What You'll Learn
Our online pharmacy tech programs teach the solid skills you'll need to work in a retail pharmacy or hospital pharmacy setting. Starting with basic concepts and progressing to professional-level skills, your challenging lessons show you how to...
- Retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure and mix medications
- Establish and maintain patient profiles
- Prepare insurance claim forms
- Manage inventory
- Interact with doctors, patients and the pharmacist
Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program
Learning at Ashworth
Allied Health Careers
The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.
Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues you may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.
Lesson Group 2: Pharmacy Technician Basics
Introduction to Pharmacy
Pharmacology in Practice
Introduction to the practice of pharmacy and explanation of terms that are commonly used in the pharmacy profession.
Dosage Forms and Routes of Administration; Pharmaceutical Measurements and Calculations
Definitions, uses, and sources of the basic tools of pharmacy—drugs.
Dispensing Medications and the Community Pharmacy
Methods of administering medications into the body. Introduction of the basic measurement systems and mathematical techniques used in pharmacy.
Dispensing medication, mechanics of billing, purchasing, receiving, and inventory management in a pharmacy setting.
Lesson Group 3: Hospital Practice, Infection Control, and Safety Measures
Hospital Pharmacy Practice
Infection Control; Preparing Sterile IVs
Pharmacy operations in hospital settings.
Protecting patients and healthcare providers from infectious diseases. Techniques used to prepare sterile intravenous products.
Prevalence and potential adverse effects caused secondary to medical errors. Processes and procedures which may be implemented to prevent medical errors within the healthcare system.
Lesson Group 4: Pharmacology, Part 1
Names, Indications, Abbreviations, and Prescription Reading
The Science of Pharmacology
Generic names, pronunciations, classifications, and brand names of the most commonly prescribed drugs; top drugs administered in hospitals; common pharmacy abbreviations and acronyms.
Antibiotics, Antifungals, and Antivirals
Process of getting drugs approved for general use by physicians. Issues related to the administration of drugs to individual patients.
Anesthetics, Narcotic Pain Relievers, Psychiatric Drugs, and Drugs for CNS Disorders
Infectious bacteria and the antibiotic drugs that have been developed to treat them. Introduction to fungi and viruses.
How the human nervous system is affected by the various classes of pain relievers.
Lesson Group 5: Pharmacology, Part 2
Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Drugs
Renal, Urinary, and Cardiovascular Drugs
Pharmacology of respiratory and gastrointestinal drugs.
Muscle Relaxants, Nonnarcotic Analgesics, Hormones, and Topicals
Diseases and disorders of the cardiovascular and urinary systems, including the drug therapies that are used in prevention and treatment.
Chemotherapy and Miscellaneous Pharmaceutical Products
Study of the nature, uses, and side effects of medicinal drugs in the classes of muscle relaxants, nonnarcotic analgesics, hormones, and topicals.
Chemotherapeutic and biologic drugs as well as substances such as vitamins, herbs, and antidotes.
Lesson Group 6: Externship
Students will complete 120 hours of externship in a retail pharmacy under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. They’ll also receive training in airborne and blood-borne pathogens, HIPAA requirements for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, certification preparation, career options, writing resumes and cover letters, and handling job interviews.
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What You Get
You'll receive everything you need to succeed, all covered in your tuition.
- Comprehensive pharmacy practice and pharmacology textbooks
- Certification-aligned study guides
- Academic and career guidance from your personal mentor
- 120-hour pharmacy externship*
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- Proctored ExCPT Exam delivered by the National Healthcareer Association - including interactive test prep resources, plus certificate and wallet card if passed (Total $180 value)
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- Proctored PTCE Exam delivered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board - including practice exam, plus certificate and wallet card if passed (Total $183 value)
(1) *Externship Eligibility: Must be at least age 18 with a minimum GPA of 2.0. May require criminal background check. (2) Certification Exam Requirements: Certification exam prerequisites vary. Please check with NHA and PTCB for their requirements. (3) State Regulations: State requirements to become a pharmacy technician vary. Please check with your state’s pharmacy regulatory agency to confirm the requirements and certification exam.
Graduates of our online Pharmacy Technician program receive a diploma suitable for framing and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. Your Career Diploma from our nationally accredited school plus your certification and externship will put you ahead in the job market.
We've eliminated the hurdles. Start your Pharmacy Technician training today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.