Health care is a booming field these days, and pharmacy technicians are in high demand. In this course, you’ll take a look at the many job settings and career paths open to you if you become a pharmacy technician. You’ll master the skills you need to get an entry-level position as a pharmacy tech or clerk.
In addition, you’ll learn about the important laws and regulations that govern pharmacies. You’ll also hone your communication skills, learning how to handle customers courteously and efficiently. And finally, you’ll explore the steps you can take to enhance your career prospects becoming a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). By the time you’re done, you’ll be prepared to start your career in this popular and rapidly-growing field.
Note: This course is designed to give you an introduction to the profession of pharmacy technician. It will not supply enough information to sit for the national exam. If your goal is to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), then upon completion of this introductory course, enrollment into the advanced course is recommended.
Learn about the many different paths that a technician can take for a successful and rewarding career in the profession of pharmacy. Then get an overview of the science called pharmacology. We’ll discuss the variety of ways drugs enter the human body, and we’ll explore how those drugs work once they get inside. You’ll also learn how drugs can cause a positive or negative effect.
Walk through the major laws that dictate how pharmacies operate. We’ll also discuss the importance of confidentiality and the penalties for violating this very important law. Then we’ll go through a typical day in both a retail pharmacy and a hospital pharmacy, identifying both their similarities and their differences to help you better learn which type of pharmacy technician you’d like to become.
Explore the meanings of the root words, prefixes, and suffixes that make up most medical terms, and practice using the smaller components to determine what the whole word means. Abbreviations are also a big part of medical terminology, so we’ll spend some time reviewing some of the more common ones used in the profession. Then venture through some of the most common antibiotics, antifungals, and antivirals, and for each category, and gain a better understanding of why the doctor prescribed it.
In this lesson, we’ll discuss some of the common drugs that doctors prescribe for high blood pressure and prevention of heart attacks. We’ll also go over respiratory drugs, including asthma medicines and a variety of cough and cold agents. And, we’ll discuss some of the drugs you might use to help with various stomach discomforts, like heartburn, diarrhea, and constipation. Then take a look at some drugs that control pain.
Discuss drugs that doctors prescribe to treat the thyroid, control diabetes, and provide birth control. We’ll also look at some common drugs that patients use for eye infections and ear infections. Then take a journey through the metric and apothecary systems of measurements as we discuss how we use math in the world of pharmacy. You’ll practice some common conversions and calculate some dosages for prescriptions. You’ll also learn how to calculate the prescription price and how to figure out how much money an insurance company will reimburse the pharmacy.
Discuss the many ways we communicate in pharmacy. We’ll talk about how to communicate with our fellow employees and other professionals, and we’ll go over all the dos and don’ts of talking with customers. And finally, we’ll explore the outlook for a career as a pharmacy technician.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
- This course is designed to give you an introduction to the profession of pharmacy technician. It will not supply enough information to sit for the national exam. If your goal is to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), then upon completion of this introductory course, enrollment into the advanced course is recommended.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.