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Pharmacy Technician syllabus


Internship:  PHARMACY TECH 





School Year:  2018-19

H.S. Credits:  2

School Name:  Metcalfe (Monroe ATC)

Program: Health Science

KY Tech course: Internship: Pharmacy Technician

Teacher: Melissa Smith, RN, BS Voc Ed



Prerequisite:  A senior which has completed or currently enrolled in three courses in the Health Sciences program (Principles of Health Sciences, Emergency Procedures, Medical Terminology)


Course Description


This course is an on-line and clinical course that prepares students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board examination (PTCB or ExCpt) in order to obtain national certification. Instruction will consist of on-line modules and instructional videos followed by exams. There will be numerous exams over medications and medical math curriculum also. The Online program, Pass assured consist of 6 modules and will be presented throughout the course. Students must successfully complete each part of the on-line program with a grad of 94% or above and must complete according the instructors time line. In addition to the rigorous curriculum, all students are required to complete a minimum of  50 hours of clinical rotations (at least 40 in retail and at least 10 in hospital-like) pharmacies. This practicum provides supervised on-the-job work experience related to the students’ education objectives in the area of pharmacy. Students participating in the practicum do not receive compensation and travel to and from the training sites are at the expense of the student.


Materials Used

  • PassAssured web-based curriculum, Internet access
  • Mosby’s Pharmacy Tech Principles and Practice 2nd edition
  • Complete Math Review for Pharmacy Technicians 3rd edition


On-line Pass Assured Course Outline

On-line Modules



  1. Certification, licensure, and registration
  2. The PTCB and the exam
  3. Recertification



Federal Law

  1. Pharmacy law and time
  2. Federal law and drugs
  3. Rules of controlled substances
  4. DEA number verification
  5. Schedule II drugs
  6. Investigational drugs



Medical Review

  1. Doses and terminology
  2. Central nervous system
  3. Peripheral nervous system
  4. Hormones
  5. Cardiovascular drugs
  6. Renal drugs
  7. Anti-infectant drugs
  8. Cancer chemo
  9. Blood and blood formation
  10. Vitamins



Aseptic Technique

  1. Definitions
  2. Syringes
  3. Parenteral
  4. Techniques for sterile compounding
  5. Solutions
  6. Parenteral antineoplastic agents
  7. Stability considerations in parenteral products




  1. Metric system
  2. Abbreviations
  3. Roman numerals
  4. Fractions, decimals, percents
  5. Temperature conversions
  6. Ratio proportion
  7. Quantities, dilutions and concentrations
  8. Doses and dose regimens
  9. Calculations of IV flow rates
  10. Powder volume
  11. Pricing



Pharmacy Technician

Valid Course Code: 170558

Course Description: This course may be completed as an independent study or classroom

course during the student’s senior year. Material covered will include: Orientation, Federal

Law, Medication Review, Aseptic Techniques, Calculations, and Pharmacy Operations. It is

suggested that students complete and document at least 5-10 hours of observation and/or

interview with a pharmacist or pharmacy technician. Upon completion of this internship,

students are eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification examination in order to

obtain national certification. This internship requires supervised on-the-job work experience

related to the students' education objectives in the area of Pharmacy Technician. Students

participating in the internship do not receive compensation. Students will be required to

follow program and agency requirements for attendance and health screenings. These may

include but are not limited to: drug screens, TB skin test, and immunization certificates.

A Memorandum of Agreement must be completed for all clinical sites. The clinical portion

of this course requires a minimum of 50 hours of experience—40 hours in a retail pharmacy

and 10 hours in a hospital pharmacy.


Students will:

1. Understand, discuss and define basic pharmacy terms and definitions.

2. Discuss the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, its founding members and


3. Understand the PTCB certification examination structure, time allowed for exam,

and broad topic content.

4. Detail the requirements and process needed to maintain certification.

5. Understand Federal Laws that affects the Pharmacy Industry.

6. Discuss different laws and legislation that affect the Pharmacy Industry (when they

were enacted and their importance).

7. Discuss the importance of the Controlled Substance Act of 1970.

8. Outline filing procedures, maintaining records according to State and Federal Laws,

and drug substitution requirements.

9. Illustrate how a doctor’s DEA Number is determined and its purpose.

10. Discuss storage requirements for Schedule II Drugs.

11. Define the four phases of Investigational Drugs.

12. Define Pharmacology (the varied types of drugs, prescription types, medication

dosage forms, and medical devices are discussed).

13. List drug interactions on the human body's majorsystems.

14. Review the different types of medication dosages (i.e., tablets, caplets, liquids,

creams, emulsions, etc.).

15. Describe the different types of administration devices for certain medications and


16. Review drugs which affect the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system,

cardiovascular system, and renal system (to include drug interactions, mechanism of

action and manufacturer named drugs).

17. Review drugs classified as hormones (to include drug interactions, mechanism of

action and manufacturer named drugs).

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18. Review drugs classified as anti-infectant drugs (to include drugsinteractions,

mechanism of action and manufacturer named drugs).

19. Review drugs classified as chemotherapy drugs (to include drug interactions,

mechanism of action and manufacturer named drugs).

