This is a 14-week online Pharmacy Technician course. The need for Pharmacy Technicians continues to grow with demand expected to increase substantially through 2020. Approximately 420,000 technicians were employed in 2018. Employment of Pharmacy Technicians has 7% growth projection each year through 2028.
This program will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to pursue national certification.
Technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies, and other healthcare settings. This high demand for pharmacy technicians is the result of a multitude of factors including the constant availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, and the aging population.
The Pharmacy Technician Program covers the following key areas and topics:
- Pharmacy Calculations
- Medical Terminology
- Skills to read and interpret prescriptions
- Review of the top 100 drugs
- Skills to identify drugs by generic and brand names
- Dosage calculations, I.V. Flow rates, drug compounding, and dose conversions
- Dispensing of prescriptions, Inventory control, and billing and reimbursement
- Education and Certification
- Students should have a high school diploma or GED
- The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB) is the national certification exam
- Numerous states now require PTCB certification to work as a pharmacy technician
- Certain national and state pharmacy technician certification exams are available
Cost and Hours
- Student Tuition: $650 (Textbooks included)
- 14 Weeks of online instruction
CCE-PT101: Pharmacy Technician, 5.0 CEUs
50 hours lecture
CIP Code 51.0805
This course covers processes necessary to assist pharmacists to package or mix prescriptions, maintain client records, refer clients to the pharmacist for counseling, assist with inventory control and purchasing, along with payment collection and coordinating billing. The students will gain exposure to learning 200 base medicines and ingredients along with interactions and side effects. The course goal is to prepare students to sit for and pass the Arkansas Pharmacy Tech licensure exam.
CCE-PT102: Pharmacy Technician National Certification Review, 0.4 CEUs
4 hours Lecture
CIP Code 51.0805
This course serves as a review class for current pharmacy technicians who would like to take the PTCB certification test. This course brings together all program instruction for Pharmacy Technicians and explains how it relates to the current practice of pharmacy