This training program is designed for the student to prepare for a career as a pharmacy technician and acquire their national certification or state examination under the supervision of their pharmacist or qualified instructor. The program is designed to be a cooperative effort between the student and the pharmacist/instructor and is structured with interactive exercises and competency assessments to plan for future career development.
The training can be divided into three levels of training with measures of proficiency for each.
- The initial level, Level 1, is designed to introduce the student to the initial concepts of pharmacy.
- The second level is designed to prepare the student for national certification.
- The third level is to further prepare the student for their career in pharmacy. The third level addresses information considered beyond that necessary to be minimally competent.
|Module||Course Structure||Classroom Hours|
|1||Basic Overview of the role of the Pharmacy Technician and the environment of the pharmacy||2|
|2||Prescription Processing (Basics)||4|
|4||Prescription Processing (Specifics)||4|
|8||The Dispensing Process||4|
|9||The Principles of Managed Care in the pharmacy||2|
|10||Non-dispensing Duties in the Pharmacy||2|
|11||Drug and Medical Terminology||3|
|12 & 13||Basic Anatomy & Physiology / Common Disease States||4|
|16||Unit Dose and Drug Repackaging||3|
|17 & 18||Non-Sterile Compounding / Sterile Product Compounding||3|
|19||Frequently Prescribed Medications||4|
|20||State Law Review and Discussion||4|
|21||Final review for course assessment or ICPT certification||2|
|22||Final course assessment||-|
The goal of the Pharmacy Technician Training Program is to provide knowledge and set expectations that should be possessed by pharmacy technicians to assist pharmacists in the preparation of prescriptions.
Completion of the sample test questions at the end of each chapter;
Completion of the self-assessment checklists at the end of chapter;
Instructor developed assessments
National Pharmacy Technician Training Program, 7th Edition, by Ken Schafermeyer, RPh, PhD and Brandon Williams, CPhT National Pharmacy Technician Training Program Workbook.