The Pharmacy Technician, 1st Edition © 2024

The Pharmacy Technician, published by Pearson, introduces students to the scope and skills of one of the fastest growing occupations in the country.

  • Aligned with the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)
  • Puts an emphasis on professionalism skills
  • Comprehensive coverage of Math calculations and dosages
  • Includes insurance basics

Prepares students with practical workplace skills

Ensure students are fully prepared to work in the pharmacy industry.


Expert Authorship

The text is authored by Mike Johnston, CPhT, the Founder & CEO of the National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA).


Workplace Ready Topics

Topics include law and insurance mandates, dosage calculations, pharmacology and basic anatomy & physiology.


Valuable Reference Information

Throughout the text students will find tables and charts they can refer to for quick reference or reminders.


Real-World Career Information

Students explore a variety of career options once they have earned their pharmacy technician certification.

Designed to appeal to all levels of learners

  • Enhance and Extend Learning
  • Reinforce Concepts and Skills
  • Student Activity Manual

Enhance and Extend Learning

  • Info
    Info features provide specific examples of the topic.
  • Profiles in Practice
    Profiles in Practice features provide real-life scenarios.
  • Procedures
    Procedures provide step-by-step reference for dosing and dispensing.

Reinforce Concepts and Skills

  • Chapter Summaries
    Chapter Summaries emphasize key points.
  • Review Questions
    Review Questions assess student comprehension.
  • Web Challenges
    Web Challenges familiarize students with online resources.

Student Activity Manual

  • Hands-on practice
    • Mixing applications
    • Dosing calculations
    • Dispensing practice

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Additional Resources for The Pharmacy Technician

  • Downloadable Teacher Resources
  • Teacher’s Wraparound Edition
  • Student Activity Manual
  • Test Bank with TestGen®
  • Visual Aid Presentations

Downloadable Teacher Resources

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Teacher’s Wraparound Edition

The valuable print Teacher’s Wraparound Edition includes the student edition page with point-of-use teaching tips, discussion questions, vocabulary support, and lesson plan suggestions for less advanced, more advanced and special needs students.

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Student Activity Manual

The print Student Activity Manual provides hands-on practice in mixing, dosing, and drug administration.

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Test Bank with TestGen®

The Test Bank includes multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and True/False questions for each chapter. TestGen helps you quickly create paper quizzes and tests that supplement the content in your textbook, without creating extra work for the teacher.

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Visual Aid Presentations

Available in both PowerPoint and Articulate Rise, begin each class session with an engaging review of objectives and key vocabulary terms.

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Frequently Asked Questions About The Pharmacy Technician

  • What topics are included in the Table of Contents?
    1. History of Pharmacy Practice
    2. The Professional Pharmacy Technician
    3. Communication and Customer Care
    4. Pharmacy Law and Ethics
    5. Terminology and Abbreviations
    6. Dosage Formulations and Routes of Administration
    7. Referencing and Drug Information Resources

    8. Retail Pharmacy
    9. Health-System Pharmacy
    10. Technology in the Pharmacy
    11. Inventory Management
    12. Insurance and Third-Party Billing
    13. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Products
    14. Introduction to Compounding
    15. Introduction to Sterile Products

    16. Basic Math Skills
    17. Measurement Systems
    18. Dosage Calculations
    19. Concentrations and Dilutions
    20. Allegations
    21. Parenteral Calculations
    22. Business Math

    23. The Body and Drugs
    24. The Skin
    25. The Eyes and Ears
    26. The Gastrointestinal System
    27. The Musculoskeletal System
    28. The Respiratory System
    29. The Cardiovascular, Circulatory, and Lymph Systems
    30. The Immune System
    31. The Renal System
    32. The Endocrine System
    33. The Reproductive System
    34. The Nervous System

    35. Medication Errors
    36. Workplace Safety and Infection Control
    37. Special Considerations for Pediatric and Geriatric Patients
    38. Biopharmaceuticals

    A. Common Over-the-Counter Products
    B. Top 200 Drugs
    C. Advanced Career Path Options
    D. Practice Certification Exams
  • What grade levels is this text appropriate for?
    Grades 11-12
  • What types of courses is this text best suited for?
    This program is designed for Introduction to Pharmacy, Pharmacology, and Pharmacy Technician courses.
  • What Student Resources are available?
    Available Student Resources include the print Student Edition, Student Activity Manual, and the Bookshelf by VitalSource® eText.
  • What Teacher Resources are available?
    Available Teacher Resources include the print Teacher’s Wraparound Edition, TestGen® Test Bank, PowerPoint® Presentations and Dynamic Rise Presentations.
  • What are the digital license options?
    Student digital access to the Bookshelf by VitalSource® eText can be purchased for 1 or 6 years.

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