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Welcome to our Pharmacy Technician Training program at MedNoc Training College. MTC is Oklahoma’s Premier Pharmacy Technician school. Our Pharmacy Technician program is 130 hours course. The Pharmacy Technician program is composed of 90 hours of classwork, lab skills and 40 hours of clinical learning in a local Retail Pharmacy.
To accommodate the needs of our students wanting to become Pharmacy Technicians, our classes are offered in three different schedules as follows students are encouraged to enroll in the schedule of their choice:
- Daytime Pharmacy Technician classes. This is a 1 month class
- Evening Pharmacy Technician classes. This is a 7 weeks class
- Weekends Pharmacy Technician classes. This is a 6 weekend class done Saturday and Sunday.
Pharmacy Technician Students will learn the fundamentals of pharmaceutical dispensing and are prepared to take the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) certification exam delivered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Program topics include dosage forms, routes of administration, measurements and calculations, infection control, medication safety, prescription reading, and pharmacology. This Pharmacy Technician course teaches knowledge, and the skill development required to gain employment as a nationally certified pharmacy technician. This course will teach you on how to work under the supervision of a pharmacist in a pharmacy to do the following responsibilities:
- Receive prescription requests from patients and doctors’ offices
- Accurately measure medication amounts
- Package and label prescriptions
- Establish and maintain patient records
- Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims Manage inventory
MTC has partnered with National Healthcareer Association (NHA), and Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) to offer National Examination certification exam. Students must successfully complete MedNoc Pharmacy Tech Training program with a passing grade before they are allowed to take the National Board Exam. All course work and hours must be completed prior to the student being allowed to take the National Board Examination.
- Fill out an Application form
- Minimum of High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or higher
- 8th grade basic math
- 8th grade basic reading and comprehension
- Minimum age: 18 Years
- BLS/CPR card. (We offer BLS training at MedNoc Training College therefore you can enroll for BLS while still enrolled in this program at our school.)
- Drug screening test.
- OSBI Criminal background check.
- Payment of the Cost of this Training.
- National Certification Testing fees.
- Affidavit of Legal presence status documentation.
- Physical and mental capability to safely perform Pharmacy Technician duties.
- TB screening is required before you go out for clinical. In addition immunization records may also be required. This will be communicated within the first two days of class.
After successfully completing your Pharmacy Technician Training, you will be eligible to take the national examination through either to become a licensed Pharmacy Technician through either Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or National Healthcareer Association (NHA) by passing ExCPT exam. Our Pharmacy Technician program is designed to prepare you well enough to pass your state and national examinations as well as equip you with enough skills to meet the demands of your Pharmacy Technician job. Our Pharmacy Tech instructors will also help you to better understand the Pharmacy Technician certification process through PTCB or NHA.
Pharmacy Technician classes are offered in our Oklahoma City compass. Our classes are equipped with modern technology including computes to help our students obtain quality learning. Our Laboratory is also well equipped with all modern resources needed to meet the quality training that we our Pharmacy Technician students needs.
Our Pharmacy Technician program is approved by both Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and National Healthcareer Association (NHA) to train and prepare Pharmacy tech students for Pharmacy Technician National Certification examinations Board and certification.
