Pharmacy Technician Certificate Online
Credits: 5-credits, 240 Clock Hours
Textbooks: Mosby's Pharmacy Technician/The Pharmacy Technician
Prerequisite Courses: High School Diploma/GED, Background Screening
Hours: 240 course study hours (self-paced), plus 200 hours externship
Tuition: $ 899 (monthly payment plan available)
This course prepares students for the national Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) exam. Through direct instruction, interactive skills demonstrations, and practice assignments, students learn the basics of pharmacy assisting, including various pharmacy calculations and measurements, pharmacy law, pharmacology, medical terminology and abbreviations, medicinal drugs, sterile techniques, USP 795 and 797 standards, maintenance of inventory, patient record systems, data processing automation in the pharmacy, and employability skills. Successful completion of this course prepares the student to sit for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) exam.
Throughout the course, you will meet the following goals:
- Describe the role of the Pharmacy Technician
- Identify key aspects of the pharmacy environment
- List and describe body systems and the drugs used to treat illnesses
- Classify various drugs
- Understand how pharmacy laws impact pharmacy work
- Know how to interpret and process prescriptions
- Perform pharmacy calculations related to measurements, dilutions, dosages, and conversions
- Analyze inventory management systems and duties
- Know how to maintain current patient records
This course requires the same level of commitment from you as a traditional classroom course would. Throughout this course, you are expected to spend approximately seven to ten hours per week online on the following activities:
- Interactive lessons that include a mixture of instructional segments and tasks
- Assignments in which you apply and extend learning in each lesson
- Assessments, including tests and cumulative exams
Your teacher will communicate with you regularly through discussions, e-mail, chat, and system announcements. You will also communicate with classmates, either via online tools or face to face, as you collaborate on projects, ask and answer questions in your peer group, and develop your speaking and listening skills.
You will be graded on the work you do online and the work you submit electronically to your teacher. The weighting for each category of graded activity is listed below.
Scope and Sequence
When you log into the Washington Online LMS, you can view the entire course map—an interactive scope and sequence of all topics you will study. The units of study are summarized below:
Unit 1: Pharmacy Technician Roles
Unit 2: Pharmacy Environments
Unit 3: Pharmacology
Unit 4: Drugs and Body Systems Part I
Unit 5: Drugs and Body Systems Part II
Unit 6: Classifications
Unit 7: Prescriptions
Unit 8: Calculations, Routes, and Formulations
Unit 9: Parenterals and Admixtures
Unit 10: Compounding
Unit 11: Pharmacy Law
Unit 12: Inventory Management
Unit 13: Pharmacy Management
Earn Your Certificate Online
Upon completion of this individual course, students will be awarded a certificate from The Washington Online Learning Institute.
Certification from the accredited Washington Online Learning Institute will signify the student's achievement in both knowledge and competence.
This certificate is valid in all 50 States.
Course Format: Instructor-Led Online Course
Students are required to complete weekly reading assignments both from the textbook and other supplemental materials. Students must also participate in discussions with the course instructor and fellow students. Discussion forums are provided in the WOLI online classroom.
Online tests are conducted at the end of each course.
Students are not required to attend any scheduled class meetings. Log in at your convenience to attend school.
Washington Online Learning Institute offers the PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) credential.
PTCB is a registered trademark of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
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