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Pharmacy Technician - online certificate program with Career Step.

Career Step Information PageThe following information is from the Career Step site, with added commentary from Rob

“Career Step occasionally provides discounts or other free items. For January 2017 they are offering a FREE laptop (or $400 off tuition).”

Complete Transparency: I want to be up front here. I had the opportunity to be a consultant on Career Step’s pharmacy technician program. My consult work was to review every pharmacy technician module for completeness and accuracy. Because of this relationship, I am very familiar with the content and the program. At first, I was concerned that an online program couldn’t teach as well as a campus based program. The people at Career Step have gone the extra mile to make the online learning experience just as good. I have a proposal for you so read on.

By clicking on the links to the Career Step program on this page, you will be taken to my personal referral page (which has a nice demo of the program). Unlike some of the other referral links for schools that pay a few dollars per referral, I have optioned to not be compensated for referrals, but for people who actually sign up. I believe in this program enough to know that people who sign up will get a good education.

Here is my proposal: If you review the information on this program and are interested, sign up for the free information and check out the program demo. If you decide to sign up for the program, let me know (rob@thehonestpharmacist.com) that you signed up through my referral (Referrer ID: ref11435) and I will personally answer any questions you have while you are studying the modules. They do offer some phone counseling, but you will be the only students with access to a licensed pharmacist with specialized training on pharmacy technician development. I want this to be a win-win for both of us and to ensure your success. I can only do this with Career Step, because I know the material intimately.


Pharmacy Technician - online certificate program with Career Step.
What You Get With Career Step

    Externship opportunity with Walgreens or CVS pharmacy

    Unlimited student and technical support

    Lifetime access to student forums and chat rooms

    Comprehensive Pocket Guide for Technicians drug reference handbook

    Access to Career Step’s The Pharmacy Counter newsletter blog

    Certificate of Graduation upon completion

    Personal consultation with an employment advisor (they have experienced pharmacy technicians doing this, I worked with Rebekah during module development, she rocks!)

    Personalized interview tutorials and training (I can add to this as well, I have interviewed many technicians as a pharmacy manager)

    Individual resume and cover letter review, tips, and advice (you can send me your resume for review)

    Access to Career Step’s help hotline for a full year after graduation

    14 in-depth pharmacy technician training modules (modules are listed below)

    Training on pharmacy management simulation software (their software is great for helping you memorize difficult concepts, and some are fun too)

    Preparation for careers in both retail and institutional settings

    Final Exam designed to prepare you for your PTCB Exam experience

Click Here to go to a free information request page and to see a demo of the program. Click on the “View a Course Demo” tab on the right side of the page.


Pharmacy Technician Modules: I was one of the main pharmacists who reviewed these modules for accuracy and completeness for Career Step. This is the main reason I recommend this program, I know it provides good content at a reasonable price. In the Institutional Pharmacy section I also happen to be the guy in the sterile compounding videos (yes it is my big break, but my face is covered, alas . . . I must not be meant for Hollywood)
 

    Program : In this module, the student will be introduced to the Pharmacy Technician training program. A learning objective for each of the modules in the program is presented, along with information on navigating and using the features and functions of the online program.

    Working at a Pharmacy: This module provides an overview of pharmacy practice settings and describes the differences between the roles and responsibilities of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. It also outlines pharmacists’ expectations for their pharmacy technicians.

    Computer Fundamentals: In this module, the student will become familiar with basic computer skills, including using hardware, software, and the Internet.

    Keyboard Kinetics: This module will teach the student typing basics and help increase their efficiency on the computer keyboard for the input of patient, prescription, and insurance information. (if your typing skills aren’t great, this typing program is great for increasing speed and accuracy)

    Pharmacology: This module will introduce the student to the science of pharmacology, including drug actions and effects, dosage forms and routes of administration, and drug classifications. Students will learn the generic and brand names of common medications, as well as their uses. The module also provides an overview of drug references and other resources available to pharmacy technicians.

    Pharmacy Law, Regulations, and Standards: In this module, the student will learn about U.S. pharmacy law and its effects, including the regulation of controlled substances and confidentiality of patient medical records. The student will learn about regulatory bodies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Ethics for pharmacy technicians are also addressed.

