Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Pharmacy Technician Program is a comprehensive 10-week course that will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy settings. This course will examine the knowledge areas critical to the pharmacy technician practice. Pharmacology for technicians, laws, and regulations, compounding, medication safety, quality assurance, order entry and fill process, inventory management, billing and reimbursement, information systems usage, and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) will be explored.
Taught by experts in the pharmaceutical field, the course curriculum focuses on three core area including pharmacology, law, and practical wisdom. Students will benefit from engaging lectures and discussions paired with interactive learning activities.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Illustrate the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.
Identify the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States, including pharmacology and therapeutics relating to body systems.
Apply pharmacy laws and regulations to given fact patterns.
Execute appropriate safety protocols.
Calculate and convert quantities and dosages as required for prescription order entry and filling.
Use pharmacy information systems for inventory, billing, and reimbursement.