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Pharmacy Technician

Training

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.

Course Cost:

$875

Enrollment is:

Open

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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