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Explore a Career as a Pharmacy Technician

Health care is a booming field these days, and pharmacy technicians are in high demand. In this course, you'll take a look at the many job settings and career paths open to you if you become a pharmacy technician. You'll master the skills you need to get an entry-level position as a pharmacy tech or clerk.   

In addition, you'll learn about the important laws and regulations that govern pharmacies. You'll also hone your communication skills, learning how to handle customers courteously and efficiently. And finally, you'll explore the steps you can take to enhance your career prospects becoming a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). By the time you're done, you'll be prepared to start your career in this popular and rapidly-growing field.

NoteThis course is designed to give you an introduction to the profession of pharmacy technician.  It will not supply enough information to sit for the national exam.  If your goal is to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), then upon completion of this introductory course, enrollment into the advanced course is recommended.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Explore a Career as a Pharmacy Technician Details + Objective

Course Code: pht

You Will Learn
  • Learn basic terms for medical conditions and anatomy
  • Gain the skills you'll need to read prescriptions and patient records
  • Find out how common classes of drugs are made and how they work
  • Master the simple math that every pharmacy tech needs to know
  • Learn how to calculate dosages accurately
  • Find out how to translate metric measurements into familiar household measures like teaspoons and tablespoons
  • Understand how prescription pricing works
  • Learn about the important laws and regulations that govern pharmacies
  • Explore the steps you can take to enhance your career prospects becoming a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Hone your communication skills, learning how to handle customers courteously and efficiently
  • Learn the many job settings and career paths open to you if you become a pharmacy technician
  • Master the skills you need to get an entry-level position as a pharmacy tech or clerk
Explore a Career as a Pharmacy Technician Outline
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Week 1

Learn about the many different paths that a technician can take for a successful and rewarding career in the profession of pharmacy. Then get an overview of the science called pharmacology. We'll discuss the variety of ways drugs enter the human body, and we'll explore how those drugs work once they get inside. You’ll also learn how drugs can cause a positive or negative effect.

Week 2

Walk through the major laws that dictate how pharmacies operate. We’ll also discuss the importance of confidentiality and the penalties for violating this very important law. Then we'll go through a typical day in both a retail pharmacy and a hospital pharmacy, identifying both their similarities and their differences to help you better learn which type of pharmacy technician you’d like to become.

Week 3

Explore the meanings of the root words, prefixes, and suffixes that make up most medical terms, and practice using the smaller components to determine what the whole word means. Abbreviations are also a big part of medical terminology, so we’ll spend some time reviewing some of the more common ones used in the profession. Then venture through some of the most common antibiotics, antifungals, and antivirals, and for each category, and gain a better understanding of why the doctor prescribed it.

Week 4

In this lesson, we'll discuss some of the common drugs that doctors prescribe for high blood pressure and prevention of heart attacks. We'll also go over respiratory drugs, including asthma medicines and a variety of cough and cold agents. And, we'll discuss some of the drugs you might use to help with various stomach discomforts, like heartburn, diarrhea, and constipation. Then take a look at some drugs that control pain.

Week 5

Discuss drugs that doctors prescribe to treat the thyroid, control diabetes, and provide birth control. We'll also look at some common drugs that patients use for eye infections and ear infections. Then take a journey through the metric and apothecary systems of measurements as we discuss how we use math in the world of pharmacy. You’ll practice some common conversions and calculate some dosages for prescriptions. You’ll also learn how to calculate the prescription price and how to figure out how much money an insurance company will reimburse the pharmacy.

Week 6

Discuss the many ways we communicate in pharmacy. We'll talk about how to communicate with our fellow employees and other professionals, and we'll go over all the dos and don'ts of talking with customers. And finally, we’ll explore the outlook for a career as a pharmacy technician.

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Explore a Career as a Pharmacy Technician Instructors
Lorraine Zentz

Lorraine Zentz has been a pharmacy technician since 1981. She currently works at a hospital pharmacy and has worked in all pharmacy areas (retail, home health, hospital, oncology, and training/education) during her pharmacy career. Lorraine received her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry, and her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction (the design and implementation of educational materials). She also completed her doctorate studies in adult education. She has held the positions of Colorado State Coordinator for NPTA and Chairman of the Colorado Pharmacist Society Technician Academy and has been certified since 1985. In 2004, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award and was also named Technician of the Year for the state of Colorado. Lorraine conducts continuing education programs for technicians throughout Colorado and nationally at the annual NPTA convention.

Explore a Career as a Pharmacy Technician Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

NoteThis course is designed to give you an introduction to the profession of pharmacy technician.  It will not supply enough information to sit for the national exam.  If your goal is to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), then upon completion of this introductory course, enrollment into the advanced course is recommended.  The advanced course is located in the online Career Training section of the ed2go catalog: http://www.ed2go.com/career/training-programs/pharmacy-technician.

Explore a Career as a Pharmacy Technician Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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