compounding

You will learn about one of the cornerstones of the pharmacy profession - compounding, specifically non-sterile compounding. Topics Included Cover:

  • Compounding, Standards, Weighing Equipment, Measurement
  • Measuring, Solids, Solutions, Suspensions and Emulsion
  • Ointments, Capsules, Tablets, Suppositories

Module 10 - Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Techniques

You will continue to learn about compounding, focusing on sterile and aseptic compounding technique and practice. This component of compounding will also reinforce the importance of proper techniques, so as to ensure patient safety. Topics Included Cover:

  • Sterile Compounding, Regulations, LVP/SVP Solutions
  • Aseptic Techniques
  • Filters, Infection Control, Quality Assurance and Parenteral Incompatibility

Module 11 - Basic Biopharmaceutics

You will explore various concepts and ideas relevant to biopharmaceutics - how drugs work and the concentrations and effects of drugs based upon measurement. Topics Included Cover:

  • Absorption
  • Distribution
  • Metabolism
  • Excretion
  • Bioavailability and bio-equivalence

Module 3 - Pharmacy Laws, Regulations, & Ethics

You will learn the laws, regulations, and ethical requirements that govern the field of practice. Topics Included Cover:

  • Laws, Regulations, Privacy, Drug Market and Approval
  • Safety, Controlled Substances, Courts and Ethics

Module 4 - Pharmacy Research and Information Gathering

You will learn about current laws, drug uses, dispositions, and how to research. You must be comfortable researching and gathering data that ensures the most current drugs/dispositions are known to avoid safety issues and concerns. Topics Included Cover:

  • Understanding How to Research Drugs and Related Information
  • Digital Utilization in Gathering Information (Web and Mobile Medical Apps)

Module 5 - Medical Terminology

To function successfully as a Pharmacy Technician, you must successfully master medical terminology. It's the language in a sense of the healthcare professional. Topics Included Cover:

  • Terminology, Prefixes, and Suffixes
  • Organ Systems
  • Drug Classifications and Medical Abbreviations

Module 12 - Factors Affecting Drug Activity

You will learn about the factors that affect drug activity, including, human interactions, diseases, diet, and other drugs. Topics Included Cover:

  • Variability
  • Reactions
  • Disease States
  • Interactions

Module 13 - Common Drugs and their Uses

You will take a deeper dive in learning the naming, identification, and classifications of drugs. Topics Included Cover:

  • Drug Names, Classes, and Classification Schemes
  • Analgesics, Anesthetic Agents, Anti-infectives, and Antineoplastics
  • Cardiovascular Agents, Dermatologicals, and Electrolytic Agents
  • Gastrointestinal Urinary, Hematological, Hormones, and Immunobiologic Agents and Vaccines
  • Musculoskeletal, Neurological, Ophthalmic, Psychotropic, Respiratory and other Agents

Module 14 - Inventory Management

You will learn how to establish and maintain an inventory that meets the needs of the customer - patients, hospital staff and consumers. Topics Included Cover:

  • Inventory
  • Ordering
  • Receiving and Storage
  • Returns and Disposal
  • Special Inventory

Module 1 - Pharmacy and Health Care

You will focus on the foundations of pharmacy, review through the current technology, and understand the modern landscape of the profession to best promote an efficient and safe environment for drug management. Topics Included Cover:

  • Medicine: Origins to Today - A Brief History
  • Pharmacy and Technology in the 21st Century

Orientation Module

Hello and welcome to the course. This module includes and details the following:

  • Class Syllabus

  • The NEO Learning Management System

  • Discussion Posts

  • Recommended Ways of Communicating and Netiquette

  • How to Create a Reflection Journal, aka a 'Dream Book'

  • Course Requirements

Module 17 - Hospital Pharmacy

You will learn about the distinction of hospital pharmacies, and how these provide the medications for staff to prescribe and deliver to patients. Topics Included Cover:

  • Technician Roles and Formulary
  • Communication, Computers, Medication, Order Processing and Inventory
  • Organization, Unit Dose, Sterilization and Infection Control
  • Hospital Safety Measures and Issues

Module 16 - Community Pharmacy

You will learn about the most common form of pharmacies in the U.S. - community pharmacies. You will explore how the vast majority of prescriptions are dispensed through these agents, and how community pharmacy relates to the role and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician. Topics Included Cover:

  • Customer Service, Regulations and Organization
  • Processing and Preparing Prescriptions, and Customer Pickup
  • Cash Register Use, Other Duties and Over-the-Counter Products

Module 15 - Finacial Issues in Pharmacy

You will learn about the financial aspects of a pharmacy. Whether the cost is for research and development of drugs, direct care plans, or pharmacy costs, patients will have to eventually bare the cost of the prescription and/or other health care intervention. Topics Included Cover:

  • Financial Issues and Third-Party Programs
  • Online Adjudication, Rejected Claims and Other Billing Procedures

Module 18 - Non-Hospital Environments

You will learn about the pharmacy services that specific patients rely on, such as mail order pharmacies, long-term care organizations, and others. Topics Included Cover:

  • Mail Ordering
  • Long-Term Care
  • Home Infusion
  • Nuclear Pharmacies

Additional Course Details

Course Enrollment

This course​ begins on May-10, with enrollment ending May-14.

Course Design

This is an asynchronous instructor-led course. Assignments can be done on your own time, however, an instructor will be present to grade assignments, and facilitate the course.

Required Materials

Readings and activities for the course are in different formats such as online articles, PDFs, videos as well as readings. The textbook, The Pharmacy Technician (American Pharmacists Association Basic Pharmacy & Pharmacology Series) 6th Edition is required and will be provided to you as part of your tuition cost.


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