20. Review blood and blood formation drugs (to include drug interactions, mechanism of

action and manufacturer named drugs).

21. Review vitamins (to include drug interactions, mechanism of action and

manufacturer named drugs).

22. Practice and demonstrate aseptic techniques.

23. Demonstrate the proper use of various types of syringes.

24. Define the uses of parenteral routes.

25. Identify the four most widely used parenteral routes.

26. Review of sterile compounding procedures.

27. Review the uses of various solutions used in the Pharmacy (irrigation solutions,

parenteral solutions, and TPNs).

28. Examine the safe handling of antineoplastic agents used in the treatment of cancer is


29. List the steps of a parenteral admixture order.

30. Calculate dosages through the aspects of Pharmacy mathematics.

31. Convert units of measurement for the metric, avoirdupois, and apothecary systems.

32. Interpret abbreviations and roman numerals used in prescriptions.

33. Practice the basics of fractions, decimals and percent as used in Pharmacology.

34. Convert Fahrenheit – Centigrade temperatures.

35. Utilize ratio proportion relationships for chemical mixtures used in pharmacy.

36. Calculate the amount of drug product to dispense or the number of days’ supply from

a dosage regimen.

37. Determine the flow rate of an IV solution.

38. Calculate powder volume.

39. Review the various pricing methods used in retail pharmacy.

40. Manage inventory controls of the Pharmacy business with an overview of insurance

claims and “third party” reimbursement.

41. Maintain an accurate patient profile.

42. Detail what should be collected for a proper patient profile.

43. Define key terms used in inventory management.

44. Utilize activities of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) as an integral

component of course content, skills application, and leadership development.

45. Use information technology applications as appropriate to health care specialties.

46. Integrate literacy and numeracy concepts and processes across all curricular units.

47. Demonstrate employability and social skills relevant to health careers.







Clinical Guidelines

A professional attitude and behavior must be maintained at all times during clinical rotations.  Confidentiality must be maintained with no exceptions.  IT IS HIPAA LAW!  Unprofessional behavior or breach of confidentiality will be grounds for automatic dismissal from the pharmacy tech program.  Health care leaves no room for violations in either of these two areas.  Information obtained at clinical sites must be kept in the strictest of confidence.  Situations may be discussed within the class; however, no information is to be shared outside the classroom or clinical setting.  A positive attitude and strong work ethics will be expected at all times when at the clinical sites.  You will treat all staff and health care professionals with respect and courtesy.  There will be not sitting around in the lobby, break room, etc.  You will work steadily for the length of time you are present at the clinical site. As there are a minimum of 50 clinical hours required (10 of which must be in a hospital pharmacy), you may be requested to perform weekend and/or clinical rotations during holiday breaks.. Your schedule will be determined by the Health Professional Mentor, the instructor and you.  Once the schedule is set you will be expected to work during the scheduled times.  If for some reason you must be absent you must call your mentor/supervisor, and the instructor in a timely manner that you will be absent.  The first “no call, no show,” will be acknowledged with a written warning (with copies sent to parent/guardian).  The second offence will result in cancellation of clinical rotation and grade for the course will be affected accordingly.  Cancellation of clinical rotation for any cause (except with instructor permission; example: prolonged illness) will result in the student’s ban from further health science classes.




A highly structure plan of study will be prepared by the instructor. Exams, homework, on-line completion dates, clinical experiences and documentation must be completed according the instructors plan. Failure to complete the above mentioned course work on time or with an unsatisfactory grade will impact grades negatively.




  • All sections of the on-line Pass Assured program ( except exams) must be completed with a grade of 94% or above, anything else will be entered in the gradebook as a zero. There is no limit on repeating these sections.
  • All regular module EXAMS must be completed with a grade of 90% or above, anything else will be entered in the gradebook as a zero. There is no limit on repeating these sections
  • Tutored exam, Final Exam and Exit exams may only be taken over according to Pass Assured policy. Grades on those exams will be entered in the grade book according to their re-take policy. Deadlines will NOT BE EXTENDED on any course work for the on-line program. If it is LATE it will be entered as a ZERO!
  • Each student has 24 hour access to the on-line program so this should not be a problem for anyone.



Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam (PTCB or ExCpt)


Costs for the online program, practice exams and national exam may be purchased as a “bundle’ therefore saving the students money.


Bundle includes:

1)The Online Pass Assured Pharmacy Tech study program will be available for your study needs for 1 calendar year. 

2)The Online practice exams will be utilized to help the student prepare for the national exam toward the end of the school year.

3)The national exam ExCPT for certification can be taken at the PSI center in Bowling Green, KY or other locations in Louisville. The instructor will help with scheduling of the exam when course work has been completed.  


