Pharmacy Technicians

All the C.E. You Need for Your PTCB Recertification and
All Your State Requirements for Only $39.95

About the Power-Pak C.E. Pharmacy Technician Library

Purchase unlimited access to all 21 CE courses (42 credit hours) listed below for 2 years for the one-time fee of $39.95.

Our goal is to provide the most comprehensive library of accredited pharmacy technician education.These ACPE-accredited activities focus on the following subject areas and will be updated continually: patient safety, pharmacy law, pharmacology, drug information, and general pharmacy practice.

Our pharmacy technician recertification courses were developed by educational specialists from Postgraduate Healthcare Education, Power-Pak C.E. in conjunction with faculty from leading colleges of pharmacy. The objectives for each T-designated course align with the core competencies listed in PTCB's Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination Blueprint.


What's Included in Your Package Purchase

  • All the CE you need for your PTCB recertification and all of your state requirements* for only 96¢ per credit hour
  • Unlimited access to 21 key topics and 42 credit hours, presented in a widely used Power-Pak C.E. format
  • Designed to meet 2015's new PTCB pharmacy technician-specific recertification requirements
  • Patient safety and law activities available
  • One live webinar available each month for 1 hour of live CE credit
  • Choose from a broad selection of activities so you're sure to find courses that interest you
  • All courses are available to you 24/7 for 2 years so you can get credits whenever you need them
  • CE activities are continually updated and added to assure 42 credit hours are available to you


POWER-PAK C.E. PHARMACY TECHNICIAN LIBRARY

List of CE Courses (Minimum of 42 CE hours always available)


Zika Virus and Its Effects in Pregnancy

This course is designed to educate pharmacy technicians about the effect of Zika infection during pregnancy, modes of transmission, signs and symptoms of infection, and preventive measures.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Current Topics in Sterile Compounding: The Drug Quality and Security Act

This course is designed to present information on the laws and oversight governing compounding pharmacies and newly designated outsourcing facilities.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Medical Marijuana: Pharmacologic and Regulatory Considerations

It is important for Pharmacists and Pharmacy technicians to understand the current issues surrounding the nonmedical use of prescribed controlled substances, including the approaches to and consequences of regulatory efforts to minimize diversion. An emphasis on rescheduling is also included in this activity.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Update on the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

It is important for Pharmacists and Pharmacy technicians to understand the current issues surrounding the nonmedical use of prescribed controlled substances, including the approaches to and consequences of regulatory efforts to minimize diversion. An emphasis on rescheduling is also included in this activity.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

HIV/AIDS Review for the Pharmacy Technician

The goal of this activity is to educate pharmacy technicians about HIV/AIDS, including epidemiology, modes of transmission, infection control procedures, clinical management, and Florida-specific legislation related to HIV testing requirements. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy, provider number 50-17869.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

The Utility of Root Cause Analysis and Failure Mode and Effects Analysis in the Hospital Setting

Identifying and preventing medication errors is a significant challenge in all health care settings. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must understand common methodologies for detecting sources of risk in order to participate in error and risk investigations and to implement changes in pharmacy practice. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy, provider number 50-17869.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

The Drug Supply Chain Security Act: Improving the Integrity of Drug Distribution

The goal of this activity is to provide relevant education to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians about the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) to improve the integrity of the drug supply distribution chain, while learning methods to identify suspect product.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Nevada Pharmacy Law Update and Overview of Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is a global problem. Although most people take prescription medications responsibly, more than 50 million people have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons at least once in their lifetimes. This activity will educate pharmacy technicians on the drug abuse epidemic in the United States, describe tools that are being used to combat prescription drug abuse, and review recent regulatory changes in Nevada pharmacy law.

1 T-designated CE Credit Hour

Texas State Law Primer and Updates

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the state of Texas are now required to complete 1-credit hour of continuing education (CE) on the topic of Texas-specific pharmacy law. This CE activity reviews the purpose and composition of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, continuing education requirements for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, legal requirements for various product substitutions, situations that require a pharmacist to provide patient counseling, and the preparation of prescriptions within legal limits.

1 T-designated CE Credit Hour

Understanding Star Ratings and the Influence of MTM Services

The Medicare Star Rating System was created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2007 to define, measure, and reward high-quality health care. Medication therapy management services became a mandatory component of Medicare Part D plans in 2006 and are now a star performance measure effective 2016. The goal of this activity is to explain the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Star Rating System and discuss the role of the pharmacy technician in the delivery of medication therapy management services.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Understanding Sales Restrictions for Nonprescription Drug Products

While the majority of people use nonprescription drug products for their intended use, a small percentage of people buy these same products with the intent of using them inappropriately. This activity aims to educate pharmacy technicians about federal and state regulations for select nonprescription drug products that require an extra degree of vigilance at the point of sale.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

The Expanding Role of the Pharmacy Technician—MTM and Vaccination Support

Having an increased pharmacist concentration on clinically-oriented activities is vital to improving patient care and may be key to preventing medication errors and rising health care costs. This activity reviews the expanding role of pharmacy technicians to support pharmacy's professional engagement in direct patient care initiatives such as medication therapy management and vaccine administration.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Pharmacy Technician Review: Nonprescription Analgesics for Headache and Common Conditions Causing Pain

