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Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program


Pharmacy technicians perform a variety of roles, but ultimately they ensure patients’ medical needs are met and prescriptions are accurate. Pharmacy technicians also perform other functions such as filling prescription requests, prepacking bulk medicines, responding to patient questions, maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs, establish and maintain patient profiles, and maintain adequate stock of medications. In the Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program, students will learn pharmacology, medical terminology and abbreviations, pharmacy law and ethics, pharmacy mathematics and dosage calculations, medication preparation, prescription processing, inventory, insurance billing, communication, and customer services skills. Upon successful completion of this certificate program, students are expected to have sufficient knowledge to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

In order to be an effective pharmacy technician, students need to possess good customer service and listening skills. Students will want to be detail oriented, exhibit strong time management and organizational skills. Students will benefit from developing accurate data entry skills, spelling skills, and communication skills.

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Upon completion of this certificate program, students are expected to able to:

Discuss the knowledge, skills, and job responsibilities of a pharmacy technician.

Discuss the different components of medications and how that affects their bioavailability and pharmacology.

Identify therapeutic, side, and adverse effects, dosages, and common abbreviations for drugs used in the treatment of disorders.

List the different routes of administration, drug forms, and drug classifications and uses.

Discuss the history of medicine and pharmacy.

Explain the effect of laws, regulations, ethics, and professional standards on pharmacy practices.

Recognize and apply medical terminology and abbreviations related to pharmacy practices.

Perform pharmacy math and dosage calculations.

Process medication orders and assist in the distribution of medication.

Demonstrate filling prescriptions and packaging and repacking medications.

Explain the insurance billing process.

Relate the role of the pharmacy technician in applying standard precautions and infection control and prevention.

Explain basic inventory management concepts and explain the use of bar codes and radio frequency identification to track inventory.

Review quality assurance programs and procedures required in the pharmacy.

Demonstrate situations in which pharmacy technicians must use their communication skills, ethics, and competencies.

Identify pharmacy safety hazards, discuss accident and injury prevention, and reporting procedures.

Completion: Students must successfully complete 18 semester credit hours to earn a Pharmacy Technician Certificate.

Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program – Topics Include

Introduction to Pharmacy Practices

Medical Terminology

Introduction to Pharmacy

Communication and Customer Service

Pharmacy Law and Ethics

Regulations and Standards

Pharmacology I

Introduction to Pharmacology

Referencing Resources


Medication Errors

Pharmacology II

Drug Classifications

Over-the-Counter Medications

Alternative Modalities

Dosage Routes and Forms


Pharmacy Math and Dosage Calculations

Numbering and Measuring Systems

Medication Orders and Prescriptions

Mathematical Concepts

Introduction to Dosage Calculations

Oral and Parenteral Dosage Calculations

Intravenous Dosage Calculations

Operational Calculations

Pharmacy Practices and Employment

Retail Practice Settings

Hospital Practice Settings

Other Practice Settings

Inventory Management


Credentialing and Employment