Our Pharmacy Technician Program will cover the following Objectives:
SECTION ONE: GENERAL PHARMACY
- History of Medicine and Pharmacy
- Pharmacy Federal Laws and Regulations
- Pharmacy Ethics, Competencies, Associations, and Settings for Technicians
- Conversions and Calculations Used by Pharmacy Technicians
- Dosage Forms, Abbreviations, Routes of Administration, Drug Abbreviations, and Medical Terminology
- Drug Information References
- Prescription Processing
- Over-the-Counter Medications
- Complementary Alternative Medicine
- Hospital Pharmacy
- Repackaging and Compounding
- Aseptic Technique
- Pharmacy Stock and Billing
- Medication Safety and Error Prevention
SECTION TWO: BODY SYSTEMS
- Endocrine System
- Nervous System
- Respiratory System
- Visual and Auditory Systems
- The Integumentary System
- Gastrointestinal System
- Urinary System
- Cardiovascular System
- Reproductive System
SECTION THREE: CLASSIFICATION OF DRUGS
- Antiinflammatories and Antihistamines
- Vitamins and Minerals
- Oncology Agents
SECTION FOUR: BASIC SCIENCES FOR THE PHARMACY TECHNICIAN
Post Pharmacy Technician Program Objectives
After completing the Pharmacy Technician program, students will be able to:
Outline the typical responsibilities of a pharmacy technician and describe the personal and professional ethics required for success in this profession
Describe the roles and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician and the pharmacist, explain the differences between these two roles, and outline the regulations imposed on both by state and federal law
Demonstrate the standard techniques and procedures required of pharmacy technicians for pharmacy operations, including aseptic operations, medication transcriptions, metric/apothecary conversions, drug dispensation, record keeping, and patient profiling
List and explain all major classifications of drugs and understand their indications, therapeutic effects, side effects, dosing recommendations, routes of administration, and mechanisms of action
Interact with pharmacists, customers, and business associates, displaying professional skills, appearance, and ethics in a work-experience setting.
Pharmacy Technician Job Description and Responsibilities
- Receiving prescriptions and checking their validity
- Processing prescriptions electronically and ensuring all information is complete and accurate
- Selecting the appropriate medicine and measuring dosages to fill prescriptions
We are looking for a dependable Pharmacy Technician that will process and fill prescriptions. You will also undertake other tasks under the direction of a pharmacist to provide excellent customer service and ensure the pharmacy runs smoothly.
As a pharmacy technician you must be detail-oriented and reliable since the job has high responsibility. You must possess excellent communication skills as well as aptitude in using computers.
- Sterilize surfaces and equipment and prepare the pharmacy for opening
- Greet customers and answer questions
- Receive prescriptions and check their validity
- Process prescriptions electronically and ensure all information is complete and accurate
- Resolve issues when they arise (e.g. rejected insurance claims)
- Select the appropriate medicine and measure dosages to fill prescriptions
- Sort, stock, label medication and monitor inventory
- Undertake administrative tasks (e.g.record-keeping) as assigned
- Comply with all security measures and quality standards
- Proven experience as pharmacy technician
- Experience with an online prescription system is a plus
- Knowledge of medication and dosage measurement
- Knowledge of pharmacy law and medical terminology
- Excellent communication and customer service skills
- Outstanding organizational skills
- Reliable with a keen eye for detail
- Successful completion of a pharmacy technician program
- Certified Pharmacy technician is an asset
Where Do Pharmacy Technicians Work?
In today’s market place, pharmacy technicians can choose from a variety of work environments. Some work closely with patients, while others never see their patients. The choices available to pharmacy technicians allow them to choose their working hours. Some have set schedules, while others may be very flexible. Regardless of the type of pharmacy, all pharmacy technicians must work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
About 70% of pharmacy technicians work in retail pharmacies. These can be national chain stores such as Walgreens, CVS, or Rite Aid. Retail pharmacies are also found in mass merchandisers such as Wal-Mart and Target or in grocery stores such as Publix or Kroger.
These locations usually offer the pharmacy technician flexible hours and work days. Many are open on weekends and some are open 24 hours. The day shift is often very fast paced, but the graveyard shift is usually very slow. Schedules may vary from week to week. In most cases, the technician’s weekly schedule will have a combination of day, night and weekend shifts. There is usually a rotation schedule allowing each pharmacy technician to have at least one weekend off each month.
In a retail location, pharmacy technicians spend most of their time processing prescriptions. They are also expected to do inventory, administrative, and cleaning tasks. From time to time, they may even be asked to work in other areas of the store. Most retail pharmacies offer benefits such as insurance, paid vacation, and employer sponsored investment funds.
