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Pharmacy Technician Program

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This comprehensive 50 hour online program will prepare students to work as pharmacy technicians in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.

Pharmacy Technician Program includes:

  • The history of pharmacy; and the retail, hospital, home health, mail order and institutional pharmacies
  • The role of the pharmacy technician; drug regulations and controls and HIPAA
  • An extensive review of Pharmacy Calculations and pharmacy math – critical to PTCB certification
  • Drug Classifications and the “Top 200 Drug Review”; and major classes of drugs including top brand names and generic drugs
  • Basic Biopharmaceuticals and a review of “Routes and Formulations"
  • A review of Parenterals and Drug Compounding
  • Aseptic technique and the handling of sterile products
  • Prescription Interpretation; Parts of a Prescription Label; Parts of a Written Prescription; and Auxiliary Labels
  • Inventory management and financial issues
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), demonstration of TPN admixture, hands-on practice of IV admixture; basics of IV solutions; calculating 24 hour supply of IV solutions; etc.
  • National Certification: Students would be eligible to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) national certification exam.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please email workforcedev@ColumbiaState.edu with (course name) in the subject line to be added to our course interest list and receive course schedule updates.