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Pharmacy Technician

Health Business


This course is offered at Evendale and Middletown campuses or Online.


The Pharmacy Technician Program is designed for those seeking employment in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, pharmacy benefit companies, and medical insurance organizations. The demand for pharmacy Technicians continues to grow due to the constant availability of new drugs, a national shortage of registered pharmacists, and the aging population.

Contact Hours


Course Description

The comprehensive 50 contact hours course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions, and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dosage conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement.

Course Objectives

Help students gain an understanding of:

  • The role of the pharmacy technician, pharmacy history, and the certification process
  • Review of hospital pharmacy setting, retail practice, regulatory agencies, long term care practice, mail order, and home care practices
  • Pharmacy measures, Roman numerals, abbreviations
  • Review of generic drugs, basic biopharmaceuticals, dosage forms, patient profiles
  • Prescription label requirements, order-transcription, drug pricing, reimbursement
  • Formularies, unit dose systems, emergency and crash carts, automatic stop orders, calculating numbers of doses required, children's doses
  • Aseptic technique, handling of sterile products (including anti-neoplastic agent considerations), the metric system
  • Basics of I.V. solutions and calculating 24 hour supply , apothecaries' and avoirdupois systems of measurement, allegation method, math review

Course Features

  • This course prepares and individual to sit for the PTCB certification exam
  • A high school diploma or GED is required to sit for the PTCB exam. Students should have taken math and science in high school

For More Information

Cincinnati State Workforce Development Center
10100 Reading Rd.
Cincinnati, OH. 45241
Office (513) 569-1643

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