Pharmacy Technician Program Curriculum

The Pharmacy Technician program was developed by professionals to make sure you learn practical skills for a real-world career. Our focus is to prepare you to graduate ready to get a great job in a growing field.

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state.

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

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.

Allied Healthcareers  

Introduction to the basic operations of allied healthcareers 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  

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

Pharmacology in Practice  

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

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.

Dispensing Medications and the Community 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  

Pharmacy operations in hospital settings.

Infection Control; Preparing Sterile IVs  

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

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 Group 4: Pharmacology, Part 1

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.

The Science of Pharmacology  

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

Antibiotics, Antifungals, and Antivirals  

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

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 Group 5: Pharmacology, Part 2

Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Drugs  

Pharmacology of respiratory and gastrointestinal drugs.

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.

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.

Chemotherapy and Miscellaneous Pharmaceutical Products  

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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Program Description

Obtain the skills needed for this stable career in pharmacy technician training. Our online program covers the indications, side effects, dosage calculations and administration methods of the major classes of drugs. This course prepares students for the ExCPT or PTCE certification exam*, leading the way to rapid advancement in a worthwhile field.

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. Explain how to follow all standard techniques and procedures related to pharmacy operations, including aseptic operations, medication transcriptions, metric/apothecary conversions, drug dispensation, recordkeeping, 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.

Our Pharmacy Technician program provides proven training to help you start your career. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.

*Certification Exam Requirements: Certification exam prerequisites vary. Please check with NHA and PTCB for their requirements.