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Pharmacy Technician Course

Pharmacy Technician Online Training

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Did you know that nearly 1 out of 4 new jobs were created in the healthcare sector last year?

Once you complete our online Pharmacy Technician Course, one of those careers can be yours. You will graduate ready to enter the workforce.

Course Description

Our Pharmacy Technician Certification program was developed by industry professionals who know what it takes to get hired. After graduating our course, you’ll be fully prepared to work in a fast-paced pharmacy environment. Not only that, but our course prepares you to take one of several industry certification exams, which will ensure that you stand out and get hired.

Online Pharmacy Tech Course Outline

Unit 1: Medical and Body Systems Terminology

1.1 History of Pharmacy  

The origins of pharmacy and the development of the pharmacy profession up to the twentieth century; the evolution of both the pharmacist and the pharmacy technician; the history of legislation that affects the practice of pharmacy; roles and duties of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

1.2 Medical and Pharmaceutical Terminology  

The benefits of familiarization with medical terminology; common medical terms and symbols used in pharmaceutical documentation and prescription orders.

1.3 Regulatory Law and Professional Standards  

The evolution of pharmaceutical practice into a professional career; major professional pharmaceutical societies; the need for pharmacy regulation and standard practice; regulation of controlled substances.

Unit 2: Drug Classification and Pharmaceutical Calculations

2.1 Trade Names and Generic Names  

The difference between trade and generic names of prescription drugs; process for creation of drug names; FDA evaluation of trade names; top 200 generic and trade names.

2.2 Dosage Forms and Routes of Administration 

Oral/enteral administration, including pills, tablets, capsules, softgels, and liquids; inhalational administration, including aerosols; parenteral administration, including subcutaneous, intramuscular, and intravenous routes; syringes and needles; large- and small-volume parenteral solutions; topical administration, including patches, creams, foams, gels, lotions, and ointments; and administration by insertion, including suppositories.

2.3 Pharmacologic Classes 

World Health Organization (WHO) and chemical name drug classifications; United States Adopted Name (USAN) Council stems for generic terms.

2.4 Systems of Measurement 

Roman numerals; Celsius and Fahrenheit temperature scales and conversions; household measures; the metric system; household and metric conversions.

2.5 Ratios, Proportions, Decimals, and Percents 

Numbers as both symbols and measurements; explanations of and worked examples for ratios and proportions; relationship among and conversions for decimals, fractions, and percents.

Unit 3: Pharmacology

3.1 Antibiotics, Antifungals, and Antivirals  

Examples of antibiotics, antifungals, and antiviral drugs encountered in the pharmacy, their mechanisms of action, and their respective names, classes, and categories.

3.2 Anesthetics, Narcotic Pain Relievers, Psychiatric Drugs, and Drugs for CNS Disorders  

A description of drugs that affect the central nervous system, including general and local anesthetics, opiates, antipsychotics, antidepressants, anxiolytics, hypnotics, and antiepileptics.

3.3 Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Drugs  

A description of the drugs that affect the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems, including corticosteroids, beta-agonists, cholinergic antagonists, methylxanthines, leukotriene modifiers, antacids, H2 antagonists, and proton-pump inhibitors.

3.4 Renal, Urinary, and Cardiovascular Drugs  

A description of the drugs that affect the renal, urinary, and cardiovascular systems, including antibiotics, alpha-blockers, antispasmodics, diuretics, antihypertensive drugs, calcium channel blockers, nitrates, antiarrhythmic drugs, and lipid-lowering drugs.

3.5 Muscle Relaxants, Nonnarcotic Analgesics, Hormones, and Topicals  

A description of the nature, uses, and side effects of medicinal drugs in the classes of muscle relaxants, nonnarcotic analgesics, hormones, and topicals.

3.6 Chemotherapy and Miscellaneous Pharmaceutical Products  

Chemotherapeutic and biologic drugs as well as substances such as vitamins, herbs, and antidotes.

Unit 4: Community and Hospital Pharmacy Practice

4.1 Community Pharmacy Operations  

Retail versus institutional pharmacy operations; pharmacy as both a business and a profession; typical business day operations.

4.2 Interpreting and Processing Prescriptions; Patient Charts  

Reviewing prescriptions for completeness; processing new prescriptions and refills; pharmacist reviews; maintaining electronic records of patient medications.

4.3 Third-Party Payments  

Prescription insurance plans; receiving insurance information; processing third-party insurance claims; resolving unpaid drug claims.

4.4 Merchandise Handling and Inventory  

The importance of inventory control for pharmaceutical businesses; purchasing and short lists; receiving incoming merchandise; returning expired or overstocked merchandise.

4.5 Hospital Pharmacy Practice  

Common hospital pharmacy settings; types of patients; role of the pharmacist and pharmacy technician; equipment, technology, and best practices in the hospital pharmacy setting.

4.6 Infection Control and Preparing Sterile IVs  

Protecting patients and healthcare providers from infectious diseases; techniques used to prepare sterile intravenous products.

4.7 HIPAA Regulations, Pathogens in the Pharmacy, and Employment Preparation  

Privacy versus security; protected health information in the pharmacy setting; the HIPAA Privacy Rule; OSHA standards; universal precautions; CDC hygiene guidelines; using personal protective equipment; certification preparation; career options; writing resumes and cover letters; preparing for interviews.

Unit 5: Laboratory Simulation and Certification Preparation

5.1 Pharmacy Technician Laboratory Simulation  

Laboratory simulations for community pharmacy practice, institutional pharmacy practice, and aseptic technique.

5.2 Pharmacy Technician Certification Preparation  

Review of eight categories of pharmacy technician duties in preparation for the certification exam. Students receive worked examples of realistic sample questions and have the opportunity to take a practice test to assess their readiness to take the certification exam.


Students will complete 120 hours of externship in a retail pharmacy under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. They’ll be required to demonstrate proficiency in the areas of personal and interpersonal skills; foundational skills; processing and handling of medications and medication orders; non-sterile compounding; procurement, billing, reimbursement, and inventory management; patient and medication safety; technology and informatics; regulatory issues; and quality assurance.

What You Get

  • Instant access to high-quality course materials
  • One-to-one mentorship from a professional in the field
  • Video training featuring tips from industry veterans
  • An externship with CVS or Walgreens to give you hands-on experience
  • Certification preparation materials including free practice tests

NYICD offers convenient online training to anyone looking to gain the independence that comes with a new career. Study anytime, anywhere at your own pace and get certified in a matter of months. Call 1-800-239-9275 or enroll online today.