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Pharmacy Technician Course Curriculum

Our Pharmacy Technician course curriculum is developed by professionals who know exactly what it takes to thrive in this growing field. It's one of the many things that sets Ashworth College apart from other pharmacy technician schools online.

Pharmacy Technician Orientation

Pharmacy Technician Orientation  

In this course, you’ll examine 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, and developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century. You’ll also learn more about the allied health career options that are available to you and the necessary information you’ll need to be ethical, professional, and successful in those roles.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Identify skills needed to be a confident and independent online learner.
  • Differentiate between the various available allied health professions.
  • Describe the legal and ethical issues that arise when working in a health care facility.

Lesson Group 1: Introduction to Pharmacy

Lesson Group 1: Introduction to Pharmacy  

In this course, you’ll study the history and evolution of the pharmacy profession as well as the responsibilities of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. You’ll also familiarize yourself with common medical and pharmaceutical terms and symbols and review the regulations and standards of the pharmacy profession.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Summarize the origins, history, and evolution of the pharmacy profession.
  • Describe the roles and duties of pharmacy professionals.
  • Identify common medical terms and symbols used in pharmaceutical documentation and prescription orders.
  • Recognize the purpose of pharmacy regulations.

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Pharmacy Technician Program description

The Pharmacy Technician certificate program is designed to provide you with the knowledge of the skills expected of pharmacy technicians. You’ll learn the history, terminology, laws, and standards of the pharmaceutical profession. Additionally, you’ll learn how to classify drugs, calculate conversions, differentiate between types of medications and their purposes, and embark on an externship to gain firsthand experience of a pharmacy practice’s operations.

Program objectives

After completing the Pharmacy Technician program, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the typical responsibilities of a pharmacy technician and describe the personal and professional ethics required for success in this profession.
  2. Describe the roles and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician and the pharmacist, explain the differences between these two roles, and outline the regulations imposed on both by state and federal law.
  3. Demonstrate the standard techniques and procedures required of pharmacy technicians for pharmacy operations, including aseptic operations, medication transcriptions, metric/apothecary conversions, drug dispensation, record keeping, and patient profiling.
  4. List and explain all major classifications of drugs and understand their indications, therapeutic effects, side effects, dosing recommendations, routes of administration, and mechanisms of action.
  5. Interact with pharmacists, customers, and business associates, displaying professional skills, appearance, and ethics in a work-experience setting.

A prescription for success

In the Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma program, you gain valuable career guidance through your externship experience. But that's not all. Ashworth College also helps you develop the confidence you need to reach for your career goals because we integrate job search prep into your studies. With the online tools at the Ashworth College Central Network, you’ll get step-by-step guidance as you create polished, professional resumes and letters. After you graduate, you’ll keep your Ashworth College Central Network account so you can revisit the tools any time you need to make a good impression on a potential employer. Learn more about it at the Career Services page.

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