The need for pharmacy technicians continues to grow with demand expected to increase substantially through 2014. 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, the establishment of certified pharmacy technicians, and the aging population. Approximately 400,000 technicians will be employed by the year 2018 to meet our nation’s growing healthcare demands.
The Pharmacy Technician Program
This program will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to pursue certification including the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. This course covers the following key areas and topics
Medical terminology specific to the pharmacy
Skills to read and interpret prescriptions
Review of the top 200 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 Certifications
Students should have or be pursuing 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.
Detailed Course Topics Covered
The history of pharmacy and healthcare
Pharmacy technician role and responsibilities
Pharmacy technician certification and registration process
Types of pharmacies including the hospital pharmacy, retail practice, long-term care practice, mail order pharmacy, home care pharmacies, and others
Drug regulation and control
Pharmaceutical terminology and related anatomy
Parts of the prescription and labeling
Pharmacy calculations and math review
Pharmacy measures and abbreviations
Routes and formulations
Parenterals and compounding
Aseptic technique and the handling of sterile products
Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
Basics of IV solutions and calculating 24-hour supply of IV solutions