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When choosing to pursue a career as a pharmacy technician, you may come across several different online programs with a variety of different course offerings. Courses in an online pharmacy technician program should focus on math and science topics that provide students with skills useful when working as a pharmacy technician. Here some examples of courses that you should be looking for when finding the right online pharmacy technician training:

Introduction to Pharmacy Technician
This course introduces the pharmacy technician student to the basics of pharmacy practice in various pharmacy settings. Topics include professional characteristics of pharmacy technicians, tasks performed by pharmacy technicians, an overview of pharmacy law, and the proper use of drug information resources. Students will learn the technical procedures for preparing and dispensing drugs in the hospital and retail settings under supervision of a registered pharmacist. Topics include drug packaging and labeling, outpatient dispensing, hospital dispensing procedures, nonsterile compounding, aseptic technique, sterile compounding, and medication errors.

Pharmacology, Drug Class, and Body Systems, Part 1
In this course, students will become familiar with various body systems including structure, function, diseases, disorders, and treatments. Students will also learn drug delivery systems, drug administration routes, medical terminology, drug classifications, and commonly used medications for various organ system disorders.

Pharmacology, Drug Class, and Body Systems, Part 2
This course is a continuation of Pharmacology, Drug Class, and Body Systems 1. This course will familiarize students with various body systems including structure, function, diseases, disorders, and treatments. Students will also learn about microorganisms and their impact on the human body, as well as the pharmacological place for vitamins, minerals, and herbs.

Pharmacy Law and Regulations
In this course, students will learn how law affects healthcare practitioners and pharmacy technicians, 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.

Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians
This course introduces the pharmacy technician student to basic math, algebra, and pharmaceutical calculations utilized in pharmacy practice.

Pharmacy Sterile and Nonsterile Compounding
This course introduces students to sterile and nonsterile compounding. A strong emphasis is placed on proper aseptic technique and compliance with USP 795, 797, and 800. Compounding practices and equipment are also discussed.

Pharmacy Management and Operations
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 learn how to handle medication safely, and the steps involved in error prevention.

Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement
The course introduces the student to the pharmacy reimbursement process. It discusses third party healthcare plans, reimbursement systems and claims processing.

Pharmacy Software Management
This course is designed to facilitate the student's mastery of computer skills needed to perform various pharmacy technician–related responsibilities in community and institutional pharmacy practices.

Pharmacy Technician Externship
The pharmacy technician externship provides students hands-on training in community and institutional pharmacy practice. The goal of the required externship is to produce competent pharmacy technicians 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 120 hours of clinical experience in a community pharmacy to be completed in 8 to 12 weeks.

Pharmacy Technician Certification Review
This course is designed to strengthen working knowledge of the concepts essential for pharmacy technician practice and serve as a review to prepare students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.