Pharmacy Technician Certification Course

In-Person/Online Hybrid Course with 80-Hour Clinical Externship

Offered during Spring, Summer and Fall Terms

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.

  • Tuition: $1,499
    Includes 80-hour clinical externship, all textbooks and materials, and PTCB CPhT exam fee
  • Select Class: See Class Schedule
  • How to Register: See Get Started
  • Contact: For more information, advising and in-depth course questions, call (877) 261-1484
  • General Information: Email Janet Alford

This 60-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 (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
  • Children's doses
  • Allegation method, math review
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), demonstration of TPN admixture, hands-on practice of IV admixture and parenteral medication preparation.

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