Pharmacy Technician Certification Program Pharmacy Technicians Pharmacy Technicians work in pharmacies under the Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion direction of a pharmacist. Their main responsibility is pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health filling prescriptions according to doctors’ orders. care settings – working under the supervision of a Pharmacy Technicians prepare medications for registered pharmacist. Course content includes medical dispensing to patients. This generally includes retrieving terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and drugs in the correct dosage form and strength, measuring interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic the appropriate amount of drug and producing a and brand names. Students will learn dosage prescription label. Pharmacy Technicians work with calculations, IV flow rates, drug compounding, dose drugs to be administered orally, topically for the eye, conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory nose, etc. Depending upon the practice setting, a control and billing and reimbursement. The Pharmacy Pharmacy Technician is also involved in the admixture Technician Certification Program includes a graded of drugs for intravenous use. Other duties include: final exam to help prepare students for the PTCB exam. checking inventories and ordering supplies receiving and checking in supplies assisting customers PTCB Detailed Course Information keeping pharmacy work areas clean complete insurance forms role of the pharmacy technician preparation of “bingo cards” for nursing home patients pharmacy history/discussion of various practice settings and the technician certification process recruiting by pharmacy specialty “Evolution of Pharmacy” Pharmacy Technician – Employment and Review of hospital pharmacy setting, retail practice, regulatory Education agencies involved with a pharmacy practice, long term care Pharmacy Technicians may work in retail pharmacies, practice setting, mail order pharmacy, home care pharmacy practice mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long pharmacy measures, roman numerals, abbreviations term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, pharmacy benefit review of generic drugs, basic biopharmaceuticals, dosage managers and large industrial complexes. The demand forms, patient profiles for Pharmacy Technicians continues to grow with prescription label requirements, order transcription, ordering inventory control, drug pricing, third party reimbursement demand expected to increase substantially through 2008. formularies, unit dose systems, emergency and crash carts, This high demand is the result of the constant availability house supplies, automatic stop orders, calculating number of of new drugs, the national shortage of registered doses required. pharmacists, the establishment of certified pharmacy all major classes of drugs including top brand names and technicians and the aging population. generic drugs aseptic technique, handling of sterile products including antineoplastic agent considerations Educational Requirements basics of IV solutions, calculating 24 hour supply of IV Students should have taken math and science in high school. A high solutions, percentages and electrolytes preparations school diploma or GED is required to sit for the PTCB exam. the metric system apothecaries’ and avoirdupois systems of measurement Pharmacy Technician Certification Program children’s doses This comprehensive 50 hour course will prepare students allegation method, math review to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), demonstration of TPN admixture, hands-on practice of IV admixture and parenteral Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. medication preparation.