Online Pharmacy Technician Course

Take the next step to becoming a pharmacy technician.

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There’s no shortage of pharmacies in need of skilled pharmacy technicians. Pharmacies are in need of skilled pharmacy technicians. This online course will teach you the skills and knowledge to qualify for entry-level positions in pharmacies and be prepared for national certification. As a part of this course, you are required to complete a virtual externship and have an option to perform an actual hands-on, 100-hour clinical externship.

Total Hours: 400

Tuition: $2,599 includes all instructional materials, access to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) practice tests, and a voucher for the certification exam.

Location: Online

This course is WIOA approved and is on the Maryland Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL).

This course is delivered by our education partners at ed2go.

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This pharmacy technician course can be completed in one year or less. You will learn key topics, including  federal and state laws that govern pharmacies, as well as the ethics of pharmacy practice. Upon successful course completion, you will become eligible for a 100+ hour externship at a leading national pharmacy chain.

Module 1. Orientation to Pharmacy

  • History
  • Foundations and Roles
  • Reference Materials
  • Terminology Words and Abbreviations
  • Terminology – Body Systems
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Advanced Pharmacy Environments

Module 2. Pharmacy Law and Ethics

  • Introduction to Law
  • Liability
  • Ethics
  • Federal Regulations
  • Controlled Substances
  • HIPAA
  • Safety Laws
  • State Laws
  • State Boards of Pharmacy

Module 3. Pharmaceutical Calculations

  • Number Systems
  • Math Skills Review
  • Dosage Calculations
  • Percentage of Error
  • Business Math
  • Dilutions and Concentrations
  • Oral Medications and Reconstitutions
  • Parenteral Doses
  • Intravenous Flow Rates
  • Pediatric Doses

Module 4. Pharmacology I: Basics and Specific Populations

  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Sources and Forms
  • Biopharmaceutics
  • Pregnancy and Lactation
  • Pediatric Patients
  • Geriatric Patients
  • Misused/Abused Drugs

Module 5. Pharmacology II: Body Systems – Neurological

  • Antidepressants/Antipsychotics
  • Antianxiety/Hypnotics
  • Autonomic Nervous System
  • Parkinson's/Alzheimer's
  • Seizures
  • Anesthetics

Module 6. Pharmacology III: Body Systems – Muscles, Heart, Lungs

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Cardiovascular
  • Hypertensives/Cholesterol
  • Diuretics
  • Anticoagulants
  • Respiratory/Allergies
  • Gastrointestinal

Module 7. Pharmacology IV: Multi-body Systems

  • Hormones – Endocrine
  • Hormones – Reproductive
  • Vitamins, Minerals, and Nutritionals
  • Antineoplastic
  • Analgesics
  • Anti-Infective/Antibacterial
  • Antivirals/Antifungals

Module 8. Communication Skills and Billing         

  • Computers
  • Communications
  • Financial Management
  • Insurance
  • Billing and Collections
  • Inventory Control

Module 9. Lab Practice I

  • Retail

Module 10. Lab Practice II

  • Hospital

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We have worked with our partners at ed2go on a nationwide agreement with several pharmacies that will give our Pharmacy Technician course students an important leg up in the job market. These pharmacies will offer their renowned externship programs to you, provided you meet basic qualifications.Externs will get hands-on experience that includes assisting pharmacists with prescriptions, answering patient questions about medications, and a bevy of administrative duties.In order to qualify for an externship, you'll have to pass a drug screening test, obtain professional liability insurance, complete a background check and employment verification, meet current immunization standards, conform with and complete any state mandates such as registration, fingerprinting, licensing etc. Additional forms may be necessary for externships with certain pharmacies. It may take up to 12 weeks to find an available opening.

*Disclaimer: An externship with these pharmacies is not guaranteed. All students must apply to the program and complete the prerequisite criteria before being accepted. Positions in the externship program are contingent on availability at each pharmacy location. Students may also set up their own externship at any other retail or hospital facility. The externship is an additional 100 hours.To participate in the CVS or Walgreens externships, students must not have a criminal record. Background checks will be conducted prior to the student's admittance into the externship program.

PLEASE NOTE: Walgreens is not currently able to place externship students in Arizona and Florida because they're piloting a POWER project in those states. An alternate externship may be available in these states.

 

This course will fully prepared to sit for the National Certification exam titled Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Earning your certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) provides a valuable, industry-recognized credential that meets most states’ requirements.

You'll learn everything you need to know to pass the National Certification Exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). However, you'll need to make sure that the Pharmacy Technician Program will meet your state's requirements. To check, visit your state's Board of Pharmacy site for more information. You can access this information directly from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) website at www.ptcb.org. Click on the "Who We Serve" link, then the "States" link for information. You can also call the state board and ask for the current technician regulations.

 

Hardware Requirements

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Webcams are strongly recommended.

Software Requirements

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
  • Windows Media Player.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
 

There are no prerequisites to take the course. However, you must have a high school diploma or GED to be eligible to take the PTCB exam. Requirements for pharmacy technicians vary by state, but most require certification, registration or licensure.