Pharmacy Technicians

All the C.E. You Need for Your PTCB Recertification and
All Your State Requirements for Only $44.95

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

Purchase unlimited access to all 45 CE courses (75 credit hours) listed below for 2 years for the one-time fee of $44.95.

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, medication therapy management 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 60ยข per credit hour
  • Unlimited access to 45 courses and 75 credit hours, presented in a widely used Power-Pak C.E. format
  • Designed to meet 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 75 credit hours are available to you


POWER-PAK C.E. PHARMACY TECHNICIAN LIBRARY

List of CE Courses (Minimum of 75 CE hours always available)


USP General Chapter <800>: A Pharmacy Professional's Guide to Handling and Compounding Hazardous Drugs

This compounding CE activity presents information on the practice issues, standards, and regulatory framework related to the handling of and compounding hazardous drugs.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Pharmacy Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians: 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

Emergency Contraception: Key Concepts for the Pharmacy Technician

Designed to educate pharmacy technicians on the current clinical and regulatory information related to EC and describes the pharmacy technician's role in assisting patients and pharmacists with these products.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

USP General Chapter <797>: A Guide to Sterile Compounding for Pharmacy Personnel

To present requirements for establishing and maintaining policies, facilities, and personnel needed for production of sterile compounded preparations in accordance with laws, regulations, and standards in the United States.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Keeping up with Supply and Demand: Pharmacy Inventory Management

This activity is aimed to educate pharmacy technicians about effective and efficient inventory control practices in order to limit spoilage and improve patient care.

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

A Systems Approach to Improving Medication Safety

To improve the pharmacy technician's awareness of multiple underlying system failures that often lead to error, many of which can be identified through root cause analysis or assessed using case reviews or other investigative techniques.

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

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

Out with the Old! The Importance of Safe and Responsible Disposal of Medication

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.

2 T-designated CE Credit Hours

Regulation of Over-The-Counter Drugs

The goal of this lesson is to review for pharmacy technicians the regulatory oversight of Over-The-Counter (OTC) drugs and the risk of misuse and abuse of OTC drug. The content also reviews the type of restrictions that can be placed on OTC drugs to limit misuse and abuse along with the abuse liability of certain nonprescription products.

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

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

Appropriate Use of Self-Monitoring Devices: The Pharmacy Technician's Role: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

CURRENT CONCEPTS IN MEDICATION THERAPY MANAGEMENT

Module 1. What is Medication Therapy Management (MTM)?

This module provides pharmacy technicians with a basic understanding of medication therapy management (MTM) and how technicians can contribute to the process of MTM.

1 T-designated Credit hour

Module 2. Medication Therapy Management Procedures and Documents

This section explains MTM steps and procedures that are most relevant to pharmacy technicians, including the technician's role in generating and updating key MTM documents.

1.5 T-designated Credit hours

Module 3. Medication Reconciliation: Steps for the Pharmacy Technician

Through this module, pharmacy technicians will acquire skills needed to perform and support medication reconciliation procedures and develop a Personal Medication List (PML).

1 T-designated Credit hour

Module 4. How Can Technicians Help to Maximize Medication Safety?

Module 4 identifies ways in which the pharmacy technician can help reduce medication errors and maximize medication safety.

1.5 T-designated Credit hours

Module 5. Helping Patients with Drug Benefits and Coverage

Pharmacy technicians will be provided with necessary background and useful tools to assist patients in their decision-making about medication benefits and coverage.

1 T-designated Credit hour

Module 6. Importance of Chronic Disease Management in MTM

This module reviews core chronic disease states targeted in MTM and explains why chronic disease management is a critical goal in MTM.

1 T-designated Credit hour

Module 7. Polypharmacy and MTM

A comprehensive review of polypharmacy, this module identifies for pharmacy technicians how reducing and/or managing multiple medications as a primary goal of MTM.

1.5 T-designated Credit hours

Module 8. Medication Use Among Older Adults

To participate in MTM, pharmacy technicians need to understand aspects of medication use applicable to older adults, including differing response to medications and risks of therapies.

1 T-designated Credit hour

Module 9. Generic Drugs and Therapeutic Equivalence

This module identifies for pharmacy technicians the principles of generic substitution and therapeutic equivalence and the role of these concepts in MTM.

1 T-designated Credit hour

Module 10. Controlled Substances and Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategies (REMS)

Some medications have specific restrictions due to controlled substance schedules or REMS programs. This module teaches pharmacy technicians about these programs affect the MTM process.

1 T-designated Credit hour

Module 11. Arranging for Reimbursement of MTM Services

This Module identifies the systems by which pharmacists can obtain reimbursement for provision of MTM services and the role of technicians in processing these documents.

0.5 T-designated Credit hour

CURRENT CONCEPTS IN DIABETES MANAGEMENT

Module 1. Diabetes Defined: Pathophysiology

This module provides pharmacy technicians with the foundation to understand the pathophysiology of Diabetes Mellitus (DM), focusing on Type 1 DM and Type 2 DM. Diabetes is one of the most frequently encountered chronic health conditions in the pharmacy setting.

2.0 T-designated Credit hours

Module 2. Identifying Oral Agents Used to Treat Diabetes

In this section pharmacy technicians will learn current treatment guidelines for patients with Type 2 Diabetes, focusing on oral agents. This module contains drug dosing recommendations as well as adverse reactions of these agents. Open-ended questions to ask patients who are taking oral diabetes agents to assess the need for a consultation with a pharmacist are also included.

2.0 T-designated Credit hours

Module 3. Non-Insulin Injectable Diabetes Medications

This module covers the proper use and mechanism of action of the newer class of agents to treat diabetes; the non-insulin injectables. These drugs work in a variety of ways to achieve diabetes control. Injection technique, barriers to use, and drawbacks to this type of therapy, as well as tips of when to refer a patient for a pharmacist consultation are included.

2.0 T-designated Credit hours

Module 4. Blood Glucose Monitoring

This module covers an essential piece to understanding how to achieve good diabetes control; self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG). SMBG is the basis for any diabetes program that is established in the pharmacy. Interpretation of data will be discussed as well as accuracy of meters and the proper way to use home blood glucose meters.

1.5 T-designated Credit hours

Module 5. Understanding Insulin Therapy

This module covers a comprehensive review of insulin therapy in diabetes care, both for the 1 and type 2 patient. This course covers the principals of basal/bolus insulin regimens as well as how insulin is dosed. Injection techniques and barriers to insulin therapy are discussed. This 2.5-credit course takes a deep dive into the why and how to develop a good treatment plan for patients using insulin.

2.5 T-designated Credit hours

Module 6. Insulin Safety

This patient safety focused module covers the potential hazards of insulin use and how to inject insulin accurately and safely. The importance of understanding how insulin is dosed (in units) and why only insulin syringes must be used when injecting insulin is highlighted along with other safety concerns of this important medication in diabetes care.

1.5 T-designated Credit hours

Module 7. Exercise for Better Health

This module addresses the benefits of exercise in patients with diabetes. This segment includes different types of exercise that fit all patient profiles, even those with existing diabetic complications.

2.0 T-designated Credit hours

Module 8. Healthy Eating with Diabetes

This module provides information on how patients with diabetes can achieve good eating habits. Portion sizes and proper understanding of food labels are discussed, as well as what a balanced diet looks like.

2.0 T-designated Credit hours

Module 9. The Role of the Pharmacy Technician in Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Services and the Importance of the Complete Medication Review

This module explains how MTM works in a pharmacy along with how patients are identified for an MTM review. It also highlights the importance of the Completed Medication Review and how the pharmacy technician can be involved in this process.

1.0 T-designated Credit hour



Upcoming Webinars

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

July 2017

Diabetes

Presenter: Brooke Hudspeth, PharmD
Date: July 26, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

August 2017

Immunizations

Presenter: Michael Hogue, PharmD
Date: August 31, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

September 2017

Motivational Interviewing: Focusing on Communication About Vaccines

Presenter: Clark Kebodeaux PharmD, BCACP
Date: September 27, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

October 2017

Hypertension

Presenter: Darrell Hulisz, PharmD
Date: October 25, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

November 2017

OSHA

Presenter: Michael Hogue, PharmD
Date: November 16, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

December 2017

Coming Soon!

Presenter: TBD.
Date: December TBD, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

January - December 2018

Coming Soon!

Presenter: TBD.
Date: TBD, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST