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Pharmacy Technician Program

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 edition, projected that employment prospects for pharmacy technicians is expected to increase 25% from 2008 -2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.  Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 31%. Factors such as growing aging population, scientific advances leading to new drugs, growing trend of pharmacies used as patient-care centers, are the a few of the driving force for the employment growth for pharmacy technicians.  The report states that “job prospects are expected to be good, especially those with previous experiences, formal training and certification.”

The Pharmacy Technician Program prepares graduates to work as pharmacy technician in pharmacy settings including retail or mail-order pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, infusion centers, pharmaceutical companies, legal firms, and state board inspectors.

 

The employment objective is to assist a licensed pharmacists prepare prescription medications, provide customer service, and perform administrative duties within a pharmacy setting in compliance with the state rules and regulations. Pharmacy technicians generally are responsible for receiving prescription requests, checking tablet quantity, and labeling bottles, with a focus on quality and duties may extend to administrative and clerical functions.

 

The AdSum Pharmacy Technician Certificate curriculum is designed with inputs from pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and incorporates the Model Curriculum for Pharmacy Training by ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists). The Pharmacy Calculations course provides a strong foundation in math skills, prepare for the certification exam and function with quality as pharmacy technician.

 

This program prepares you to take either of the two national certification exams. The exams include the PTCB exam at www.ptcb.org offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and  ICPT exam at www.nhanow.org offered by the Institute for th Certification of Pharmacy Technician which is now part of National Health Association (NHA).

Prerequisite:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Math and English competencies at college entrance level or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Score 40 (minimum)

Program Duration:  28 weeks + 40 hours of clinical practice

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program will prepare learners for the pharmacy technician role and the national certification board exam. The topics covers are

  • Orientation to Pharmacy Practice / Rules and Regulations
  • Basic Physiology /  Medical and Pharmaceutical Terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Prescription Medication and Dispensing
  • Drug Interactions and Patient Care
  • Pharmacy Calculations
  • Pharmacy Management and Quality Control
  • Clinical Practice

The AdSum Pharmacy Technician certificate program requires clinical practice as a requirement for completion. Clinical Practice consists of 20 hours of retail experience and 20 hours of hospital experience. Learners in your hometowns choose facilities in your area to complete this requirement.  You will receive assistance from the instructor to locate local facilities where you can do your clinical practice to fulfill the requirements for the course.

Orientation to Pharmacy Practice / Rules and Regulations

This course orients learners to the work of pharmacy technicians and the context in which technicians' work is performed. Students learn the concept of direct patient care and technicians' general role in its delivery, with particular emphasis on the complementary roles of pharmacists and technicians. Students are introduced to the profound influence that medication laws, standards, and regulations have on practice.

 

Basic Physiology / Medical and Pharmaceutical Terminology

The student will be able to build medical terms by combining forms, word roots, plurals, prefixes, and suffixes. The student will take exams to correctly spell and define pharmacy and medical terms; understand and identify medical prefixes, suffixes, and common medical abbreviations. In covering the basic systems of the human body, this course enables the student to understand the health problems of the patient as they relate to the various systems.

Pharmacology

This is an introductory course that focuses on the study of medications. The learner explores commonly prescribed drugs by their drug classification and uses, along with adverse effects and contraindications, and how they act in the body.

Prescription Medication and Dispensing

The student learns to differentiate the categories and issues related to prescription, controlled substances, and managed care prescriptions. The course teaches the learner to receive and screen prescriptions or medication orders. Real world scenarios are introduced to understand medication therapy management and monitoring, prescription dispensing, and computer automation in medication dispensing.

 

Drug Interactions and Patient Care

The course covers the use, side effects and therapeutic effects of prescription medications, nonprescription medications, and alternative therapies commonly used to treat diseases affecting the organs and the body system and the adverse effects. For patient care, learners practice communication skills as well as practice assisting the pharmacist in collecting, organizing, and evaluating information for direct patient care, medication use review, and departmental management. Class discusses current updates on technology for pharmacy data.

Pharmacy Calculations

This course focuses on the pharmacy calculations that are required for a pharmacy technician. There are many practice questions and reviews to train you in the calculations.

Pharmacy Management and Quality Control

The course focuses on the control of inventory of medications, equipment, and devices according to an established plan. The topics covered include purchasing pharmaceuticals, devices, and supplies, including acquisition in emergency situations, and exploring current methods for distributing medications and recording their distribution in various practice settings. The second part of the course focuses on quality assurance and control. The course covers activities related to the administration and management of pharmacy practice with an emphasis in quality.

 

Clinical Practice

At the start of the program, the instructor will have the learner identify a facility in your area for the Clinical Practice. The learner knows best the facilities in your hometown and initiates the Clinical Practice. When the hospital or retail pharmacy has been identified, the learner notifies the instructor. The instructor with the contact information will verify with the facility and work collaboratively to insure quality training. If you are currently working in a pharmacy facility, your work place qualifies for the Clinical Practice. Clinical Practice is necessary training to complete this program.

Tuition: $7,000

Duration: 6 months

 

Tution fees does not include books and examination.

 

 

 

 

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