Pharmacy Technician Professional Course Details

Penn Foster College’s online Pharmacy Technician Professional program is ASHP/ACPE accredited and is aligned with ASHP/ACPE standards to prepare graduates to successfully pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) certification exams.

Program Goals and Outcomes

Program Goals

To prepare students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) or NHA ExCPT exam, and gain entry-level employment as a pharmacy technician.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in areas of science relevant to the pharmacy technician’s role, including anatomy/ physiology and pharmacology.
  • Compare and contrast the roles of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in ensuring pharmacy department compliance with professional standards and relevant legal, regulatory, formulary, contractual, and safety requirements.
  • Describe the steps, skills, and knowledge needed to prepare medications requiring compounding of sterile products, chemotherapy/ hazardous products, and nonsterile products.
  • Apply standard procedures used when compounding nonsterile products.
  • Explain patient- and medication-safety practices in all aspects of the pharmacy technician’s roles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of quality assurance practices for pharmaceuticals, durable and nondurable medical equipment, devices, and supplies.
  • Apply the steps in the medication order entry and fill process and interpret medication orders.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of quality assurance practices for pharmaceuticals, durable and nondurable medical equipment, devices, and supplies.
  • Describe the steps needed to initiate, verify, and assist in the adjudication of billing for pharmacy services and goods, and collecting payment for these services.
  • Describe the use of current technology in the healthcare environment to ensure the safety and accuracy of medication dispensing.
  • Explain the skills and strategies needed for professional and appropriate personal behavior and interpersonal communication.
Starting Your Program is designed to help you become a successful Penn Foster student, including covering how to use all available tools and resources.

Objectives:

  • Identify all unit components and materials in your program
  • Identify ways to use Penn Foster’s helpful services and academic resources
  • Identify Penn Foster’s academic and behavioral policies
  • Choose effective study and time management skills
In this course, students will be introduced to the practice of pharmacy, including the history of pharmacy, technician roles in various practice settings, and pharmacy ethics and professionalism. In addition, students will explore advancing and emerging opportunities for technicians now and in the future.

Objectives:

  • Examine the role and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician profession over time
In this course, students study personal, interpersonal, and workplace qualities and skills that employers look for in their employees. They examine elements of professionalism, communication strategies, and methods for being a good leader and explore how to work with technology and how to work effectively with a team.

Objectives:

  • Explain personal, interpersonal, and workplace qualities and skills that are essential to effective work environments
This course will familiarize you with various body systems including structure, function, diseases, disorders, and treatments. You’ll also explore drug delivery systems, drug administration routes, drug classifications, and commonly used medications for various organ system disorders.

Objectives:

  • Summarize the basic principles of pharmacology
  • Identify the anatomy, physiology, diseases, and treatments of the cardiovascular and hematologic systems
  • Identify the anatomy, physiology, diseases, and treatments of the respiratory and endocrine systems
  • Identify the anatomy, physiology, diseases and treatments of the   gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems
This course is a continuation of Pharmacology, Drug Class and Body Systems, Part 1. You’ll continue to study various body systems, drug delivery systems, drug administration routes, drug classifications, and commonly used medications for various organ system disorders. You’ll also study basic medication calculations, storage, how to assist patients with administration, and proper documentation.

Objectives:

  • Identify the anatomy, physiology, and diseases and treatments of the integumentary and musculoskeletal systems
  • Identify the anatomy, physiology, and diseases and treatments of the sensory and nervous systems
  • Identify the anatomy, physiology, and diseases and treatments of the immune system
  • Explain how the Six Rights of Drug Administration dictate proper drug administration and storage
In this course, students will explore how law affects healthcare practitioners, the origin of law that affects medical professionals, the basics of the process of litigation and its alternatives, the common-law basis for the confidentiality of healthcare information, and the laws regulating healthcare information collected and maintained by government agencies.

