In-Person Course with 80-Hour Clinical Externship Offered during Spring, Summer & Fall Terms Only
This comprehensive course prepares students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting. Course content includes: pharmacy sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parenteral nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.
Includes 80-hour clinical externship and all textbooks and materials
This 50-hour course, plus an 80-hour clinical externship, will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's PTCB exam.
This comprehensive Pharmacy Technician course provides training in the following areas:
Role of the pharmacy technician
Pharmacy history/discussion of various practice settings and the technician certification process
Recruiting by pharmacy specialty
"Evolution of Pharmacy"
Review of hospital pharmacy setting, retail practice, regulatory agencies involved with a pharmacy practice, long term care practice setting, mail order pharmacy, home care pharmacy practice
Pharmacy measures, roman numerals, abbreviations
Review of generic drugs, basic biopharmaceuticals, dosage forms, patient profiles
Prescription label requirements, order transcription, ordering and inventory control, drug pricing, third party reimbursement
Formularies, unit dose systems, emergency and crash carts, house supplies, automatic stop orders, calculating number of doses required
All major classes of drugs including top brand names and generic drugs
Aseptic technique, handling of sterile products including antineoplastic agent considerations
Basics of IV solutions, calculating 24 hour supply of IV solutions, percentages and electrolytes preparations
The metric system
Apothecaries' and avoirdupois systems of measurement
Allegation method, math review
Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), demonstration of TPN admixture, hands-on practice of IV admixture and parenteral medication preparation.
Students should have taken math and science in high school. A high school diploma or GED is required to sit for the PTCB exam.
Certificate of Completion Request
Once you have completed the necessary coursework, submit the Certificate of Completion Request Form:
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