Pharmacy Technician Career Prep

330 Hours / 12 Months / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

This course will provide you with the necessary skills to become a pharmacy tech in a hospital or retail setting. The lessons in this course will provide a comprehensive overview of the complexities of community and institutional pharmacies through the course readings and supplemental textbook lab activities.  You will learn the fundamentals of the pharmacy, as well as the role of a pharmacy technician.  You will learn how to process a prescription, create non-sterile compounds, and ensure proper medication safety and management.  Upon completion of this course, you will gain the skills and knowledge to qualify for entry level positions in pharmacies, and you'll be prepared for national certification.

Students will:

  • Explain the role of the pharmacy technician and identify the elements that make up the pharmacy.
  • Explain the role of math in the pharmacy and identify pharmaceutical measurements and dosage calculations.
  • Explain basic medication safety and identify the different types of drug and drug references associated with them.
  • Explain the role of the community pharmacy and identify the activities that occur within the community pharmacy.
  • Explain non-sterile compounding and identify the procedures associated with non-sterile compounding.
  • Identify the services, structure, procedures and techniques that are part of an institutional pharmacy.
  • Identify the sterile procedures and practices that are the responsibility of a pharmacy technician.
  • Identify the career options available to pharmacy technicians and identify the steps necessary to obtain employment.

About ProTrain:

ProTrain is committed to offering world class interactive online courses that provide training and learning support for the student in a number of ways during their experience. The ProTrain course structure has been developed to provide activities to guide students throughout the entire process of learning. Learning activities include hands-on assignments that allow students to use what they are learning to allow better transferable skills within their work environments; and collaborative assignments, like wikis and discussion groups that allow them to share what they have learned with others in the same course.

While a student learns, they are not alone. Each student will receive guidance and support from his or her assigned Training Assessment Manager (TAM) and Student Services Specialist (SSS) representative. In addition, we will offer live monthly webinars and feedback sessions for various subject categories. Throughout the entire course, students are monitored by the SSS representative using progress reporting from the ProTrain Registration System (PRS).

ProTrain will provide Students who successfully complete their online certification programs and pass their industry level certification exams the access to the new ProTrain Education-2-Employment Career Tracker system. The Career Tracker will allow our students who pass exams to load their own resumes at no additional cost, and letting industry employers find their talent through the same database.

Curriculum Developer Biography:

Willow Nolland is an expert in education and eLearning, with more than ten years of experience in curriculum development and instructional design. She has worked in higher education for over twelve years, and has developed numerous courses and has been involved in curriculum development across disciplines. She has experience with academic program development and coordination, curriculum development, student learning outcomes, educational partnerships, and student development. In addition, she has developed and administered professional development programs for various groups, including teachers, counselors, healthcare workers and members of private industry. She is a certified Quality Matters Reviewer and has taken graduate courses in online course development. She designs and teaches online courses at the college level and is proficient in a variety of course management systems. She has helped educators redesign their courses to transition them from a face-to-face format to an online format, and has provided course editing assistance to others. As a freelance instructional designer and curriculum developer, her projects have included course editing and redesign of online continuing education courses for nurses, CEU curriculum development for healthcare workers and teachers, and course review and editing for various colleges and universities.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Overview of the Pharmacy and the Role of the Pharmacy Technician

In this lesson, you will learn about the pharmacy and the role of the pharmacy technician. You will learn about the laws, regulations, and standards governing pharmacies and the legal obligations of pharmacy technicians.  You will also learn the basic concepts of pharmacology, including drugs and their sources, the national drug code, and the regulation of drugs. Finally, you will learn about the role of the pharmacy technician as part of the pharmacy team, as well as the importance of communication in the pharmacy. Upon completion of this lesson, you will have a thorough understanding of the pharmacy and the role of the pharmacy technician.

Lesson 2: Pharmacy Math, Dosage Calculations, and Drug References

In this lesson, you will learn about pharmacy math and dosage calculations.  You will receive a basic math review to ensure you are prepared for pharmacy calculations.  Then, you will learn about dosage forms, routes of administration, and dispensing medications. You will also learn about pharmaceutical measurements and calculations. In the second section, you will learn about the different types of drugs and the drug references associated with them. Upon completion of this lesson, you will be fully prepared to perform basic math and dosage calculations as part of a pharmaceutical team.

Lesson 3: Pharmacy Practice Settings

In this lesson, you will learn about the various pharmacy practice settings. You will receive an overview of the community pharmacy and the specific activities that occur in a community pharmacy, including the business practices in the community pharmacy. From there, you will learn about the institutional pharmacy and how it differs from the community pharmacy. The lesson will provide an overview of the institutional pharmacy and describe the structure, services and personnel that comprise an institutional pharmacy. You will also learn about the specific techniques and procedures that are part of an institutional pharmacy.

Lesson 4: Compounding

In this lesson, you will learn about compounding. You will learn the rules and standards that apply to compounding, and you will also learn the techniques and procedures for compounding. Upon completion of this lesson, you will understand how to properly perform the procedures associated with compounding and you will be prepared to apply this knowledge to a pharmacy setting.

Lesson 5: Pharmacy Management and Medication Safety

In this lesson, you will learn about pharmacy management practices and basic medication safety.  You will learn the skills necessary to properly manage a pharmacy, including inventory, billing, insurance, and ordering.  You will also learn proper drug storage procedures.  In the second section, you will learn about medication safety and error prevention, including the various medication errors and their causes, reporting strategies, and error tracking.

Lesson 6: Therapeutic Agents: Nervous - Cardiovascular System

In this lesson, you will learn about the therapeutic agents that are used with the following body systems: Nervous, Endocrine, Musculoskeletal, and Cardiovascular. In each section, you will learn about the body system and the conditions associated with it. You will also learn about the drugs used to treat conditions in each body system.

Lesson 7: Therapeutic Agents: Respiratory - Reproductive System

In this lesson, you will learn about the therapeutic agents that are used with the following body systems: Respiratory, Gastrointestinal, Renal, and Reproductive. In each section, you will learn about the body system and the conditions associated with it. You will also learn about the drugs used to treat conditions in each body system.

Lesson 8: Therapeutic Agents: Immune - Hematological System

In this lesson, you will learn about the therapeutic agents that are used with the following body systems: Immune, Eyes/Ears/Nose/Throat, Dermatological, and Hematological. In each section, you will learn about the body system and the conditions associated with it. You will also learn about the drugs used to treat conditions in each body system.

Lesson 9: Over-the-Counter and Complementary Medicine

In this lesson, you will learn about over-the-counter and complementary medications.  You will learn about the different types of medication and the conditions they treat.  You will also learn how to manage and distribute these medications.

All necessary materials are included.

Certification(s):

This course prepares a student to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) certification exam.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**