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Online Pharmacy Technician Training

Order OnlineDid you know that pharmacy technicians are in demand? In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), pharmacy technician employment is expected to grow by 9% through 2024. And with the healthcare industry exploding, an aging population and a growing reliance on prescribed medications, becoming a pharmacy technician is a solid career choice.


Allied’s self-paced, online pharmacy technician programs will prepare you to secure your place in this growing industry. Your journey begins with an engaging curriculum that helps you develop a strong foundation of vital pharmacy technician knowledge. Next, comprehensive exam preparation means you can sit for your certification exam with confidence. And finally, put your new skills to work with a valuable externship experience. It’s the well-rounded education you need to launch the health care career you’ve always wanted.

Interest-Free Payment Plans

Select from a range of payment plan options to put your pharmacy technician career training program within reach. Get started with an affordable down payment followed by monthly payments. These no-interest payment plans are an ideal way to make your pharmacy technician training more affordable and get you on your way to a new career! Call to learn more today!

Pass or Don’t Pay PTCB Exam Promise

Upon successfully completing Allied’s Pharmacy Technician Professional Program, you can sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam to earn your Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) credential. In fact, we are so confident in the quality of our curriculum, that if you don’t pass the PTCB exam the first time, we will refund your exam fee. Restrictions apply. Call today to learn more.

Pharmacy Technician Externship*

Allied may be able to arrange a valuable externship experience for you. The externship will allow you to implement your newly developed skills under direct supervision in an actual work environment. You will also develop a resume, cover letter and follow-up or thank-you note for potential employers, and learn to negotiate employment as a pharmacy technician.

Externship participants must adhere to a specific schedule as designated by the Externship Coordinator and by the Site Preceptor. The Externship Coordinator will attempt to make scheduling accommodations; however, participants are expected to be available for a minimum of 20-hours per week and a maximum of 40-hours per week. The length of the Externship is dependent on the program of study and the State regulations and guidelines (if applicable). ABS’s externship program may or may not meet the requirements of a participant’s state. Participants are highly encouraged to check their own state’s regulations to ensure compliance. All externship opportunities are unpaid rotations.

Note: NY, ME, MN and TN students will enroll in Professional Development courses in lieu of an Externship. Please call for more details.
*Service available for program graduates

When you enroll in Allied’s Professional Pharmacy Technician Program, you automatically become eligible to participate in our complimentary externship program. Prospective externs must:

  • Successfully complete an Allied Pharmacy Technician Program
  • Show proof of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) credential
  • Obtain state license, registration, and/or background check where applicable

Live Support

With your pharmacy technician training, you have access to one-on-one student support through email, phone and fax during regular business hours. You are not alone in your education. If you have any questions, we are available to assist you every step of the way.

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Allied’s Pharmacy Technicians Online Training is offered in the following states:
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Washington, D.C
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming

 

*Special Note: Call Allied to confirm externship program availability in your state
*Service available for program graduates

 

Pharmacy Technician Training Program

Allied’s self-paced, online pharmacy training professional programs offer comprehensive insight into the concepts, calculations and procedures you need to know to start your new career.

Your education will include:

  • Pharmaceutical terminology and prescriptions
  • Calculations, routes and formulations
  • Basic biopharmaceutics and factors affecting drug activity
  • Inventory management, financial issues and community and hospital pharmacies 
  • Counting medications
  • Preparing prescription labels and containers
  • Establishing and maintaining patient files
  • Preparing insurance forms
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • And More

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Pharmacy Technician Professional Program
(120 Hours)

Note: The Pharmacy Technician Professional Program is composed of two individual courses, exam prep and hands-on externship as described below.


Allied’s self-paced, online pharmacy technician professional program will prepare you with the knowledge you need to start your new health care career. Upon successful completion, you can sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam and apply to Allied’s pharmacy technician externship program (upon successfully passing the PTCB exam).

