Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician program will cover areas such as: assisting the pharmacist in collecting, organizing, and evaluating information for direct patient care; receiving and screening prescription/medication orders for completeness and authenticity; preparing medications for dispensing; verifying the measurements, preparation, or packaging of medication produced by other technicians; dispensing medications; assisting the pharmacist in monitoring medication therapy; and maintaining confidentiality of patient and proprietary business information.

The objective of the Pharmacy Technician program is to involve the students in the technical knowledge and practical skills required for entry-level positions in retail, hospital or HMO pharmacies, health-care facilities, and pharmaceutical companies.

This program is designed to help students prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) sponsored by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

 

Pharmacy Technician: Eight month program (36 weeks) Clock hours: 720

Program Delivery: Residential

PT Curriculum

Module Number Module Name Lecture Hours Lab Hours Externship
Module I Law, Ethics, Regulations & Business applications 60 20
Module II Pharmacology and the Vascular Systems 60 20
Module III Sterile Products & The Apocrine System 50 30
Module IV Motor Systems & Order Processing 50 30
Module V Nervous System 60 20
Module VI Absorption System 60 20
Module VII Hospital Pharmacy Inventory & Computer Applications 40 40
Module VIII Externship* 160
Total 380 180 160

 

*All modules must be completed before going on Externship.

 


PT Licensure

To be licensed as a pharmacy technician in California, you must qualify under A, B, or C as listed below and be a high school graduate or possess a general educational development (GED) certificate:

  1.  If you are qualifying by one of the following methods, the Affidavit of Completed Coursework or Graduation for Pharmacy Technician (page 4 of the application) must be submitted with your application.
  • An Associate Degree in Pharmacy Technology;
  • Any other course that provides a minimum of 240 hours of instruction as specified in Title 16 California Code of Regulation section 1793.6(c);
  • A training course accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP); or
  • Graduation from a school of pharmacy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

If you are NA by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), you must submit a NA true copy of your PTCB certificate or the original certificate with your application. (A NA true copy is a copy that has been notarized as a true copy.)

If you are qualifying by training provided by a branch of the federal armed services, you must submit a copy of your DD214 with your application.

 

 

All Applicants enrolling in Pharmacy Technician program must provide a high school diploma or a copy of their GED and 2 sets of official transcripts, within 30 days of starting the program.

For more information, please visit The California Department of Consumer Affairs – Board of Pharmacy: www.pharmacy.ca.gov

 

Course Descriptions

Pharmacy Technician

Module I – Law, Ethics, Regulations & Business applications 80 hours

This module orients students to the work of pharmacy technicians and the context in which their work is performed. Students learn the concept of direct patient care and the technicians’ general role in its delivery, with particular emphasis on the complementary roles of pharmacists and technicians. Students are introduced to the profound influence that medication laws, standards, and regulations have on practice. Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to explain the concept of quality assurance and its procedures while noting the laws and regulations that govern the practice.

Also in this module, students learn to assist the pharmacist in collecting, organizing, and evaluating information for direct patient care, medication use review, and departmental management. Emphasis will be placed on securing information from the patient medical chart, record, and patient profile. Students also learn to interview patients, their representatives, caregivers, and healthcare professionals for needed information. Upon successful completion of the module, students should have the ability to adapt patient care to meet the needs of diversity while using basic math skills to evaluate information for direct patient care. Finally, students learn confidentiality issues regarding patient-specific information while handling health insurance billing including federal- and state-funded insurance programs.

 

Module II – Pharmacology and the Vascular System 80 hours

In this module, the students will understand the principal structural features of the heart and lymphatic system and its role in the circulatory process while discussing the use of cardiovascular drugs for treatment of its pathologies. Students will also be trained in the use of methods and equipment in CPR. Emphasis will be placed on trade and generic drugs of the cardiovascular system and their therapeutic effects. Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to identify and discuss trade, generic, use, action, dosage form, route, and classification of cardiovascular drugs in the top 200 lists and interpret prescriptions using the correct dosage equation while dispensing the drug in the correct delivery system.

