Pharmacy Technician Specialist
The Pharmacy Technician Specialist program is designed to equip the student with the skills necessary to prepare and dispense prescription medications and provide excellent support in a pharmacy environment and achieve a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) certification. The registration cost to sit for this exam one time is covered by MedCerts.
Graduates of the Pharmacy Technician Specialist program are eligible to participate in a 6-Week Externship Experience at a Walgreens Pharmacy of their choice. The externship is the capstone of the learning experience, allowing them to apply what they have learned in a real world environment. Depending on location and availability, externship opportunities also exist at select CVS Pharmacy locations.
WE ARE AN ASHP CANDIDATE SCHOOL
ASHP programs are the gold standard by which State boards of pharmacy measure Pharmacy Tech standards. MedCerts is a candidate for ASHP accreditation.
Your participation and ultimate completion of the MedCerts Pharmacy Technician program qualifies you for enrollment in an ASHP-approved extension program that will provide you with an elevated diploma and better job opportunities.
- 24/7 Access to curriculum, including video content, and all course/program supplements and resources for independent study
- Live one-on-one online mentoring support is available Monday-Thursday (8:30am-8:00pm ET), Friday (8:30am-6pm ET) for subject matter inquiries
- Expert-led video-based training is the primary method of learning, with secondary methods that include courseware (text/workbooks), software demos, quizzes and final exams, and more
- MedCerts programs are self-paced, with a suggested minimum number of chapters per week defined for each student
- Welcome Package that contains access to online textbooks and workbooks, course schedules, login credentials, and may include FlashCards, Quick Reference Study Sheets, and/or textbooks that have been authored and published by MedCerts
- Training delivered on a cutting edge Learning Management System (LMS)
- All students receive a personalized one-on-one New Student Orientation prior to beginning their program
- Access to all training material is provided for a full 12 months, for exam preparation, regardless of the duration of the program
- MedCerts Student Support Coordinators are highly skilled, trained and certified, supportive professionals who truly care about each student’s success
- Communication is key! Student progress is monitored on a DAILY BASIS. Personalized assistance is provided by Student Services as needed to help keep them on track
- MedCerts provides Exam Preparation Guides to students upon completion of their program
- Upon completion, students may participate in a one-on-one Exam Preparation Session with a subject matter specialist to prepare for their National Certification Exam(s)
- Our dedicated Certification Exam Coordinator can help each student locate an exam test site and assist with the registration process from start to finish
- HI-1014 Human Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology:
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the language of medicine, through the study of prefixes, suffixes, root words, abbreviation, and pronunciation of words. The curriculum also includes an overview of anatomy and physiology in order to increase the understanding of medical vocabulary. Students will examine the organization of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, hematic, lymphatic and immune, and cardiovascular systems in the human body. They will become familiar with the medical terms that relate to the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems. Students will also examine terms related to the sensory organs, with a concentration on the organs for hearing, sight, and smell. This course will prepare students to better understand spoken and written interactions in all medical environments.
- HI-1017 Pharmacy Technician Principles and Practices:
This Pharmacy Technician course is designed to educate and train the student in the diverse field of Pharmacy Technology. The student will be provided didactic coursework in the areas of prescription processing, pharmacy nomenclature, biopharmaceutics and drug activity, dosage calculations, and common mathematical formulas and conversions. Consideration of drug routes and formulations includes tablets and capsules, liquid prescriptions, parenteral and enteral, and insulin and syringes. They will also learn about the advanced roles of the Pharmacy Technician, such as Medication Therapy Management, Motivational Interviewing, Comprehensive Medication Review, and Chronic Care Management. To better understand the business side of pharmacy world, students will learn about HIPAA, drug regulation and control, inventory management, financial considerations, documentation and coding, legal and ethical issues, and communication techniques. Throughout the course the student will perform realistic pharmacy simulations that duplicate tasks performed in the work environment, such as sterile and non-sterile compounding.
- Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) is a nationally recognized certification offered by the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board). The PTCE content was developed by experts in pharmacy technician practice based on a nationwide Job Analysis Study that the PTCB’s Certification Council and Board of Governors used to approve the blueprint for the current PTCE. Those who pass the exam will be recognized as a nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).
As a CPhT, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:
- Receive and process prescription requests from patients, and those sent electronically from doctors’ offices
- Accurately count, weigh, pour and mix medications
- Prepare accurate prescription labels
- Prepare and Process insurance claim forms and manage inventory
- Establish and maintain patient profiles as well as computerized patient records
Licensed pharmacies depend on skilled pharmacy technicians to prepare prescription medications with accuracy and to provide good customer service. Learning these professional skills and passing the national certification exam qualifies graduates for entry-level pharmacy technician jobs in a variety of healthcare settings.
Currently, each State regulates Pharmacy Technicians by their own standards as defined by each State Board of Pharmacy. There may be requirements from your State’s Board of Pharmacy that could include, but may not be limited to, registration and accompanying fee, criminal background checks, drug testing, etc. For up-to-date information from your state, please visit http://www.nabp.net/boards-of-pharmacy and then click your State to be redirected to its State Board of Pharmacy website.
Attainable Healthcare Positions
For additional information related to current salary/wage data, job outlook, and other occupation information related to Pharmacy Technicians, please visit: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2052.00
- Pharmacy Technician
- Pharmacy Aide
- Pharmacy Assistant
- Check or Charge
- Education Loans available for everyone
- WIOA/TAA/Vocational Rehabilitation
Important information regarding State Requirements
State boards may impose a variety of different requirements. These requirements vary from state to state. Before enrolling in the MedCerts Pharmacy Technician program, you should contact the State Board of Pharmacy to obtain the requirements applicable to pharmacy technicians in your state. This is particularly important for residents of Florida, Louisiana, North Dakota, Utah, and Washington. Contact information for State Board of Pharmacy.