Objectives:

  • Interpret civil and criminal laws related to pharmacy practice
  • Assess ethical issues healthcare professionals face today
  • Apply confidentiality laws and regulations
This course introduces the pharmacy technician student to basic math, algebra, and pharmaceutical calculations used in pharmacy practice.

Objectives:

  • Categorize basic math skills needed for pharmacy technician practice
  • Perform calculations related to prescription orders
  • Perform special medical and business math calculations used in the pharmacy

Digital Textbook: Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians, Elsevier

This course introduces students to sterile and nonsterile compounding. A strong emphasis is placed on proper aseptic technique and compliance with USP 797 and 800. Compounding practices and equipment are also discussed.

Objectives:

  • Define sterile compounding, requirements and processes for IV medications, and the pharmacy technician’s role
  • Explain best practices for sterile compounding following USP guidelines
  • Explain best practices for compounding, including hazardous drugs following USP guidelines, quality management, and safety

Digital Textbooks:

  • Mosby's Sterile Compounding for Pharmacy Technicians, Elsevier
  • Mosby's Pharmacy Technician Principles and Practice, Elsevier
This course introduces the pharmacy technician student to pharmacy operations. Students will discuss the differences between pharmacy settings, examine the business applications of pharmacy, and review drug information resources, including how and when to use them. Students will also study how to handle medication safely, and the steps involved in error prevention.

Objectives:

  • Examine drug information references and their proper use
  • Differentiate the responsibilities of pharmacy technicians in various pharmacy settings
  • Describe the importance of reporting medication errors, and the preventative measures taken to reduce them

Digital Textbook: Mosby's Pharmacy Technician Principles and Practice, Elsevier

In this course, you’ll explore the pharmacy reimbursement process. You’ll study third party healthcare plans, reimbursement systems, and claims processing to see how medical services are billed in healthcare institutions. You’ll also study various health insurance programs, how they’re funded, and which types of patients they cover.

Objectives:

  • Explain reimbursement methodologies related to pharmacy practice settings
  • Explain the elements of pharmacy billing and proper inventory management

Digital Textbook: Mosby's Pharmacy Technician Principles and Practice, Elsevier

This course is designed to facilitate your mastery of computer and practical skills needed to perform various pharmacy technician-related responsibilities in community and institutional pharmacy practices. The course entails a series of lab activities that walk you through entering and filling prescription orders, including TPN and IV admixtures.

Objectives:

  • Use database software for performing prescription processing and related community pharmacy tasks
  • Use database software for the processing of medical orders and related institutional pharmacy tasks
  • Prepare pharmacy reports and show comprehension of software laboratory exercises
  • Demonstrate pharmacy technician skills in a simulated environment

Digital Textbook: Pharmacy Management Software, 3e, Elsevier

Practice Lab Kit

This course is designed to strengthen your working knowledge of the concepts essential for pharmacy technician practice and serves as a review to prepare you to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

Objective:

  • Demonstrate preparedness for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)

Digital Textbook: Mosby's Review for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination, Elsevier

This course introduces the student to the pharmacy technician externship. The externship process and requirements are discussed. Further discussion is held on State Boards of Pharmacy regulations and requirements as they apply to each state. The pharmacy technician externship provides students hands-on training in community and institutional pharmacy practice. The goal of the externship is to produce a competent pharmacy technician by developing the essential skill sets through hands-on experience. Students will practice under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist. This externship consists of 160 hours of clinical experience in a community pharmacy, to be completed in 8 to 12 weeks.

Objective:

  • Demonstrate pharmacy technician skills covered throughout the program

Additional Details

  • Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information. This is particularly important for residents of the District of Columbia, Oklahoma, North Dakota, and Washington.

Penn Foster College Accreditation & Licensing Details

Penn Foster College has been nationally accredited for over 40 years, and has met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) in Washington, D.C. Penn Foster College has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations and licensing. We also participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

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Digital Flashcards

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Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows® 10 or later, an email account, a webcam, and microphone to complete this program.
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