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Definitely one study guide that’s worth considering, even if only thinking about becoming a CphT ...
on July 17, 2017
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Examination (PTCE) is a test that accesses the skill sets that “specifically correspond to required knowledge for performing technical and production duties in the pharmacy.” In the introduction in this book you’ll learn about all the requirements and pre-qualifications you’ll need to actually schedule a test. A pharmacy technician will “assist patients, interact with physicians and nurses, are responsible for the administrative responsibilities of the pharmacy, and help prepare prescription and compounded medications.” It’s certainly not a career path for the faint of heart.
Glancing around online told me things such as the fact that the PTCE will cost $129 and will be held at at Pearson-VUE Professional Testing Center. There’s a lot of information in the introduction of the book that gives anyone wanting to enter the field a good idea of what to expect. The PTCE is “a computer-generated multiple-choice exam that contains ninety questions” and takes a couple of hours. The scores range from 1000 to 1600 and in order to become a CphT (certified pharmacy technician), you’ll have to have a broad-based skill set.
There are several “unseen” resources that come with this book, including an online practice test and a YouTube video. In the front matter / introduction you’ll learn what a pharmacy technician is, the qualifications you’ll need to have, the responsibilities, the settings in which a CphT will work, the future of the field, information about national certification, what the PTCB is, what you’ll need to know in order to pass it, what happens “after the PTCE,” and you’ll read about the code of conduct.
There are numerous informative tables, black and white photographs, figures, as well as a full-length practice test. One table that most will find especially useful is the one on pharmacy abbreviations, the Common Sig Codes. The abbreviation is followed by the abbreviation, the meaning, and the category. For example: agit. / shake, stir / other (category). Definitely one study guide that’s worth considering, even if only thinking about becoming a CphT.
•► PTCB SUBJECTS / PERCENTAGES:
Pharmacy Law and Ethics (12.50%)
Medication Safety (12.50%)
Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding (8.75%)
Quality Assurance (7.50%)
Medication Order and Fill Process (17.50%)
Inventory Management (8.75%)
Billing and Reimbursement (8.75%)
Information System Usage and Application (10.00%)
Pharmacy Math and Calculations
Each one of these categories has a brief explanation of of the subjects and and skill sets that will be on the PTCB. There are also some flash cards available for purchase as a complementary resource for this test. I do have them and find they are an invaluable study asset. No on says you have to stick with one book as brand loyalty isn’t necessary when studying. I do like a variety of materials and there are several out there. There is no DVD included in this book, but is available by request after posting a review.
This book courtesy of the publisher.