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Pharmacy Technician Preparation Course

Time limit: 365 days

$1,200 Enroll

Full course description

This course is designed to prepare you for certification, registration, licensing, and employment as a pharmacy technician or pharmacy technician trainee.

Estimated Hours to Complete: 80

Recognized by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Education and Training Program Directory, this course includes multimedia instructor videos, chapter summaries, quizzes, flashcards, and discussions to increase your basic pharmacy knowledge. The content is comprehensive including demonstrations of pharmaceutical calculations, and sections on law concepts, and pharmacology covering disease states, body systems, and drug classes. This course would be useful for any student considering taking a national certification exam.

This self-paced course is designed for you to be able to complete within 12 weeks at the most, which will allow for 2 weeks per module. It is important to sit for the exam in a timely manner upon completion of the course. Access to the course is provided to you for 365 days upon registration.

Learning Outcomes and Objectives:

After completing this course learners will be able to:

  1. Prepare for certification, registration, licensing, and employment as a pharmacy technician or pharmacy technician trainee.
  2. Perform necessary pharmaceutical calculations.
  3. Apply legal and foundational concepts related to the operation of a pharmacy.
  4. Demonstrate a greater understanding of pharmacology, including disease states, body systems, and drug classes.

Meet the faculty: Fridays at 10:00am CDT

Click here to join a Zoom meeting with Dr. Fix.

Requirements

Learners should be eligible by the State Board of Pharmacy to qualify as a pharmacy technician trainee. A pharmacy technician applicant must have a high school diploma, or equivalent diploma (e.g. GED), or be working to achieve a high school diploma or equivalent for no more than two years. Learners who apply with the Board of Pharmacy should be able to pass a criminal background check with no felonies and be planning to sit for a certification exam within the next year. Candidates must be 18 years old to sit for a pharmacy technician certification exam.

This course follows the Michigan Pharmacists Association Pharmacy Technician Training Manual and their Calculations Workbook. Information for ordering the textbook (typically under $100 in price, but can vary based on seller) is provided in the syllabus and home page of the course. 

Course Faculty:

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Jennifer Fix, Pharm.D., MBA, BCACP, BCGP

Associate Professor & Director of Skills Laboratory Experiences, Department of Pharmacotherapy

I am an Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy with the University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine for the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am the Director of Introductory Pharmacy Practices Experiences with the Experiential Education Group – also referred to as “IPPE Director”.  

Prior to coming to the Health Science Center, I owned and operated an independent pharmacy in the NORTH TEXAS AREA for 25 years.  My store was a traditional community pharmacy that included non-sterile compounding and a variety of professional services. 

Once pharmacy technician certification became required by the Texas Legislature, I started helping technicians with exam preparation by helping them brush up on math, law, and basic pharmacology.   

I have been doing this since 1998 and have been successful with using textbooks by the Michigan Pharmacists Association. I produced and sold a math video, AND produced, and sold a third-party processing video. I have hosted training classes for many years, I have created teaching materials for other trainers to use across the State, I have provided content for other online learning portals. I have served the Texas State Board of Pharmacy as a member of their Pharmacy Technician Task Force.  

I am a founding member of the Alliance of Independent Pharmacy and I am a PROUD Past President of the Texas Pharmacy Association and the Tarrant County Pharmacy Association.  

I currently serve as a member of the State of Texas – Health and Human Services Drug Utilization Review Board.  This board establishes the preferred drug list for the Texas Vendor Drug program which serves Medicaid recipients.