 

Module III – Sterile Products & the Apocrine System 80 hours

In this module, students learn the uses and side effects of prescription medications, nonprescription medications, and alternative therapies commonly used to treat diseases affecting the endocrine and integumentary systems. To achieve this, students comprehend an understanding of basic anatomy and physiology of the endocrine and integumentary systems. For each medication studied, students learn the brand and generic name, standard pronunciation, abbreviation, dosage forms, and routes of administration. Upon successful completion of the module, students should be proficient in therapeutic treatment alternatives for diseases of the apocrine system, demonstrating this by interpretation, dosage calculation, and delivery method of brand and generic medication distribution.

 

 

Module IV – Motor Systems and Order Processing  80 hours

This  module  will  provide  students  with  an  understanding  of  the  generalized musculoskeletal system. Topics discussed will include muscle relaxants, non-narcotic analgesics, and drugs for arthritis. Emphasis will focus on causes, cures, and treatment of common aliments using both prescription and OTC drugs. Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able discuss to pathologies of the musculoskeletal system and generic and trade drugs that are used for treatment. Students should be aware of the side effects, dosage form, route, and proper use of these drugs while determining the correct delivery system.

Also in this module students will learn to receive and screen prescriptions and medication orders. Initially, students learn how state laws and regulations determine what activities associated with receiving and screening prescriptions/medication orders for completeness and authenticity can be delegated by pharmacists to technicians. Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate the proper method for receiving a prescription or medication order for authenticity and be proficient in adding any missing information. Students should be able to communicate in a clear, logical manner at the appropriate level when performing this job responsibility.

 

Module V – Nervous System 80 hours

This module will provide students with an introduction to pathologies of the nervous system and drugs for treatment of these pathologies in prescription and nonprescription form. Drug classes presented will include stimulants, depressants, psychotropic, anxiolytic, antianxiety, pain management, anticonvulsants, anesthetics, analgesics, and narcotics. Emphasis will be to correlate the connection between the physiological systems and the related drugs. Students should demonstrate competency with the different drug trade names, generic names, and their classification. Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to distinguish between the brand and generic name, standard pronunciation, dosage form, and routes of administration of medications used to treat the nervous system including psychiatric disorders. Students should be able to demonstrate this knowledge by interpreting prescription and medication orders using the correct dosage equation and delivery system

 

Module VI – Absorption System 80 hours

This module will allow students to review and differentiate the drugs linked to the respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, and the urinary system while studying the anatomy and physiology of these systems. Emphasis will be placed on pathologies and drug treatment involving essential and accessory organs. Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to identify and discuss trade and generic names, standard pronunciation, dosage forms, abbreviations, and routes of administration for each medication studied that relates to the absorption systems.

 

Module VII – Hospital Pharmacy Inventory & Computer Applications 80 hours

In this module students learn to control the inventory of medication and equipment, and how to maintain pharmacy equipment and devices according to an established plan. Emphasis will be placed on inventory control of pharmaceuticals, devices, and supplies including handling their receipt, storage, removal, and infection control. Students learn to identify items that should be ordered, and how to clean laminar airflow cabinets. Upon successful completion of the module, students should understand the concept of troubleshooting and the maintenance and repair of pharmacy equipment and devices while maintaining the security of the inventory. Along with key speaker’s form Hospital Pharmacies and field trips students will understand and be able to anticipate expectations with a hospital pharmacy. Upon completion of the module the student will be able to detail workflow within a hospital setting.

Also in this module, students learn the components of commonly used computer hardware and software. Keyboarding skills are practiced to enhance speed and accuracy. Microsoft Office is introduced and used for the purpose of building proficient operation of computer software. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of entering patient information and prescription data. Upon successful completion of the module, students should have a basic understanding of career management in pharmacy while using Microsoft Office applications to assist with managerial duties. Students should also be proficient in prescription processing system software.

Module – VIII 160 hours

This module provides students with skills training developed in the didactic and laboratory phases of their training in the practice environment of an ambulatory clinic that provides infusion services. The externship

will be completed at a pharmacy, hospital, or other appropriate healthcare facility under the supervision of a qualified medical personnel. At the completion of the externship, students should have performed all duties designated to a pharmacy technician in an ambulatory setting. The preceptor at the extern facility completes a written evaluation of each student’s performance.  Prerequisites:  All  pharmacy  technician program modules must be successfully completed.