Online Pharmacy Technician Course

Career Diploma
Pharmacy Technician

As a Certified Pharmacy Technician, you can succeed faster. Our online pharmacy tech programs prepare you for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Certification exam delivered by our partner, the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)*. NHA certification is nationally recognized, opening the door to increased pay and professional advancement. Prepare now in one of the finest online pharmacy technician schools.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 4 Months

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  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

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Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth  

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.

Lesson 2: Allied Health Careers  

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 3: Introduction to Pharmacy 

Introduction to the practice of pharmacy and explanation of terms that are commonly used in the pharmacy profession.

Lesson 4: Pharmacology in Practice  

Definitions, uses, and sources of the basic tools of pharmacy—drugs.

Lesson 5: Dosage Forms and Routes of Administration; Pharmaceutical Measurements and Calculations  

Methods of administering medications into the body. Introduction of the basic measurement systems and mathematical techniques used in pharmacy.

Lesson 6: Dispensing Medications and the Community Pharmacy  

Dispensing medication, mechanics of billing, purchasing, receiving, and inventory management in a pharmacy setting.

Lesson 7: Hospital Pharmacy Practice  

Pharmacy operations in hospital settings.

Lesson 8: Infection Control; Preparing Sterile IVs  

Protecting patients and healthcare providers from infectious diseases. Techniques used to prepare sterile intravenous products.

Lesson 9: Medication Safety  

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 10: Names, Indications, Abbreviations, and Prescription Reading  

Generic names, pronunciations, classifications, and brand names of the most commonly prescribed drugs; top drugs administered in hospitals; common pharmacy abbreviations and acronyms.

Lesson 11: The Science of Pharmacology  

Process of getting drugs approved for general use by physicians. Issues related to the administration of drugs to individual patients.

Lesson 12: Antibiotics, Antifungals, and Antivirals  

Infectious bacteria and the antibiotic drugs that have been developed to treat them. Introduction to fungi and viruses.

Lesson 13: Anesthetics, Narcotic Pain Relievers, Psychiatric Drugs, and Drugs for CNS Disorders  

How the human nervous system is affected by the various classes of pain relievers.

Lesson 14: Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Drugs  

Pharmacology of respiratory and gastrointestinal drugs.

Lesson 15: Renal, Urinary, and Cardiovascular Drugs  

Diseases and disorders of the cardiovascular and urinary systems, including the drug therapies that are used in prevention and treatment.

Lesson 16: Muscle Relaxants, Nonnarcotic Analgesics, Hormones, and Topicals  

Study of the nature, uses, and side effects of medicinal drugs in the classes of muscle relaxants, nonnarcotic analgesics, hormones, and topicals.

Lesson 17: Chemotherapy and Miscellaneous Pharmaceutical Products  

Chemotherapeutic and biologic drugs as well as substances such as vitamins, herbs, and antidotes.

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  What You Get

National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)

Completion of our Pharmacy Technician program means you're prepared to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) exam*, at no additional cost. You'll receive everything you need to succeed, all covered in your tuition:

  • Comprehensive pharmacy practice and pharmacology textbooks
  • Certification-aligned study guides
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Access to the Student Community
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After graduation...*

  • Fully interactive test-prep resources ($56 value) provided by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), to help you build your skills and pass the exam with confidence
  • Proctored Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) exam ($105 value), delivered by the NHA
  • NHA Certification certificate and wallet ID card ($19 value) after passing 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 accredited college will put you ahead in the job market. And once you pass the CPhT exam, you'll be career-ready. Online pharmacy technician schools like Ashworth College will get you there fast!

*Because of state licensing requirements, residents of Arizona, California, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming will receive the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) exam, including the PTCB Certification Practice Test and the PTCB Certification certificate (after passing exam).

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