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What does a Pharmacy Technician Professional do?

Hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and private practices depend on the expertise of ASHP Certification in pharmacy technicians for the preparation of distributing accurate prescription medication and the delivery of exceptional customer care. You’ll act as the pharmacist’s right hand and assist with everything from processing prescription requests from patients and doctors, handling insurance claim forms, properly labeling medications and more.

126,783
Entry Level Jobs Available In The US
According to Burning Glass jobs data, Pharmacy Technician Professionals will see available jobs grow 11.8% over the next ten years
1All available job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

Pharmacy Technician Professional ApprenticeshipHealthcare Organization Costs

Employers can pay for the training, use tuition reimbursement funds, or utilize apprenticeship government funding to possibly cover both the training cost and wages.

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$5,000
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Apprentice participants are promoted to full employees and regular pay rates when they complete their programs
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Program & Tuition Cost $4,000 average Up to $20,000 $3,000 average
Exam Fees, Books & Materials Included Up to $750 Up to $750
Job Ready In 3–6 months 24–48 months 3–6 months
Schedule Flexibility On-demand 24/7 Set class schedule On-demand 24/7
Travel Requirements None: 100% online On-campus classrooms None: 100% online
Student Support Personal Advisors: text, call, and email access Professors: scheduled office hours Support inbox
Career Coaching Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit hour requirements Exam-specific only
Content Delivery 3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning Professor lectures Varies: typically videos and presentations

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“My entire experience with Medcerts has been amazing! I participated in a Pharmacy program and they have stuck with me the whole way. Even when I didn’t make my deadlines they still worked with me. Having genuine people who care and true support is amazing. Within 6 months I took the PTCB Exam and passed on the first try! When I say I couldn’t have done it without my team/ MedCerts. I am now officially a certified pharmacy technician within 6 months!!!! I would recommend this program to anyone. Thank you so much MedCerts!!!!! Certified babyyyyyy!!!!!”

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RX 3000A Pharmacy Technician Professional (ASHP/ACPE) - Apprenticeship

Among the available pharmacy technician online programs, the MedCerts Pharmacy Technician Professional program is ASHP/ACPE accredited and promises to prepare graduates for a career in the Pharmacy sector. In addition, the preparation, registration, and costs associated with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is covered by MedCerts. 

Hospitals, Pharmaceutical Companies, and Private Practices depend on the expertise of ASHP Certification in pharmacy technicians for the preparation of distributing accurate prescription medication and the delivery of exceptional customer care.   

The Registered Apprenticeship program is comprised of MedCerts online training programs as well as 2000 hours of on the job training with a sponsoring employer. MedCerts Apprenticeship programs combine class training and “on the job training” to provide individuals the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned with an employer to quickly become a strong contributor in the workplace.

**PLEASE NOTE: This program is NOT approved for the long-term licensing of Pharmacy Technicians in the state of Washington. The WA Board of Pharmacy has additional requirements if the student plans to permanently reside in Washington. If a student is living in WA short-term (less than 2-years) they can obtain a temporary license.

skills gained

  • Receive and process prescription requests from patients, and those sent electronically from doctors’ offices
  • Prepare accurate prescription labels and package prescriptions
  • Prepare and process insurance claim forms and manage inventory
  • Establish and maintain patient profiles, as well as computerized patient records
  • Comply with basic medical ethics as well as HIPAA/HITECH, OSHA and CMS regulations
  • Demonstrate correct processing of medication orders; preparation, storage, and distribution of medications
  • Apply patient-safety and medication-safety practices, and identify, handle and safely dispose of hazardous materials
  • Prepare medications requiring sterile, non-sterile and chemotherapy compounding
  • Apply knowledge of pharmacology, Medication Therapy Management and inventory management in the pharmacy
Enrollment Requirements
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Web browser with internet connection
  • Course registration & payment
  • Pass a background check
  • Pass general education/math assessment
Materials Included
  • Expert-led video based training
  • Textbooks: RX-3000 Student Workbook and Simulation Manual & RX-3000 Simulation Kit
  • eBook: The Pharmacy Technician
  • Simulation Kit
  • Competency assessments
  • National Certification exam fee
Student Services
  • Dedicated Student Success Advisors
  • Tailored support based on performance & behavior
  • Exam preparation process
  • Career Services Advisor

This program meets additional approval requirements for the following state(s): Texas.

courses taken

HI 1014

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology

96 hours
Length
6 weeks
Duration

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the language of medicine, through the study of prefixes, suffixes, root words, abbreviation, and pronunciation of words. The curriculum also includes an overview of anatomy and physiology in order to increase the understanding of medical vocabulary. Students will examine the organization of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, hematic, lymphatic and immune, and cardiovascular systems in the human body. They will become familiar with the medical terms that relate to the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems. Students will also examine terms related to the sensory organs, with a concentration on the organs for hearing, sight, and smell. This course will prepare students to better understand spoken and written interactions in all medical environments.

  • Recognize the structure and function of the 11 body systems and their organs
  • Understand the medical language that is used to describe those systems
  • Analyze and understand medical terms by breaking down their word components
  • Appreciate the major diseases and conditions related to the human body
  • Apply your knowledge within the healthcare setting
HI 2017

Pharmacy Technician Principles and Practices ASHP

176 hours
Length
11 weeks
Duration

This Pharmacy Technician course is designed to education and train the student in the diverse field of Pharmacy Technology. The student will be provided didactic coursework in the areas of prescription processing, pharmacy nomenclature, biopharmaceutics and drug activity, dosage calculations, and common mathematical formulas and conversions. Consideration of drug routes and formulations includes tablets and capsules, liquid prescriptions, parenteral and enteral, and insulin and syringes. To better understand the business side of the pharmacy world, students will learn about HIPAA, drug regulation and control, inventory management, financial considerations, legal and ethical issues, sterile and non-sterile compounding, and units of measurement. Throughout the course, the student will perform realistic pharmacy simulations that duplicate tasks performed in the work environment.

The Didactic Component of the RX 3000 Program is designed to provide instruction, theory, and knowledge of the pharmacy profession to the student as they progress through their courses. The different knowledge based areas that the student will be exposed to consist of: Origins of medicine, pharmacy law, HIV and AIDS, pharmacy terminology, reference and research tools, medication order processing, dosage forms, routes of administration, medical coding, billing, and reimbursement, Medication Therapy Management, Rick Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy, basic biopharmaceutics and drug activities, inventory management, sterile and non-sterile compounding regulations, pre-packaging, HIPAA and HI-TECH Privacy Act, drug regulation and control, pharmacy equipment, medication formulation, emergency preparedness, safety and aseptic technique, patient empathy and effective communication, units of measurement, pharmaceutical terminology, dosage calculations, the metric system, and common mathematical formulas and conversions.

Th Simulation Component of the RX 3000 is designed to provide hands on experience for the student with different scenarios that will be performed by the pharmacy technician in various practice settings. In this portion of the course, students will watch demonstrations of their instructor performing various activities in which they will have to perform for evaluation and grading of accuracy, as well as being able to explain the steps properly with detailed explanations. Some of the simulations the student will be performing are hazardous waste disposal, prescription processing, sterile and non-sterile compounding, laminar flow hood cleaning and aseptic technique, proper gowning procedures, hand washing and gloving, prepackaging and unit dose preparations, reconstitution of antibiotics and injectable medications, oral liquids, parenteral preperations, chemotherapy preparations, narcotic preparations, large and small volume preparations, ampule preparations, and total parenteral nutrition preparations.

    Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Comply with pharmacy laws, HIPAA/HITECH, CMS and other healthcare regulations
  • Verify medication orders, calculate and measure dosage, and prepare and package medications
  • Apply knowledge of pharmacology, documentation and inventory management in the pharmacy
  • Adhere to patient-safety, medication-safety and effective infection control practices
  • Demonstrate procedures required sterile, non-sterile and chemotherapy compounding
EX 2017

Pharmacy Technician Externship

160 hours
Length
6 weeks
Duration

The Experiential Component of the RX 3000 Program is designed to allow the student to complete their training in an approved pharmacy setting under the instruction of a licensed pharmacist. Here, the student will be evaluated by putting in to practice the skills and knowledge acquired in the Didactic and Simulation portions of the RX 3000 course. To facilitate in this process, we offer assistance to the student to ensure their experiential training is a success. We provide guidance and instruction for the student for state board of pharmacy registration and licensing, as well as securing their externship site. This ensures that the student will have proper credentials while on their site. During their rotation of 160 hours, the students will be evaluated as they reach certain benchmarks of their externship. At the completion of their externship, the pharmacy preceptor will meet with the student to discuss their strengths, weaknesses, and areas that need refinement. In addition, the student will have an opportunity to evaluate their experience at the experiential site, as well as the preceptor who evaluated their training.

  • Understand the importance of maintaining HIPAA and HI-Tech policies
  • Demonstrate effective communication and patient empathy
  • Maintain pharmacy inventory and understand different replenishment systems
  • Understand the difference between prescription, behind the counter, and over the counter medications
  • Understand the difference between discretional and non-discretional duties in the pharmacy setting
  • Demonstrate computer systems and software used for prescription processing
PS 1011

Professionalism in Allied Health

32 hours
Length
2 weeks
Duration

This course will benefit anyone considering a career in allied health, as well as those already working in the field. Allied Health Professionals must be committed to the key attributes of professionalism and strive to reflect this within the delivery of patient-centered safe and effective care. “Professionalism” is a broad term that reflects many different skills and abilities. For an individual to exhibit professionalism, he/she must be armed with specific skills and abilities that do not always show up within certification requirements, or even within a career training curriculum. Soft skills are hard to measure and are typically less well-defined than hard skills. However, soft skills are what set many job candidates apart. Professionalism is not just what one knows, it is how one does their job, how one behaves and how one comes across as they interact with others.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with soft skills training that will provide the tools needed to demonstrate a higher level of professionalism on the job. Key components of the course focus on patient interaction, proper office behavior, medical ethics, diversity and cultural bias, emotional strength, professional appearance and communication. The course maintains a focus on the key attributes that are true markers of professionalism.

This course was created with input from healthcare professionals working in the field, healthcare employers that hire our graduates, professional educators and even former MedCerts students. The end result is a collection of modules that touch on the soft skills that are TRULY important in the real world of allied healthcare. In this course, students are engaged through scenario-based learning that allows for real interaction with virtual co-workers and patients. Additionally, game-based activities keep students engaged and entertained throughout their learning journey.

  • Gain an understanding of the expectations of an allied healthcare professional in the workplace
  • Develop and exercise emotional intelligence, self-management and interpersonal skills
  • Build and improve internal and external communication skills with all exchanges
  • Enhance the patient care experience with successful interactions and patient satisfaction
  • Maintain solution-oriented conversations, manage conflict and build self-confidence
COURSES DURATION
HI 1014 6
HI 2017 11
EX 2017 6
PS 1011 2
Total Program Duration 25 Week

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