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California State University Los Angeles - Pharmacy Technician Certification

Pharmacy Technician Certification

General Info

California State University, Los Angeles (also known as Cal State L.A., CSULA, or CSLA) is a public comprehensive university, part of the California State University (CSU) system.

The Program

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician Certification Program is a comprehensive 50 hour course that will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's PTCB exam. Pharmacy Technician professional development provides on-campus and on-site training for busy professionals who need new skills but have precious little time to get them. Certificate programs are groups of classes that provide in-depth study in particular subject areas. Each program undergoes continuous review to ensure that it teaches the knowledge and skills required by the industry.

Pharmacy Technician Certification

  • Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings - working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist.
  • 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, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.
  • The Pharmacy Technician Certification Program includes a graded final exam to help prepare students for the PTCB exam.

Professional Development Program

  • Professional development provides on-campus and on-site training for busy professionals who need new skills but have precious little time to get them.

In partnership with Condensed Curriculum International, Inc. (CCI), California State University Los Angeles Division of Continuing Studies is offering a variety of Health Care Professional training programs. Although the US economy remains sluggish and the overall job market has not improved, the demand for health care staff and professionals is growing at a staggering rate. These factors have created enormous job opportunities for individuals trained in leading health care professions. Available to both working adults interested in a new career and current health care professionals, these exciting programs will help students prepare for the numerous jobs available to health care staff and professionals! California State University Los Angeles will offer Pharmacy Technician, Medical Billing and Coding, EKG Technician and other programs - which include some of the fastest growing careers in the health care industry

PTCB Course Information

  1. role of the pharmacy technician
  2. pharmacy history/discussion of various practice settings and the technician certification process
  3. recruiting by pharmacy specialty
  4. "Evolution of Pharmacy"
  5. review of hospital pharmacy setting, retail practice, regulatory agencies involved with a pharmacy practice, long term care practice setting, mail order pharmacy, home care pharmacy practice
  6. pharmacy measures, roman numerals, abbreviations
  7. review of generic drugs, basic biopharmaceuticals, dosage forms, patient profiles
  8. prescription label requirements, order transcription, ordering and inventory control, drug pricing, third party reimbursement
  9. formularies, unit dose systems, emergency and crash carts, house supplies, automatic stop orders, calculating number of doses required
  10. all major classes of drugs including top brand names and generic drugs
  11. aseptic technique, handling of sterile products including antineoplastic agent considerations
  12. basics of IV solutions, calculating 24 hour supply of IV solutions, percentages and electrolytes preparations
  13. the metric system
  14. apothecaries' and avoirdupois systems of measurement
  15. children's doses
  16. allegation method, math review
  17. Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), demonstration of TPN admixture, hands-on practice of IV admixture and parenteral medication preparation.

Admission Requirements

Pharmacy Technician Program Admissions and Entrance requirement Entrance requirements vary from a high school diploma to a college degree. Some programs require entrance examinations; a few require application fees.

Academic Degree

Pharmacy Technician Certification Program


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