Assist pharmacists in filling prescriptions in pharmacy settings including hospital, community, home infusion and mail order pharmacies. Content includes all activities involved in preparing prescriptions, dose calculations, IV flow rate and medication action/reaction. An extensive review of basic mathematics for pharmacy use, plus reimbursement, billing and inventory controls is also included.
At completion, you are prepared to sit for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam or the Exam for Certified Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT).
Exam fees are additional.
Externship Component: Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to participate in an externship experience at a local Walgreens pharmacy. (Prior to acceptance in the externship, you must complete state and federal criminal background checks; if these reveal a prior criminal record, Walgreens will not accept you into the externship component.)
Notice: Per City regulations, COVID-19 vaccination is still required for students (unless they have an approved exemption). Boosters are strongly encouraged. Vaccinated students attending a class that is more than 30 hours long, must upload their vaccine cards prior to course start date. Unvaccinated students with approved exemptions must continue to test every three days through June 30. Note that exemption applications need to be approved prior to the course start date. To get more information and see testing hours for each campus see:
Per City guidelines, masking will be strongly recommended but not mandatory. Wearing a high-quality mask such as KN95 or N95 mask, or double masking, is strongly encouraged. It is important to wear a mask that is well-fitted. For information on proper masking, including how to double mask, please read this guidance from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/effective-masks.html.
Course OutlineCourse Objective(s):
Upon completion of this training program, students will possess the necessary knowledge and skills for entry level employment as a pharmacy technician and will be prepared to sit for the National Certification Examination offered by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.
Learner OutcomesCourse Outline:
1. Medical terminology
2. Reading and interpreting prescriptions
3. Defining drugs
a. Generic name
b. Brand name
4. Dosage calculations
5. Mathematics for Pharmacy use
6. I.V. flow rates
7. Drug compounding
8. Dose conversions
9. Dispensing of Prescriptions
10. Inventory control
11. Billing and reimbursement
Handouts provided by the instructor.