Compounding Pharmacies are usually smaller, independently owned pharmacies that offer compound prescriptions, although some larger retail locations offer compounding services. A compounding pharmacy is one with the ability to create custom prescriptions. Pharmacy technicians working in a compounding pharmacy is usually required to be certified, and some may be expected to have specialized certification for compounding medications. They need to understand compounding techniques and have good math skills. There are only a few compounding pharmacies in any geographical region, so pharmacy technicians who have the required skills for these jobs are paid higher wages than general pharmacy technicians. Aside from the compounding aspect, these pharmacies operate as any other retail pharmacy.
Most hospitals prefer certified pharmacy technicians. Teaching hospitals may offer training programs which prepare technicians for certification. In a hospital setting pharmacy technicians spend most of their time preparing prescriptions. The difference between a hospital pharmacy tech and one in a retail pharmacy is that the hospital pharmacy technician will prepare prescribed medications in single doses. They may also fill syringes or prepare IV solutions. They prepare medications for short and long-term patients, emergency room patients, and solutions needed in testing.
A pharmacy technician can expect to earn a higher salary in a hospital. They also enjoy good medical benefits and paid vacations. Hospitals need pharmacy technicians on duty 24 hours a day. Schedules are usually routine, with part-time pharmacy technicians working weekend shifts.
Nursing Homes / Assisted Living / Mental Health
Nursing home, assisted living and mental health facility pharmacy technicians work much like hospital technicians. Prescriptions are filled in a per-dose manner. These facilities don’t have emergency departments and don’t run tests or x-rays, so filling prescriptions for clients can become very routine. They usually start the day by filling medications that need to be taken before or after breakfast. After that, they prepare medications which are taken later in the day. When the day’s regiment is filled, they are stored in areas accessible to the nurses. Depending on the size of the facility, this can be a full-time job, or in smaller nursing homes, it may be part-time. Patients must have their medications on weekends and holidays, so they need pharmacy technicians every day of the year.
Mail-order pharmacies are becoming more and more common as insurance companies encourage clients to use them. These pharmacies process a very high volume of prescriptions on any given day. The most commonly prescribed medications such as pain killers, heart and cholesterol medications, and blood thinners are dispensed by machines. Pharmacy technicians in mail-order pharmacies must know how to run dispensing machines. This means learning the computer programs used to operate the machine, filling the machine with medications, and general maintenance such as fixing jams or re-loading label paper. Mail-order pharmacies operate much like factories. Almost everything is automated and the role of the pharmacy technician is to over-see the machinery.
Some pharmacy technicians in a mail-order pharmacy spend their day working at a computer. These technicians input prescription information from faxes, mailed-in prescriptions or phone prescriptions. They also process refill requests which may come in via phone or internet. Other pharmacy technicians in a mail-order setting work as insurance specialists.
These pharmacies deal mostly with medications which are used long-term. Because the prescription has to be processed and then mailed to the patient, they cannot process prescriptions which the patient needs to take right after seeing their doctor. The number of prescriptions which are filled by hand is generally low.
Eligibility for Pharmacy Technician National Exam
To achieve PTCB Certification, candidates must satisfy the following eligibility requirements:
- Completion of Pharmacy Technician Training pr0gram
- High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)*.
- Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions.
- Completion of Pharmacy Technician Training program
- High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)
- Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions.
Examples of acceptable documentation include but are not limited to the following:
- Copy of High School Diploma
- Copy of High School Transcript with graduation date
- Letter from a school official on letterhead indicating school and graduation date
- GED Diploma/Results
- Foreign Diploma (Education Evaluation required, visit NACES for more information)
Pharmacy Technician Training Fees
|Tuition, useable materials, books, study materials, folders and files, name badge:||$1,260.00|
|National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, and Clinical Skills:||$ 150.00||Laboratory fees||$ 50.00||OSBI Background Check||$ 20.00||TB Skin Screen Test||$ 20.00||Drug Test||$ 50.00||Oklahoma Pharmacy Tech Permit||$40.00||Total Cost:||$1,590.00|
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