The national exam can be taken when all course curriculum is successfully completed and when all clinical hours are completed and documented according to the instructors directions. Upon completion of all course requirements, the instructor/ school counselor will help you register for the examination. You will be given immediate feedback    the day of the exam and you will know if you passed. Your certification becomes active upon providing the National Health Career Association documented proof of a high school diploma.                                                

Attendance Policy/Tardies/Discipline

Students are expected to attend class and be punctual. Attendance is necessary for success and if it becomes excessive according to the instructor, you may be dropped from enrollment. Each student is expected to act and treat others with respect as you would in the workplace. Discipline issues of any kind will not be tolerated as this behavior is not conducive to a workplace environment. The instructor and school officials maintain the right to remove you form the program if there are issues,


Communication:  Please stay current with updates and reminders from your teacher about this course by receiving one way messages. Please join our “Remind Group” for this course by texting

@aeed   to  81010 



CANVAS:    Go to the following link and enroll in my course – Vocational Studies- M. Smith

Here you will find snow day/makeup assignments as needed.




Class expectations/Rules for Safety

1.Due to the unique study environment, students will keep talking and noise to a minimum while sitting in assigned seats daily.

2.Snacks and drinks will be allowed in the classroom as long as garbage is disposed of and messes are not created.  Should this happen, snack privileges will be terminated. NO DRINKS on the desk or held over the COMPUTERS and Ipads etc.

3.You are to be in the classroom and in your seat when the bell rings.  If you need to go to the bathroom, get something to drink, etc. it must be done prior to the bell ringing.

4.Obey all safety rules and regulations.

5.Obey all high school rules and policies.

6.Only one student at a time will be permitted to leave the classroom to go to the restroom.

7.Cheating or copying other’s homework will not be tolerated.  Any assignment that the instructor has found the student cheating or copying, both the student and the one allowing the copying will be given a zero.  No horseplay, riding chairs, pushing, shoving, etc.

8.All chairs are to be pushed in prior to leaving the classroom.

9.You are not to enter the lab without the instructor’s permission.

10.No lying around in the hospital beds during break times.

11.Make sure the classroom/lab is cleaned and equipment and supplies are put away before leaving. If the lab is cluttered, we cannot work there safely.

12.Watch your language!  You cannot use foul and offensive language in the workplace; therefore, you cannot use it here!      

13.Be courteous to teachers and fellow students.

14.There will be no talking about, gossiping, or mistreating fellow class members.

15.We are family, thus we will show respect for one another as a family should.

16.Professional attitude and behavior will be maintained at all times during class.  We are training to be future health care providers and professional behavior must be practiced at all times.

17.No cell phones, MP-3 players, IPods, etc. permitted in the classroom.  If you are carrying them, they must be turned off and out of sight.  If you are caught with them on and using them they will be added to my permanent collection.

18.No applying makeup during class.  I may also add that to my collection if it is out of your purse.

19.No video games, card playing, etc. in class.

20.The computer stations are not to be used for surfing the net and playing computer games.  Students will not be on the computer unless specific projects are assigned and computer use will be closely monitored. 


Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities and Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO)

The Education Cabinet, the Department for Workforce Investment and the Office of Career and Technical Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational services and/or employment.  The Education Cabinet provides, upon request, reasonable accommodations including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in all services, programs and activities.  To request materials in an alternative format, contact the Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator in OCTE or Norb Ryan at NorbJ.Ryan@ky.gov.  Persons with hearing-and speech- impairments can contact the agency by sing the Kentucky Relay Service, a toll-free telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD).  For voice to TDD, call 1-800—648-6057.  For TDD to voice, call 1-800-648-6056.


The Office of Career and Technical Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status, or religion in admission to education programs, activities, and employment practices in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (revised 1992), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and shall provide, upon request by a qualified disabled individual, reasonable accommodations including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with a disability an equal opportunity to participate.


For more information, contact Mr. William Denton, Office of Career and Technical Education, 20th Floor CPT, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, (502) 564-4286.  Mr. Denton can also be reached through his e-mail address:  WilliamJ.Denton@ky.gov.
















Pharmacy Tech Contract

By signing this syllabus, I am agreeing to attend class regularly, participate in scheduled clinical rotations and make steady progress through the on-line modules as recommended by my instructor. I also understand and agree to abide by the safety contract found within this document. I agree to assume all fees and expenses for this course as detailed below.


Prices are subject to change due test center updates and pricing. We will do all we can to keep the cost down.


  • Please note that Pharmacy Technician training programs are usually taught in colleges and universities and require a 2 year associate degree. We are very fortunate to have this program in our high school and feel the cost is minimal in comparison to a 2 year degree.

Students are require to travel at their own expense to and from the off-site training centers for their clinical hours.


Total fees for student enrollment: (estimate only)

  • Uniform/scrubs with school patch and t-shirt- $50.00
  • Pass Assured on-line education program and ExCPT Practice exams and the national ExCPT exam  -  $389.00  (bundle price including discount)
  • Grad Ceremony (Health Sciences Pinning) Pharmacy Tech pin - $10

Estimated Total:   $439.00

























Students are require to travel at their own expense to and from the off-site training centers for their clinical hours.


Total fees for student enrollment: (estimate only)

  • Uniform/scrubs with school patch and t-shirt- $50.00
  • Pass Assured on-line education program and ExCPT Practice exams and the national ExCPT exam  -  $389.00  (bundle price including discount)
  • Grad Ceremony (Health Sciences Pinning) Pharmacy Tech pin - $10

Estimated Total:   $439.00



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