Online Pharmacy Technician Cours
Become a Pharmacy
There’s no shortage of pharmacies in need of skilled
pharmacy technicians! This 100% online course will prepare you for the Pharmacy
Technician Certification Board (PTCB) National Certification exam and help you
complete an externship with a leading pharmacy chain.
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Job Outlook for Pharmacy Technicians
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),
demand for pharmacy technicians will grow 12% through 2028 – that equates to
over 30,000 new jobs!
The BLS notes that on average, pharmacy technicians earn
an annual salary of $32,700. Top earners can make up to $47,000 per year.
Pharmacy Technicians FAQs
WHAT DOES A PHARMACY TECHNICIAN DO?
Pharmacy technicians order and stock medications,
prepare medications for distribution and provide information to patients.
Pharmacy technicians may perform many of the same duties as a pharmacist;
however, their work must be approved by a pharmacist before medication can be
DO PHARMACY TECHNICIANS NEED A CERTIFICATION?
Requirements for pharmacy technicians vary by state, but
most require certification, registration or licensure. Earning your
certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) provides a
valuable, industry-recognized credential that meets most states’ requirements.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE A PHARMACY TECHNICIAN
This pharmacy technician course can be completed in one
year or less. This does not include the time you spend in an externship program
or preparing and sitting for state licensure.
IS A PHARMACY TECHNICIAN A GOOD CAREER?
As the population ages and the prevalence of chronic
diseases rises, more pharmacy technicians will be needed in pharmacies and may
even see themselves taking on greater responsibilities in their role.
Learn federal and state laws that govern pharmacies, as
well as the ethics of pharmacy practice.
Be fully prepared to sit for the National Certification
exam titled Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), offered by the
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
Become eligible to apply for a 100+ hour externship at a
national pharmacy chain.
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Prerequisites and Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course. However,
the externship requires that you have a high school diploma and be at least 18
ORIENTATION TO PHARMACY
History, foundations and role of the pharmacy technician
in today’s healthcare system
PHARMACY LAW AND ETHICS
Introduction to law, liability and federal regulations
of controlled substances
Basic, community and institutional pharmacy math to
calculate dosages and dilutions
The science of
pharmacology, evolution of drugs and administration of pharmacological agents
Verbal and non-verbal methods, HIPAA regulations
INSURANCE AND INVENTORY PROCEDURES
Cost analysis, purchasing procedures and record keeping
Interactive lab for the retail and hospital settings
Virtual externship in the retail and hospital settings
Final comprehensive exam to qualify for externship
Melissa Dunworth has been a
certified pharmacy technician since 1997. She is registered with the New Mexico
Board of Pharmacy. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing
Betty Stahl holds a doctorate
in pharmacy from Shenandoah University. Over the past several years, she has
taught pharmacy technician programs at ASA College in New York City and ACT in
Arlington, Virginia. Stahl has also worked as a pharmacist in independent and
Registration and Enrollment
This course is 100% online. Start anytime.
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