    Business of Pharmacy: This module teaches essential communication skills, customer service techniques, and payment processing. Students will receive training in insurance billing, including an overview of private and government insurance plans. This module also provides training in inventory management for both retail and institutional settings.

    Prescriptions: In this module, the student will learn to create and review patient profiles and to read prescriptions, including common abbreviations. They will also learn the steps of the dispensing process, such as counting, packaging, and labeling. Information is included about special prescription types as well as avoiding medication errors.

    Pharmaceutical Calculations: This module begins with an overview of basic mathematic principles and their applications in the pharmacy. Students will learn about and practice dosage calculations, systems of measurement, compounding calculations, preparing injectable and intravenous medications, and business mathematics.

    Nonsterile Compounding: This module teaches the basics of nonsterile compounding in the pharmacy. It also includes step-by-step instructions for filling capsules, making lozenges, reconstituting powders, creating suspensions, and preparing ointments, creams, and gels.

    Retail Pharmacy Practice: In this module, the student will learn about factors specific to the retail pharmacy, such as over-the-counter medications. They will also use simulated pharmacy software to practice entering patient data, processing prescriptions and refills, processing third-party claims, verifying cash pricing, and producing audit logs.

    Institutional Pharmacy Practice: In this module, the student will learn about factors specific to the institutional pharmacy. This encompasses hospital organization, inpatient drug distribution, aseptic technique, sterile compounding, and hazardous agents. Step-by-step instructions are given for preparing oral syringes, filling medication carts and floor stock, charging and refilling crash carts, aseptic hand washing, garbing, hood cleaning, using ampules, preparing parenteral solutions, and preparing sterile powder drug vials.

    Preparing for the Workforce: This module provides information about specific state requirements for pharmacy technicians in the United States, including explanations of registration, licensure, and certification. It also describes the certification exams and gives tips on preparing for and taking them.

    Final Exam Preparation: Upon completion of the program, students will have the opportunity to assess their skills through a final exam. This module contains information about the structure of the exam, tips for passing it, and how to schedule a time to take it.

Do you want to see a demo of the program? Go here and click on the “View a Course Demo” tab on the right side of the page.


Program cost

    The program cost $1995 (significantly less than nearly all campus based programs). This includes the 6 book companion series (a recent addition, due to popular demand of students), and they provide a voucher for taking the PTCB exam (currently priced at $129).

    Career Step occasionally provides discounts or other free items. For January 2017 they are offering a FREE laptop (or $400 off tuition).

    By signing up through my referral link you will get a $50 credit. (some promotional offers do not allow for both discounts, but some do, so make sure you ask)

    Career Step also takes MyCAA (a program for military members and spouses). This may cover all your costs for this program.

Tuition Assistance/Payment Plans

    3 monthly installments
    – 0 interest
    – Down payment, shipping and handling, sales tax, and the cost of any upgrades due at time of enrollment.
    – Remaining balance divided into 3 equal payments to be paid over the next 3 consecutive months.

    12 monthly installments
    – 8% interest
    – Down payment, shipping and handling, sales tax, and the cost of any upgrades due at time of enrollment.
    – Remaining balance divided into 12 equal payments to be paid over the next 12 consecutive months.

    MOUNTAIN AMERICA CREDIT UNION – Mountain America Credit Union offers students an Education Line of Credit to help them reach their education goals.
    – The Education Line of Credit is only available to students who qualify in the states of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada.
    – If you would like to learn more about the process of how to apply for an Education Line of Credit with Mountain America Credit Union, please contact one of our financial aid advisors at 1-800-411-7073 or at financialaid@careerstep.com.

    STATE ASSISTANCE – If you need financial assistance to pay for your enrollment or are an individual with a disability, check with your local Workforce Service or Vocational Rehabilitation office to determine if you qualify for one of their programs.

    Career Step is currently an eligible training provider with Workforce Services in many states and is an approved vendor with Vocational Rehabilitation in most states. For the most up-to-date information on Career Step’s status in your state, please contact our Special Services Coordinator at 1-800-411-7073.

    Click Here to go to a free information request page and to see a demo of the program. Click on the “View a Course Demo” tab on the right side of the page.

    Pharmacy Technician - online certificate program with Career Step.