Become a Pharmacy Technician

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Language
English
Duration
5 hours course
Course by Udemy
What will you learn?
By the end of this course, you will be able to utilize the skills you have learned to achieve a job as a pharmacy technician.
Read sig codes
Perform simple pharmacy math
Understand commonly used pharmacy law
Brand and generic equivalents
About the course

Becoming a pharmacy technician is a simpler path than most students think. While many students are convinced that becoming certified involves months of schooling -currently this is NOT the case.

To become a certified pharmacy technician an individual must:

1. Register with the PTCB or ExCPT to take a certification exam. Most states require the PTCB, but the ExCPT is accepted in many states.

2. Study the required material to pass the PTCB or ExCPT examination. (Note: Studying for the exam can be a part of a lengthy/costly college course, but is not required - a simple online video course will be sufficient )

3. Pass your exam!

4. Register with your respective State Board of Pharmacy. We provide the web URL for all 50 State Boards of Pharmacy to make registering easy!

This course is designed to help students learn the concepts needed to become a certified pharmacy technician (C. Ph.T). Many different topics are covered in the course, including pharmacy law, common abbreviations, commonly used calculations, and many other skills used by pharmacy technicians in their day to day tasks. Utilizing the advantages of a self-paced course, student will be able to prepare to take the certification exam needed to work as a pharmacy technician.

Included in this course are how-to videos, drugs lists, commonly seen abbreviations, pharmaceutical calculations, sample test questions, and other resources useful in a successful pharmacy career.

This course will require additional time and repetition to reinforce skills learned within the included materials. Students are encouraged to take a slow and steady pace in this course - it is designed as a 6-week course but may be longer or shorter depending on the rate of learning by the student.

Program
Introduction
Introduction
In this short introduction, I cover what will be taught in the course, what skills are asked of a pharmacy technician, and why this is a good career choice. The attached document can help students find out about certification procedures that are required in their home state.
Class Structure:· Introduction
o A few lectures to get us comfortable with a pharmacy
· Pharmacy Shorthand (Sig Codes)
o Study this BID PRN
· Medications
o Top 200 Medications
· Pharmacy Math
o Spend lots of your time here
o Cert exam is heavy on math
· Pharmacy Law
o Numerous Law questions are on the exam
Pharmacy Workflow Part 1
This lecture covers the process of filling a prescription at a retail pharmacy. While the contents of this lecture is not often seen on the certification exam - the lecture is important for students who have not worked in a pharmacy before.Nothing makes a rookie in a pharmacy stick out more than the lost look on their face during that first week. Knowing how a pharmacy works before you start will help you to jump right in.
The best way to learn the concepts taught in this lecture is to work in a pharmacy as a clerk. A clerk position usually runs the cash register as well as other various duties in the pharmacy. This job usually requires little to no experience previously. Not only can it help you learn your medications quicker - many students have success with becoming a technician at the same company they began work as a technician.
Pharmacy Workflow Part 2
This lecture covers the process of filling a prescription at a retail pharmacy. While the contents of this lecture is not often seen on the certification exam - the lecture is important for students who have not worked in a pharmacy before.Nothing makes a rookie in a pharmacy stick out more than the lost look on their face during that first week. Knowing how a pharmacy works before you start will help you to jump right in.

The best way to learn the concepts taught in this lecture is to work in a pharmacy as a clerk. A clerk position usually runs the cash register as well as other various duties in the pharmacy. This job usually requires little to no experience previously. Not only can it help you learn your medications quicker - many students have success with becoming a technician at the same company they began work as a technician.
Counting/Pouring
This is a short lecture demonstrating how to count and pour in a pharmacy. It is something that I would have at one time thought that was too simple a concept to even make a video on.

After seeing too many first time technicians count their capsules by one or even count them with their bare hands, I have determined that a simple lecture like this is needed.Notice that I pour my liquid without checking at eye level - not a great practice.
Exam Information
Certainly it can seem overwhelming to prepare and SIGN UPfor the certification exam. You will want to make certain that you are signing up for the correct exam. Some states require the PTCB exam, while other states require the ExCPT. Having an exam date can be very nerve racking and motivating. There are plenty of resources about each each am each organizations website: PTCB.org
PharmacyTechnician.org
See what is required in your state. There is a helpful link in the opening lecture if you missed it.
Pharmacy Abbreviations
Pharmacy Abbreviations Part 1
Pharmacy abbreviations are used in almost every facet of the medical field. Knowing the abbreviations (known as Sig Codes) for a prescription is a required task for a pharmacy technician.
Download and/or print the supplementary lists of abbreviations. They have additional abbreviations that are not in the videos lectures. I touch on the most commonly seen abbreviations in the videos.
You will need to study this section until it becomes second nature to you. 3"x5" flash cards are very helpful to make. You may want to use your iphone or ipad instead of flash cards:Use Less Paper
Rinse and Repeat until you learn it!
Sig Code Quiz
Pharmacy Abbreviations Part 2
Use this lecture as a video flash card!

As the sig codes come up on the screen I want you to write or say the proper translation of each sig code. Find out what you missed and go back and memorize those sig codes. If you missed of the abbreviations from this lecture, there is a good chance you have forgotten others as well.
Go back to your flash cards if needed. They are your secret weapon in the war on pharmacy knowledge.
Pharmacy Abbreviation Wrap-Up
I've got some real world stuff here for you. These are actual prescriptions from the pharmacy. No patient information is on these prescriptions (wouldn't want to violate HIPPA - more on that later in the class). Notice how the Dr's handwriting is pretty tough to read on some of these prescriptions. Again, this is real world - that is a challenge in the pharmacy. Not being able to read a prescription puts the whole pharmacy to a halt. Usually the best move is to call the Dr. and ask what was intended to be written. Some Dr's will take offense to you asking - don't worry about it. Better for you to ask then to cause an error because of sloppy handwriting.It is an even tougher situation when you can't even read the Dr's name - then you don't even know who to call!! Look for more of these real world prescriptions in the coming quizzes.
Sig Code Quiz #2
Requirements
  • A willingness to work hard to memorize the concepts covered
  • Calculator
  • Knowledge of Simple Math Concepts
Lecturers
Steven Pettit, Pharm.D.
Steven Pettit, Pharm.D.
Pharmacist
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