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Course Name
Pharmacy Technician + Externship (including Voucher)

Contact Hours: 300

Course Description
Includes a voucher to take the PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) national certification exam upon completion.

The Professional Pharmacy Technician program is an introductory course that is designed to teach students the fundamentals and particulars of becoming a pharmacy technician. This class introduces students to various pharmacy practice settings and covers drug classes, basic physiology, drug interactions and daily pharmacy operations. This program trains individuals to effectively assist in pharmaceutical preparations and complete daily required tasks in any pharmacy environment, although on the job training is still a part of pharmacy training. This course also is designed to introduce students interested in pharmacy to the basic concepts of pharmacy calculations. Students will have the opportunity to understand and practice math concepts and calculations needed to become a certified pharmacy technician.

CAREER OVERVIEW

Pharmacy technicians are entry-level personnel that work in many different pharmacy settings within the healthcare industry. They assist the pharmacist as their right-hand person in many different pharmacy practice settings. Some of the main duties of a pharmacy technician are to enter patient data and information into the computer system to process prescriptions. They are also responsible for dispensing commercially available medications, compounding specialty orders, and/or preparing intravenous medications. They refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters to a pharmacist. Pharmacy techs work in a wide variety of practice settings, including community pharmacies, hospitals, the military, in-home health care settings, long term care facilities, mail service pharmacies, managed health care organizations, and educational programs. Most importantly, pharmacy technicians are responsible for creating a safe and professional environment for their patients.

Pharmacy Technicians with Contemporary Compounding training can work in a whole array of locations including, but not limited to:

•Community pharmacies
•Specialty pharmacies
•Mail-order pharmacies
•Nuclear pharmacies
•Hospital pharmacies
•Infusion centers
•Home healthcare
•Legal firms
•Pharmaceutical companies
•State boards of pharmacy


Externship Protocol

PLEASE NOTE the following caveat regarding all externships at this time: Due to COVID-19, Physical Externships may not be available.  If at the end of the online portion of training, a Physical Externship is not available due to COVID-19 guidelines, a Virtual Externship will be offered in its stead. Virtual Externships are consistent with meeting the certification guidelines and are reviewed by faculty or preceptors.

This practice will remain in place until the healthcare sites will allow students to attend with patients and practice skills. 

Course Description:

Externship is a work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts under direct supervision of the clinical professional. This work-experience course will train students in multiple skills to help the provider carry out procedures, interview and care for patients, perform basic lab tests and administer medications. Students will be competent in both clinical and administrative procedures. Externship placements occur after successful completion of the course and student acknowledges all guidelines stipulated in an externship application. Although it`s rare, students must commit up to a 1 hour (one way) commute or longer depending on student location and are responsible for any expenses associate with such. The student will also be responsible for any expenses (if any) associated with externship onboarding requirements such as background checks & drug screens.

Please note: course of study may be completed earlier than indicated.


Outcome
National Association and Certification Exams -

The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students for multiple practice roles and national certifications. As an entry-level clinical profession this program is ideal for students in the allied health care field. The National Certification examinations require that students should have a high school diploma or completed the General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
The exams students could be eligible for include:

•Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
•Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technician (ExCPT)

Assessment
Assessment Tools:

•Exams
•Quizzes
•Practical Experience
•Online exercises
•Lab Simulations

Required Book(s)
All training is delivered online except for portions of the Virtual Externship. No additional purchase required.

Outline
There are 8 modules for the pharmacy technician training program:

1.Introduction to Pharmacy Technology
This course is designed to obtain an overview of the history, structure, operation, and function of the pharmacy, and the roles of the pharmacist and pharmacy support personnel. Includes: medical terminology, emphasizing common medical roots, prefixes, and suffixes; pharmaceutical abbreviations; and dosage forms and routes of administration. Also includes: information and reference resources; an introduction to third-party payment systems, HMO’s, Medicare, and Medicaid; and contemporary issues, including legal and ethical aspects and future concepts in pharmacy.

2.Pharmacy Calculations
This course is designed to provide the mathematical computations that are required in the practice of pharmacy. Includes fundamentals of mathematical calculations, units and measures for the calculation of drug dosages, and interpretation of the prescription or medication order. Also includes calculation of drug dosages, reducing and enlarging formulas, percentage preparations, dilution and concentration, isotonic solutions and electrolyte solutions.

3.Inter-professional Relations in Pharmacy
This course is designed to get an overview of effective communication skills needed by the pharmacy technician to use interpersonally and between the pharmacist, the patient, and other health care professionals. Includes human relations development, personality inventory, and elements in communication in areas of non-verbal, interpersonal, barriers, listening, empathy and interviewing. Also includes building better patient understanding in special situations such as death and dying, ethnicity, conflict resolution, and ethical patient care.

4.Drug Therapy I
This course is designed to be an overview of the relationship between the central nervous system (CNS), the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and pharmaceutical therapy. Includes anatomy and physiology of the CNS, neurotransmission and disorders of the CNS, therapeutic applications of drugs affecting the CNS, and characteristics of drugs of the CNS. Also includes anatomy and physiology of the ANS, drug action on ANS neurotransmission, disorders treated with autonomic drugs, and types and characteristics of autonomic drugs.

5.Pharmacy Technician Operations
An integrated course combining lecture and laboratory exercise in practical, technical and legal aspects of drug management, distribution (dispensing), and storage in outpatient (retail), inpatient (hospital), and nursing home settings. Includes pharmacy equipment and devices, materials, non-sterile dosage forms, and inventory control. Also includes small or large scale compounding, packaging and quality control, practical aspects of recordkeeping, and insurance issues relevant to the daily pharmacy operations.

6.Pharmacy Technician Externship I- Institutional
Observe/perform all the duties of a pharmacy technician in a hospital or nursing home pharmacy. Keep a log of the duties performed each day at the sitesas well as completing the observations work sheet for each site.

7.Pharmacy Law and Ethics
This course is designed to provide a practical guideto pharmacy law and ethics for the pharmacy technician. Includes state and federal law, roles of the pharmacist and the pharmacy technician, and ethical practices for patients.

8.Preparation of Sterile Products and Solutions
This course is designed to develop the proper aseptic techniques and the use of the laminar flow hood in the preparation of sterile products. Includes history of sterile products and parenteral therapy, characteristics of sterile products, principles of fluid and electrolyte therapy, basics of microbiology, antiseptics and sterilization, and sterile products calculations. Also includes introduction to IV labels and profile systems, aseptic techniques, total parenteral nutrition, incompatibilities, quality control, and specialized sterile products.