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National Pharmacy Tech Academy

From Pacific Medical Training

Online Pharmacy Technician Certification Course

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Entry-level Job Seekers

  • This course is jointly provided by Pacific Medical Training and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM).
  • This course is accessible with any web browser.
  • Estimated time to complete activity: 8 hours
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Professional Development Seekers

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of pharmacy technicians, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, pharmacists and dentists who endeavor to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam.

8 CME/CE credits for this course certified by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

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Medical Facilities and Pharmacies

  • This course is offered in in-person group format and online. All our instructors are experienced medical providers.
  • Please verify the authenticity of our certificates by emailing us with the name and issue date of the student.
  • This course is written based on scientific evidence
  • Additional information is available for organizations that are reviewing our course

Contact us at 844-481-5238 to schedule an in-person training for your group (minimum of 10 people).

National Pharmacy Tech Academy Helps You Prepare to Enter the Pharmacy Tech Profession


What does a pharmacy tech do?

Pharmacy technicians aid pharmacists in dispensing medicine. The work environment can vary from working at a local pharmacy to working in a hospital.

What are the training requirements?

Some states only require that you pass the Pharmacy Tech Certification Board™ exam while others require a little more education. We have included the requirements for each state in the pharmacy technician State Requirements section below.

What is the course like?

Our course covers the following topics.

  • History and Scope of the Pharmacy Technician
  • Manufacturing Pharmaceuticals
  • Rules and Regulations (PTCB™ 2.0)
  • Controlled Substances (PTCB™ 2.4)
  • Pharmacy Safety
  • Drug Classifications (PTCB™ Pharmacology 1.1 – 1.6)
  • Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding (PTCB™ 3.0 – 3.7)
  • Pharmacy Quality Assurance (PTCB™ 5.1-5.5)
  • Mathematics in Pharmacy (PTCB™ 3.6, 6.3)
  • Inventory Management (PTCB™ 7.1-7.5)
  • Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement (PTCB™ 8.0)
  • Information Systems (PTCB™ 9.0)

This course is accessible with any web browser. We recommend recent versions of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 9 and later, or Apple iPad.

The estimated time to complete the activity is 8 hours.

What is the exam like?

Our end of course exam is designed to ensure you have learned the information covered in each section of the course. The end of course exam contains 50 questions. Should you fail the exam, you will have two more attempts to pass it and you will be provided with remediation to help you study the areas in which you need to improve.

The end of course exam is also designed to prepare you for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB™™ ) exam, which is required in some states. The PTCB™™ has written a 90 question multiple choice examination. You will be given 120 minutes to complete the examination. The scores are scaled ranges from 1000-1600 and you must obtain a score of 1400 or higher to pass. The test is completed at computer testing centers. You are permitted to utilize a simple calculator during the exam. The PTCB™™ publishes an examination blueprint (www.ptcb.org) that provides the prospective technician with the subject matter that is covered on the exam. Our course will cover all of the areas contained in the blueprint so that you can feel confident that you have the information that you need to be successful. You will notice areas of our course place bold numbers at the beginning or end of some sections. These correspond to areas of the blueprint that need to be emphasized during your preparation.

What if I don't pass

Not to worry. If you do not pass your examination on the first attempt you will have our study material available to you free of charge to study for another attempt. We have put together a comprehensive study course that will prepare you to be successful.

Accreditation and continuing medical education (CME) credit

This activity has been planned an implemented by the Post Graduate Institute for Medicine and Pacific Medical Training in support of improving patient care.

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) jointly accredit the Post Graduate Institute for Medicine to provide continuing education.

This continuing education activity has been designated for 8.0 contact hour(s) (.80 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education by the Post Graduate Institute for Medicine. Feel free to view our sample CME certificate

Please see our course front matter for our universal activity number and other information.

Pharmacy technician employment process

Each state and province has different rules for persons to work as a pharmacy technician.

We are very familiar with the laws for each state, please give us a call to review the details. But in general this is the process:

  • You must be over 17 or 18 years of age, depending on the state
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED in most states
  • You must pass a state-level exam (which this course prepares you for)
  • You must pass a background check and have a clean record, rules vary by state

We have documented the specific rules at our state laws page but you can just as easily call us on the phone and we can clarify any questions you have about these items.

Accreditation

This activity has been planned an implemented by the Post Graduate Institute for Medicine and Pacific Medical Training in support of improving patient care.

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) jointly accredit the Post Graduate Institute for Medicine to provide continuing education.

This continuing education activity has been designated for 8.0 contact hour(s) (.80 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education by the Post Graduate Institute for Medicine.

Please see our course front matter for our universal activity number and other information.

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Scientific basis


This course is written based on scientific evidence. Our main works cited for this course are:

  • Association, A. P. (2010). The Pharmacy Technician Workbook and Certification Review (4 ed.). Englewood, CO: Morton Publishing Company.
  • DA, B. (2006). Pharmacy practice for technicians (Vol. 3). St Paul, MN, USA: EMC/Paradigm.
  • Elsevier. (2015). Nursing Drug Reference (25th ed.). (A. Purdue, Ed.) St. Louis, Missouri: Mosby.
  • International Business Machines Corporation. (n.d.). Salary.com. (IBM, Producer) Retrieved January 21, 2016, from https://www1.salary.com/Pharmacy-Technician-1-Salary.html
  • Payscale, Inc. (2016). Retrieved January 21, 2016, from www.payscale.com
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. (n.d.). PTCB. Retrieved January 21, 2016, from PTCB: www.ptcb.org
  • Physician Desk Reference (PDR) (70th ed.). (2016). Invanz.
  • Sandra Tschritter, B. C. (2011). LWW's Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Review. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Teresa Hopper, B. C. (2012). Pharmacy Technician Principles and Practice (Third ed.). St. Louis, Missouri: Mosby.
  • Trivium. (2015-2016). PTCB Exam Study Guide. Middletown, De: Trivium