Pharmacy Technician

This comprehensive 50 hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.

Course content includes:

  • overview and evolution of the pharmaceutical/pharmacy industry
  • review of pharmacy settings and opportunities for employment
  • medical terminology specific to the pharmacy
  • reading and interpreting prescriptions
  • prescription label requirements and order transcription
  • review of all major classes of brand name and generic drugs
  • pharmacy measures, calculations, conversions, roman numerals and abbreviations
  • aseptic technique
  • basics of IV solutions
  • special circumstances: children’s, pregnancy, patient medical history
  • dispensing of prescriptions
  • ordering and inventory control
  • pricing, billing, payment and third-party reimbursement

Pharmacy Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies, long term care facilities, clinics, mail-order companies and other healthcare settings under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Their main responsibilities are:

  • filling and dispensing prescriptions
  • checking inventories and ordering supplies
  • assisting customers
  • completing insurance forms
  • keeping pharmacy work areas clean

As of March 2021, Pharmacy Technicians must be licensed in New York State to work as a “Registered Pharmacy Technician”. To be eligible for NYS licensing students must take the PTCB Exam or NHA exam which is not included in the course tuition.

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