The Pharmacy Technician Profession
The need for Pharmacy Technicians continues to grow with demand expected to increase substantially through 2020. Technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings. This high demand for pharmacy technicians is the result of a multitude of factors including the constant availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of certified pharmacy technicians, and the aging population. Approximately 400,000 technicians will be employed to meet our nation's growing health care demands.
This program will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to pursue certification including the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's PTCB exam.
Key Areas and Topics
- Pharmacy calculations
- 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 reimbursement
Approximately 350 hours of online instruction.
This is a work-at-your-own-pace program. Participants have 6 months to complete this program from the student's initial program start date.
Textbooks are included
Payment Plan & Registration
Payment plans are available with 30% down. If you are interested in setting up a payment plan, please contact:
This program is an approved Eligible Training Program in this Local Workforce Investment Area. Scholarships, which include full funding, to attend this training program are available for eligible individuals, who meet certain criteria, as part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
Examples of eligible individuals who may seek WIOA funding include, but are not limited to displaced workers, unemployed adults, single parents, and youth ages 16-24. To determine eligibility, contact the Arkansas Workforce Center in your area. Interested parties should let the Arkansas Workforce Center know of your interest in this program and funding options.
Full Payment & Registration
- The history of pharmacy and health care
- 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
- Basic biopharmaceutics
- 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