Program Includes:

• Pharmacy Technician Course
• Pharmacy Calculations Course
• Comprehensive PTCB Exam Prep
• PTCB Exam Pass or Don’t Pay Promise
• Pharmacy Technician Externship* (available upon course completion and passing the PTCB exam)
• Live Support

Pharmacy Technician Course

Course Details

Textbook: Mosby’s Pharmacy Technician Principles and Practice

12 required units - each unit includes overview, objectives and assignments with multiple-choice exam

Online final exam - 90 multiple-choice questions; non-proctored; 4-hour time limit

Course Overview

This course will provide students with the necessary foundational knowledge base in order to become proficient in the tasks required to succeed as a pharmacy technician. Students will have an opportunity to enhance and expand both their personal/interpersonal and professional knowledge and skills. This course will introduce students to pharmacy law and regulations, pharmacology, and the duties and responsibilities required of a pharmacy technician. Students will also learn to utilize critical thinking, recognize quality, and specify how to demonstrate good communication in a pharmacy environment. The goal of this course is to prepare students to accurately perform as a pharmacy technician, utilizing the learned expertise required in the workplace. Students will learn to perform with the skill and confidence necessary to excel in the range of responsibilities assumed as pharmacy technicians. These responsibilities include performing pharmaceutical calculations; processing, filling, and handling medications and medication orders; sterile and nonsterile compounding; patient and medication safety; procurement, billing, reimbursement and inventory management; and, pharmacy information system use and application.

Course Objectives

  1. Recall the history of medicine and pharmacy, and identify pharmacy laws, ethics, and regulatory agencies
  2. Recognize technician fundamentals and identify the related technician competencies, associations, and settings, in addition to communication and the technician’s role with the customer/patient
  3. Identify drug classifications, dosage forms, routes of administration, and drug information references
  4. Indicate how to perform conversions and calculations used in pharmacy settings
  5. Distinguish between community, institutional, and additional pharmacy practice settings, and specify the related pharmacy technician duties in those settings
  6. Recall the differences between sterile and non-sterile compounding, and indicate how to perform bulk repackaging and aseptic technique
  7. Specify the process of pharmacy billing, inventory management, medication safety, and error prevention
  8. Distinguish between body systems, the anatomic components comprising them, and their associated conditions and related primary symptoms
  9. Distinguish between over-the-counter (OTC), generic, and trade drugs used as therapeutic agents for associated body system conditions, and recall the related side effects and appropriate auxiliary labels for those drugs
  10. Recognize various types of wellness alternatives including OTC medications and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
  11. Identify pharmaceutical terminology definitions and abbreviations

Pharmacy Calculations Course

Course Details

Textbook: Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians

15 required units - each unit includes overview, objectives and assignments with textbook reading, pretests, practice problems and post-tests, lecture notes and multiple-choice unit exam

Online final exam - 75 multiple-choice questions; non-proctored; 2.5-hour time limit

Course Overview

Pharmacy Calculations will provide students with an opportunity to master the mathematical calculations necessary for a pharmacy technician to deliver medications safely. As math is the central part of pharmaceutical care, understanding the knowledge of these concepts is critical to students’ success. The textbook will provide students with the knowledge to perform calculations for dispensing and administering medications in both ambulatory care and inpatient arenas, as well as basic accounting procedures used in retail and hospital pharmacy. The textbook includes calculation instructions and examples, assessments, and many practice problems to provide students with the essential calculation information that a pharmacy technician is responsible for mast.

Course Objectives

  1. Recall how to perform basic and business math skills
  2. Compute calculations and conversions for health care measurement systems
  3. Calculate solutions for medication and prescription orders
  4. Compute special medication calculations

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Pharmacy Technician Professional Program with Pharmacology (150 Hours)

Note: The Pharmacy Technician Professional Program with Pharmacology is composed of three individual courses, exam prep and hands-on externship as described below.

In addition to the pharmacy technician and calculations courses mentioned above, Allied’s Pharmacy Technician Professional Program with Pharmacology includes a valuable pharmacology course. The pharmacology course provides a more in-depth study of medications and how they affect body, with a special emphasis on children, pregnant/nursing women, substance abuse and the aging patient population.

Developing a knowledge base in pharmacology will not only serve you well throughout your career, but can also provide an edge that helps you stand out among the competition when seeking employment. Online and self-paced, this program will prepare you to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam and qualifies you for Allied’s pharmacy technician externship program (upon successfully passing the PTCB exam).

