Program Goals and Outcomes

Pharmacy technician diploma goals and outcomes

Penn Foster's Pharmacy Technician Professional Career Diploma can help students prepare for jobs in retail pharmacies, mail in pharmacies, and hospitals. The program also helps prepare students to sit for certification exams like the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).

Pharmacy Technician Professional

Career Diploma 8-12 mo As low as $50/mo
800-275-4410 (9AM - 9PM EST)

Program Goal

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
  • 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
  • Describe the use of current technology in the healthcare environment to ensure the safety and accuracy of medication dispensing
  • Apply standard procedures used when compounding nonsterile products
  • Demonstrate knowledge of accepted procedures in purchasing pharmaceuticals, devices, and supplies
  • Apply the steps in the medication order entry and fill process and interpret medication orders
  • 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
  • Explain the skills and strategies needed for professional and appropriate personal behavior and interpersonal communication

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