Is Online Right for Me?
- Have you ever taken any online classes before, and if so what was the final outcome?
- Do you have a computer and internet access?
- Are you comfortable using a computer?
- Do you know how to receive and send emails?
- Are you self-motivated?
- Can you communicate your ideas well in writing?
- Can you dedicate at least 10 hours per week to the program?
If you answered yes to the previous questions, you may be a great fit for our online program.
Convenient & Self-Paced
Our Online Pharmacy Technician Classes is for distance learning conveniently on the Internet, and uses the same curriculum and context as the classroom setting. The course is divided into three sections (The Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacology, and Pharmacy Calculations), and they consist of lecture presentations, notes, an online chat forum, examination assessments, and a final with automated grading, yet personal feedback from your instructor. Students have up to six months to access and complete the online program. This option is perfect for a busy lifestyle, and can accommodate anyone’s schedule since you work, when, and where you want!
Get started for only $97/mo.
Pharmacology for Technicians
- Generic and brand names for top 200 drugs
- Therapeutic equivalence
- Drug interaction
- Strengths/dose, dosage forms, physical appearance, routes of administration, and duration of drug therapy
- Dosage and indication of legend, OTC medications, herbal and dietary supplements
Pharmacy Law and Regulation
- Storage, handling, and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes (e.g., MSDS)
- Hazardous substances exposure, prevention and treatment (e.g., eyewash, spill kit, MSDS)
- Controlled substance transfer regulations (DEA)
- Controlled substance documentation requirements for receiving, ordering, returning, loss/theft, destruction (DEA)
- Formula to verify the validity of a prescriber’s DEA number (DEA)
- Record keeping, documentation, and record retention (e.g., length of time prescriptions are maintained on file)
- Restricted drug programs and related prescription-processing requirements (e.g., thalidomide, isotretinoin, clozapine
- Professional standards related to data integrity, security, and confidentiality (e.g., HIPAA, backing up and archiving)
- Requirement for consultation (e.g., OBRA’90)
- FDA’s recall classification
- Infection control standards (e.g., laminar air flow, clean room, hand washing, cleaning counting trays, countertops and equipment)
- Record keeping for repackaged and recalled products and supplies (TJC, BOP)
- Professional standards regarding the roles and responsibilities of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other pharmacy employees
- Reconciliation between state and federal laws and regulations
- Facility, equipment, and supply requirement n-Sterile
Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding
- Infection control (e.g., hand washing, PPE)
- Handling and disposal requirements (e.g., receptacles, waste streams)
- Documentation (e.g., batch preparation, compounding record)
- Determine product stability (e.g., beyond use dating, signs of incompatibility)
- Selection and use of equipment and supplies
- Non-sterile compounding processes
- Error prevention strategies for data entry (e.g., prescription or medication order to correct patient)
- Patient package insert and medication guide requirements (e.g., special directions and precautions)
- Identify issues that require pharmacist intervention
- Look-alike/sound-alike medications
- High-alert/risk medications
- Common safety strategies (e.g., tall man lettering, separating inventory, leading and trailing zeros, limit use of error prone abbreviations)
Pharmacy Quality Assurance
- Quality assurance practices for medication and inventory control systems (e.g., matching National Drug Code (NDC) number, bar code, data entry)
- Infection control procedures and documentation (e.g., personal protective equipment [PPE], needle recapping)
- Risk management guidelines and regulations (e.g., error prevention strategies)
- Communication channels necessary to ensure appropriate follow-up and problem resolution (e.g., product recalls, shortages)
- Productivity, efficiency, and customer satisfaction measures
Medication Order Entry and Fill Process
- Order entry process
- Intake, interpretation, and data entry
- Calculate doses required
- Fill process
- Labeling requirements (e.g., auxiliary and warning labels, expiration date, patient specific information
- Packaging requirements (e.g., type of bags, syringes, glass, pvc, child resistant, light resistant)
- Dispensing process (e.g., validation, documentation and distribution)
Pharmacy Inventory Management
- Function and application of NDC, lot numbers and expiration dates
- Formulary or approved/preferred product list
- Ordering and receiving processes (e.g., maintain par levels, rotate stock)
- Storage requirements (e.g., refrigeration, freezer, warmer)
- Removal (e.g., recalls, returns, outdates, reverse distribution)
Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement
- Reimbursement policies and plans (e.g., HMOs, PPO, CMS, private plans)
- Third party resolution (e.g., prior authorization, rejected claims, plan limitations)
- Third-party reimbursement systems (e.g., PBM, medication assistance programs, coupons, and self-pay)
- Healthcare reimbursement systems (e.g., home health, long-term care, home infusion)
- Coordination of benefits
Pharmacy Information System Usage and Application
- Pharmacy-related computer applications for documenting the dispensing of prescriptions or medication orders (e.g., maintaining the electronic medical record, patient adherence, risk factors, alcohol drug use, drug allergies, side effects)
- Databases, pharmacy computer applications, and documentation management (e.g., user access, drug database, interface, inventory report, usage reports, override reports, diversion reports)