Program Includes:

• Pharmacy Technician Course
• Pharmacy Calculations Course
• Pharmacology Course
• Comprehensive PTCB Exam Prep
• PTCB Exam Pass or Don’t Pay Promise
• Pharmacy Technician Externship* (available upon course completion and passing the PTCB exam)
• Live Support

Pharmacology Course

Course Details

Textbook: Introduction to Pharmacology

9 required lessons - each lesson includes overview, objectives and assignments with multiple-choice online quiz

Online final exam - 75 multiple-choice questions; non-proctored; 2-hour time limit

Course Overview

This course is a comprehensive 30-hour pharmacology review. The course introduces the student to basic pharmacology principles, in addition to monographs on the common drugs and prescriptions. Students will learn to differentiate among drug classifications, terminology, spelling conventions, and pronunciations, as well as receive a thorough review of mathematics and dosage calculations. Clinical implications and contraindications are reviewed for each body system. Special considerations are also discussed in detail for children, pregnant and nursing women, the aging patient population, end-of-life care, substance abuse, herbal drug interactions, and other drug interactions.

Course Objectives

  1. Compute and identify basic pharmaceutical math problems and concepts
  2. Distinguish between general pharmacology terminology, pharmaceutical preparations, drug legislation and standards, drug dosage, and administration of medications
  3. Identify the characteristics and functions of vitamins and minerals, antibiotics and their associated side effects, and antihistamines
  4. Recall the functions of the skin and mucous membranes and the agents used to treat diseases and conditions of the skin and mucous membranes
  5. Differentiate between the functions of the respiratory system and the circulatory system and the drugs used to treat disorders of those systems
  6. Distinguish between the drugs and conditions associated with the central and autonomic nervous systems, pain medications, tranquilizers and antidepressants, and prostaglandins and prostaglandin inhibitors
  7. Identify the conditions and drugs used to treat disorders of the digestive system, endocrine glands and hormones, and the urinary system
  8. Identify the drugs and methods used for immunizing agents and immunosuppressives, antineoplastic drugs, and molecular and targeted therapies
  9. Differentiate among the special considerations regarding drug therapy used in the treatment of women, older adults, and children
  10. Recall the considerations and medications used in home health care and instances of substance abuse
  11. Identify herbal therapies and all of the various types of drug interactions and drug toxicity reactions that may occur with both herbal and non-herbal medications

*Externship participants must adhere to a specific schedule as designated by the Externship Coordinator and by the Site Preceptor. The Externship Coordinator will attempt to make scheduling accommodations; however, participants are expected to be available for a minimum of 20-hours per week and a maximum of 40-hours per week. The length of the Externship is dependent on the program of study and the State regulations and guidelines (if applicable). ABS’s externship program may or may not meet the requirements of a participant’s state. Participants are highly encouraged to check their own state’s regulations to ensure compliance. All externship opportunities are unpaid rotations.

Call (888) 501-7686 to learn more about Allied’s pharmacy technician online training!

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Your Career as a Pharmacy Technician

Order OnlineAs a pharmacy technician, you will assist licensed pharmacists with a variety of important tasks. In addition to filling patient prescriptions with the proper dosages, you’ll also perform front office duties like greeting patients, answering questions and more. It’s an ideal career for an individual who enjoys helping others.

Other Pharmacy Technician Duties May Include:

• Counting medications
• Retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure and mix medications
• Prepare prescription labels and container selection
• Establish and maintain patient files
• Prepare insurance forms
• Inventory prescription and over-the-counter medications

Pharmacy Technician Career Outlook

• Pharmacy technician employment is expected to grow by 9% through 2024 (source: BLS)
• Full or Part-Time employment
• With further education and training, pharmacy technicians can become pharmacists
• Employment can be found in retail, medical facilities, & physician offices

Opportunities for Career Advancement

Order Online Pharmacy technicians working with large organizations may have the opportunity to advance to supervisory positions, mentor or train other pharmacy technicians or enter into a specialty field such as chemo therapy, or nuclear medicine. A pharmacy technician career can also provide an entry into the world of pharmaceutical sales. Those who wish to complete their education can become a licensed pharmacist with additional formal training.

Pharmacy Technician Employment

Pharmacy technicians can find employment in retail and medical facilities, in mail order and internet pharmacies, with pharmaceutical wholesalers, physician offices or with the federal government.

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