As part of Ashworth College's Pharmacy Technician training online, you'll learn how to accurately perform the standard techniques and operating procedures required in the pharmacy setting, including aseptic operations, medication transcriptions, metric/apothecary conversions, drug dispensation, recordkeeping, and patient profiling.
Employers are looking for certified pharmacy technicians who can:
- Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate
- Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels
- Answer telephones and accurately respond to questions or requests
- Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs
- Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information
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Your Pharmacy Technician Course Includes:
- ASHP Model Curriculum-aligned pharmacy and pharmacology textbooks with interactive CD-ROMs and pocket drug guide
- Academic and career mentoring from a Certified Pharmacy Technician
- 120-hour pharmacy externship*
- Personalized career guidance
- Proctored ExCPT exam* delivered by the National Healthcareer Association – including interactive test prep resources, plus certificate and wallet card if passed (Total $180 value)
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PTCE exam* delivered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board – including practice exam, plus certificate and wallet card if passed (Total $183 value)
- Career diploma at graduation; you may participate in our live commencement ceremony
What certifications are available for the Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma Program?
Ashworth College online Pharmacy Technician program graduates are eligible to sit for the ExCPT certification exam administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and the PTCE certification exam administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
Does Ashworth College help students secure externship sites?
Ashworth College has established relationships with Walgreens and CVS/pharmacies nationwide to provide potential opportunities to complete the externship for many of our students. Students who do not have reasonable access to a Walgreens or CVS facility, or students who may already be employed at a pharmacy other than Walgreens or CVS, may choose to arrange their own externship. Ashworth College provides detailed instruction on the selection, approval, and requirements of externship sites during the program.
What features should I look for in the Ashworth College Pharmacy Technician training course compared to other schools' programs?
It's important that the program you choose covers all of the material necessary to prepare you for both the NHA and PTCB certification exams. Look for a pharmacy tech program that has lesson content that's focused standard techniques and procedures required of pharmacy technicians-aseptic technique, pharmacy operation, medication transcription, metric/apothecary conversion, drug dispensation, recordkeeping, and patient profiling. You'll also want a program that thoroughly covers drug classification, indications, therapeutic effects, side effects, dosing recommendations, routes of administration, and mechanisms of action. Make sure your program includes a convenient opportunity to complete an externship experience at a local pharmacy of your choosing. A well-rounded program provides you with practice interacting with pharmacists, customers, and business associates in a professional setting.