Laboratory Technician Courses at Penn Foster Career School
|Instruction Set 1
The advantages of learning at home, types of study materials, types of examinations, accessing and using the features of our website, determining what kind of learner you are, establishing a study schedule, using study tips, preparing for and taking examinations.
The Profession of Pharmacy
The role of the Pharmacy Technician; various types of pharmacies and drug dispensing work sites.
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Regulations for Drug Development
Food and Drug Administration requirements for drug testing; the review process for over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.
Policies and procedures related to the pharmacy; prescriptions/medications orders, patient profiles, and prescription labels; basic procedures related to ordering, purchasing, storage and retrieval, returns, recalls, and expired drugs; computer systems and software programs used by pharmacies; routine duties of the pharmacy technician in an institutional setting; duties related to pharmacy administration and management.
Prescribers of Drugs
Professionals who are licensed to prescribe medications; types of medications prescribed.
Veterinarians as Prescribers
Drugs prescribed by veterinarians; how drugs are given to animals.
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Drug Information Sources
Sources of drug information used as ready references by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
Drug Manufacturers, Monographs, and Package Inserts
Major drug manufacturers and their products; company recognition through medication logs, color codes and more; understanding the sections of an official drug monograph/package insert in order to evaluate the particular actions of a drug.
Preparation of prescriptions and medications order labels.
Dosage Forms and Routes of Administration
Various drug dosage forms: solids, liquids, creams/ointments and other forms.
Reading and interpreting directions on prescriptions; pharmaceutical notations and Latin abbreviations.
|Instruction Set 4
Review of English and metric systems of measurement and temperature; using ratios and proportions to solve problems; variables and solving equations; using formulas to solve problems.
Basic arithmetic required for preparing and dispensing drugs.
Pharmaceutical calculations used in drug preparation and dispensing; measurements, ratio and proportion, calculation of doses, percentages preparations.
|Instruction Set 5
Pharmaceutical Dispensing 1: General Considerations
Pharmaceutical compounding; equipment and measurement techniques; use of the mortar and pestle.
Pharmaceutical Dispensing 2: Solid Dose Forms
Dispensing of solid dosage forms; exercises in tablet dispensing, capsule dispensing and capsule packaging from bulk powder.
Pharmaceutical Dispensing 3: Liquid Dose Forms - Oral
Preparation and dispensing of liquid dose forms for oral administration.
Pharmaceutical Dispensing 4: Topical Dose Forms
Ointments and cream formulations for drugs used topically
Pharmaceutical Dispensing 5: Miscellaneous Dose Forms
Dose forms that are prepackaged and are untraditional from the solids, liquids, and topical dose forms.
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How Drugs Work
Characteristics of drug molecules, how drugs work at the cellular level and the fate of drugs in the body.
What the technician should do if a patient calls in an emergency regarding accidental drug ingestion or the taking of a wrong dose or overdose; poisonous household substances; basics of poison antidotes.
Addictive drugs which are dispensed in the pharmacy and their actions that cause physical dependence.
Adverse Reactions/Drug Interactions
Adverse drugs reactions; terminology used to describe such reactions.
Basic Chemistry of Drug Molecules
Basic principles of carbon containing chemistry which defines the chemical structure of drugs.
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Compounding of Sterile Products 1
Preparing injectable drugs and parenteral admixtures in a hospital pharmacy setting; IV systems.
Compounding of Sterile Products 2
Preparing total parenteral nutritional (TPN) solutions in the hospital pharmacy setting; aseptic techniques for safe preparation of the materials and their handling.
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Medical words and terminology referring to medical conditions of the patient and indications for drug usage.
Anatomical systems of the human along with the basic physiology of each system.
|Instruction Set 9
Drug Classes: Prescription Drugs
The major classes of prescription drugs which the technician will dispense upon written orders from the prescriber.
Drug Classes: Over-the-Counter Drugs
Describes drug products sold in the pharmacy without need of a prescription (over-the-counter (OTC) drugs).
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General Medical Conditions
Common general medical ailments and the types of drugs which are used to treat these ailments.
Infectious diseases that are treatable with drugs; major groups of antibiotics, antifungals and antivirals.
Types of cancers that are treated with drug therapy; chemotherapeutic agents used in cancer treatment.
Program description: Become a Pharmacy Technician with at home training from Penn Foster Career School.
You'll get the training you need to work closely with pharmacists in providing medication and health care products to patients. Whether you'll work for a retail pharmacy, local druggist, grocery store, or hospital, you'll be an important part of a rewarding profession.
Our Pharmacy Technician training program provides you the skills you need to succeed and even offers a Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Review.
You’ll learn how to:
Receive prescriptions from doctors and hospitals.
Prepare prescriptions for patients.
Verify insurance and prescription information.
Assist the pharmacist with everyday duties.
Flexible, Convenient, Self-Paced!
There is no going to class, no need to rearrange schedules. You choose the right time and place to complete your coursework. And you work at your own pace. There's no one to rush you or hold you back.
While you'll work independently, you won't be alone. Expert instructors and support staff — dedicated to helping you complete your coursework — are just a phone call or an email away.