Program Duration: 4 Months
Contact Hours: 375
Student Tuition: $3,000
This comprehensive course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Course content includes pharmacy medical terminology, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining generic and brand names drugs and more. Program also includes a clinical externship at a local healthcare provider. This program will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to pursue certification including the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.
This course covers the following key areas and topics:
Medical terminology specific to the pharmacy
Skills to read and interpret prescriptions
Review of the top 200 drugs
Skills to identify drugs by generic and brand names
Dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, and dose conversions
Dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement
Pharmacy Technician Detailed Course Information:
The history of pharmacy and healthcare
Pharmacy technician role and responsibilities
Pharmacy technician certification and registration process
Types of pharmacies including the hospital pharmacy, retail practice, long-term care, practice, mail order pharmacy, home care pharmacies, and others
Drug regulation and control
Pharmaceutical terminology and related anatomy
Parts of the prescription and labeling; Pharmacy calculations and math review
Pharmacy measures and abbreviations; Routes and formulations
Parenterals and compounding
Aseptic technique and the handling of sterile products
Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
Basics of IV solutions and calculating 24-hour supply of IV solutions
Factors affecting drug activity
Information and pharmacy resources
Inventory management and financial issues
Brand names and generic drugs; Drug names and drug classes
Students who complete the Columbia Southern University Pharmacy Technician program will be prepared to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) national technician certification exam. In order to work as a pharmacy technician, many states nationwide are requiring that technicians achieve national PTCB technician certification prior to working in that state. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the clinical externship option with their program. This comprehensive program is designed to prepare students to sit for this PTCB national certification exam. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the PTCB national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.
Clinical Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum:
Although not a requirement of this program, once students complete the Pharmacy Technician program they have the ability to participate in a clinical externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a Pharmacy Technician. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in a hospital, physicians practice, clinic and/or with other healthcare organizations. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed in a healthcare organization near their location. Columbia Southern University works with national healthcare organizations and has the ability to place students in clinical externship opportunities nationwide.
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