I really loved this course and I'm sorry its over. I can't wait to advance my education in this area. Thank you so much."
I took this course to see if my daughter, who is in high school, would like to get into this field - she had a strong background in chemistry and math. I think she would be perfect. Thanks for all your help!"
This course was exactly what I needed to show me that being a pharmacy technician is the career I want to pursue."
I enjoyed this course. I look forward to taking the advanced pharmacy career training course. Thanks!"
I really enjoyed this course and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a career in pharmacy. It was very informative!"
Thanks, I loved your course! You are a great instructor and answered all of our questions and concerns in a very professional and rapid manner."
This course was very helpful. I wasn't exactly sure what a pharmacy technician's role was, but after completeing this class, I fully understand. It is more than I thought it would be. The lessons, assignments, and instructor were extremely helpful. I would indeed take another course with this instructor. Good Job!"
Course Code: pht
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course 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.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.