Drury GO Pharmacy Technician PEP Program

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Take the first step to a rewarding career. Drury GO’s Professional Enrichment Programs are non-degree programs designed to provide you with practical training to gain employment in a variety of fields. Although these programs do not grant academic credit, they may qualify you to sit for credentialing exams in your chosen field.

The need for pharmacy technicians continues to grow. Demand is expected to increase by 12% by 2026. Technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings.

  • Tuition prices include textbooks, the optional externship, and the certification exam fees.
  • Student tuition: $3,000
  • Clinical externship: 80 hours
  • Coursework is completed 100% online within a 6-month completion window.

Program Details

This program will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to pursue certification including the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam. This course covers the following key areas and topics:

  • Pharmacy calculations
  • Medical terminology specific to the pharmacy
  • Skills to read and interpret prescriptions
  • Review of the top 200 drugs
  • Skills to identify drugs by generic and brand names
  • Dosage calculations, IV flow rates, drug compounding and dose conversions
  • Dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement

Education and Certification

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED
  • The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s exam is the national certification exam. Numerous
    states now require PTCB certification to work as a pharmacy technician
  • This program includes a clinical externship through a local pharmacy
  • Students must be 18 years or older in order to sit for certification exams or participate in externships
  • Certain national and state pharmacy technician certification exams also are available

Course Topics

  • The history of pharmacy and health care
  • Pharmacy technician role and responsibilities
  • Pharmacy technician certification and registration process
  • Types of pharmacies including the hospital pharmacy, retail practice, long-term care practice, mail order pharmacy, home care pharmacies and others
  • Drug regulation and control
  • Pharmaceutical terminology and related anatomy
  • Parts of the prescription and labeling
  • Pharmacy calculations and math review
  • Pharmacy measures and abbreviations
  • Routes and formulations
  • Parenterals and compounding
  • Basic biopharmaceutics
  • Aseptic technique and the handling of sterile products
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition
  • Basics of IV solutions and calculating 24-hour supply of IV solutions
  • Factors affecting drug activity
  • Information and pharmacy resources
  • Inventory management and financial issues
  • Brand names and generic drugs
  • Drug names and drug classes