This activity prepares pharmacy technicians to assist pharmacists by eliciting appropriate and useful information from patients complaining of headache and other common conditions causing pain. With an increased understanding of nonprescription analgesic products and their appropriate use, pharmacy technicians will become more confident in their drug information skills, leading to improved communication with their coworkers, customers, and other health care professionals.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Maximizing Patient Interaction at the Pharmacy Counter: OTC Medications for Allergic Rhinitis and the Common Cold

Considering the pharmacy technician is often the first point of contact for patients who have questions about OTC drug products related to allergic rhinitis and the common cold, they are in a perfect position to collect and communicate patient-related self-care issues to pharmacists. This activity provides a review of commonly used OTC products for allergic rhinitis and the common cold.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Drug Inventory—Thinking it Through

Pharmacy technicians should be aware of steps that can be taken to improve inventory management processes, considering the overarching goal of health care is to provide cost-effective patient care while limiting adverse drug events. This activity educates pharmacy technicians about effective and efficient inventory control practices in order to limit spoilage and improve patient care.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Common Childhood Illnesses: Considerations for the Pharmacy Technician

Drug dosages for children differ greatly from those for adults because of the physiological differences between the two. As a result, small miscalculations may lead to either subtherapeutic doses or significant toxicity. This activity enhances the pharmacy technician's understanding of common illnesses in pediatric patients, as well as the unique physiological characteristics of this population, in order to improve patient safety and overall quality of care.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Why Do Drugs Affect People Differently? Understanding Factors That Influence Drug Responses

Pharmacy technicians should have a greater understanding of factors that affect the way a drug acts in the body, including human variability, disease states, and drug-drug interactions, seeing they are often prompted with patient safety alerts during the order entry process. This activity aims to enhance the pharmacy technician's awareness of the multiple factors that influence individual responses to medications.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Understanding Medical Terminology and Pharmacology Associated With the Eye: Glaucoma, Dry Eye, and Conjunctivitis

This activity will improve the pharmacy technician's understanding of medical science terminology and pharmacology related to medical conditions and drugs affecting the human eye. A firm understanding of medical science terminology and pharmacology will prepare pharmacy technicians to recognize how the nomenclature system is used in naming drug classes, in addition to influencing their ability to interpret and communicate drug information accurately.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Recent Developments Surrounding the Appropriate Disposal of Medications

In order to improve the pharmacy technician's ability to guide patients, caregivers, and the community regarding the appropriate disposal of medications, pharmacy technicians must be conversant with the most current drug disposal laws. This activity reviews recent changes in drug disposal laws and provides guidance centered on the appropriate disposal of medications.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Medication Safety: The Role of the Technician in Preventing Medication Errors

This activity reviews common medication errors in pharmacy practice and explains the role of the technician in improving patient safety. By having a greater understanding of medication safety issues that lead to mistakes, pharmacy technicians will be more prepared to identify and lessen the risk of medication errors in daily practice.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

New Drug Approvals, 2014

This activity review drugs that gained FDA approval in 2014 and aims to increase the pharmacy technician's awareness and understanding of the FDA regulatory approval processes for brand-name, generic, and over-the-counter drug products.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Knowing Where to Find Key Drug Information—Understanding Drug Resources

Responding to drug information questions accurately and efficiently is an important part of pharmacy practice, underscoring the importance of pharmacy technicians becoming more familiar with key drug references. This activity enhances the pharmacy technician's ability to locate and utilize appropriate drug information resources in pharmacy practice in order to help the pharmacist respond to questions from consumers and other health care professionals in an effective, efficient manner.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Home Health Monitoring Equipment: The Pharmacy Technician's Role

Pharmacy technicians may help raise awareness that pharmacists are a good source of information regarding medical devices and home monitoring equipment, including thermometers, glucose meters, breathing devices, and blood pressure monitors. This activity addresses the relationship between the pathophysiology of chronic disease, the appropriate use of home health monitoring equipment, and the role of the pharmacy technician in patient management.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Pharmacy Calculations: Concentrations, Dilutions, and Drug Dosing

This activity provides a review of pharmacy calculations that is aimed at increasing the technician's ability to solve math problems related to drug concentrations, dilutions, and individualized drug dosing to ensure that doses of medications are appropriate for each individual patient.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Pharmacy Calculations: Units of Measurement and Methods of Calculation

This activity is designed to improve the pharmacy technician's ability to solve math problems using dimensional analysis and ratio-proportion methods of calculation, converting between units of measurement, and determining the day's supply of medications.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours



Upcoming Webinars

One live webinar is available each month for 1 hour of live T-designated CE credit per month.

January 2017

Prescription/Drug Abuse, Preventing Overdose Deaths and the Legal Environment Regarding Access to Naloxone

Presenter: Kim Burns, R.Ph., J.D.
Date: January 25, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

February 2017

Advising Patients on Various Gastrointestinal Problems:
Part 1

Presenter: W. Steven Pray, Ph.D., D.Ph.
Date: February 22, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

March 2017

Advising Patients on Various Gastrointestinal Problems:
Part 2

Presenter: W. Steven Pray, Ph.D., D.Ph.
Date: March 29, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST