Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Review

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01 Prerequisite Information

To achieve PTCB Certification, candidates must satisfy the following eligibility requirements. ExCPT certification, through administration of the ExCPT Pharmacy Technician Exam, is an assessment of each ...

02 Registration and Scheduling

Candidates apply for certification online. The cost to apply for certification and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is $129. The ExCPT costs $105 and is payable by credit card ...

03 Exam Day

In order to take the PTCE, all candidates must provide positive proof of identity by presenting a valid, unexpired, government-issued photo ID. In order to take the exam at a PSI/LaserGrade Testing Center ...

04 After the Exam

Candidates are allowed four attempts to pass the PTCE. Candidates must apply and pay for each attempt. Candidates who are unsuccessful at passing the PTCE must wait 60 days from the most recent attempt ...

05 Recertification

Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) are required to recertify every two years to maintain certification. PTCB's recertification requirements correspond with the bi-annual renewal schedule for professional ...

06 Quick Summarization on PTCE & ExCPT

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08 Fundamental Math Review

Decimal places let us quantify measurements with precision. From entering data into a computer to reading doctor prescriptions ...

09 Temperature Conversions

It's important to know how to convert between the Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales because refrigeration and handling instructions for medications may come in either format ...

10 Roman Numerals

Sometimes we'll see roman numerals on compounding formulas and prescriptions or even on sig codes / pharmacy abbreviations ...

11 Apothecaries', Avoirdupois & Metric Measurement Systems

In the metric system, we use the gram to measure units of weight, the liter to measure units of volume, and the meter to measure units of length. Measurements can vary in scale depending upon the ...

12 Standard Measurements of Weight, Volume & Length

Let's have a deeper look at some standard measurements of weight, volume and length as well as some household metric equivalents ...

13 Converting Measurements by Dimensional Analysis (Unit Factor Method)

Previously we had a look at different measurements systems. Now let's see how to convert between them. You already know that 1 pound = 16 ounces. Dimensional analysis, also known as the unit factor method ...

14 Ratio and Proportion

There are two types of ratios. Let's call them Ratio #1 and Ratio #2. Both describe the relationship between two or more quantities but with two main differences. The 1st difference is that Ratio #1 ...

15 Milligram Percents, Parts Per Million & Specific Gravity

Depending on your working environment, you may be required to produce various clinical laboratory test results. On these institutional reports, you'll see milligram percents (mg%) used to describe ...

16 Percent Strength & Percentage Concentrations (In Volume & Weight)

A medication's percent strength stands for how much of the active ingredient is present in the preparation, such as clotrimazole cream USP 1%. In a liquid preparation, this is grams per 100 mL or milliliters ...

17 Liquid & Solid Dilutions

Most students cringe when they think about liquid & solid dilutions. That's because most text books make this unnecessarily complicated and frustrating. Let's take that headache away by understanding ...

18 Intravenous (IV) Flow Rate Calculations

An IV administration set is used to administer (or infuse) an IV solution into a patient. When working with an IV administration set it is important to know how to obtain two types of "flow rates". The first type of ...

19 Milliequivalents

We'll commonly see milliequivalents (abbreviated mEq) used on labels for electrolytes. Electrolytes are micro-nutrients that dissociate (break down) into ions in water and are typically added to TPN ...

20 TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition) Calculations

Sometimes a patient is not able to process food normally through their digestive tract or even through an og (orogastric) or ng (nasogastric) tube. This means we need an alternative way to provide them with ...

21 Alligations

Alligations are used to figure out how much of a higher & lower percent strength of the same drug should be combined to make a desired amount of the drug at a new percent strength. This strength ...

22 Pediatric & Adult Dosage Calculations

Drug references like the United States Pharmacopoeia can supply dosage information for adults, but not always for children. Doses that can be taken by children are typically provided by the manufacturer ...

23 Pharmacy Business Math

Pharmacy non-prescription medications are typically priced by adding a markup percentage to their cost. This method of marking up prices on medications and other items is just one of many ways a pharmacy ...

24 Reconstituting Dry Powders

Some medications are provided to the pharmacy in powder form to be later reconstituted, or mixed, with diluents like water and other liquids to form different suspensions and solutions. These commercially ...

25 Prescriptions & DEA Numbers

Prescriptions may be written, sent as electronic orders, or verbally communicated directly to the pharmacist (at which point they must be written in a proper format, immediately). Prescriptions ...

26 Inventory Management, Medication Ordering & Schedule II Drugs

Although pharmacies can order drugs & ingredients directly from each manufacturer, they typically contract a primary wholesaler to supply them with these products instead. Pharmacies can have ...

27 Sterile Compounding, Non-Sterile Compounding & Aseptic Technique

When a prescription isn't available from a manufacturer it is compounded in the pharmacy. Extemporaneous compounding, is the act of compounding for a specific prescription or patient whereas ...

28 Laminar Flow Hoods & Biological Safety Cabinets

In a laminar air flow hood, room air is drawn into a horizontal hood and passed through a prefilter to remove large contaminants like dust and lint. The air is then channeled through a HEPA filter to remove ...

Pharmacy Laws & Significant Milestones in Food & Drug History With Dates

We have put together this BEAUTIFUL presentation for you on pharmacy laws & significant milestones in food & drug history. It is organized by date & includes pictures & links!


  1. Top 200 Drugs 2014 PTCB ExCPT

  2. Medical Terminology – Prefixes

  3. Medical Terminology – Root Words

  4. Medical Terminology – Suffixes

  5. Dosage Form Abbreviations

  6. Drug Abbreviations

  7. JCAHO Do Not Use List

  8. Medical Abbreviations

  9. Pharmacy Sig Codes

  10. Refrigerated Drugs & Medications

Additional Information (via ISMP)

  1. ISMP List of High-Alert Medications in Community/Ambulatory Healthcare

  2. ISMP List of High-Alert Medications in Acute Care Settings

  3. ISMP’s List of Error-Prone Abbreviations, Symbols, & Dose Designations

  4. Look-Alike & Sound-Alike Name Pairs:

    ISMP’s List of Confused Drug Names

  5. FDA & ISMP Lists of Look-Alike Drug Names With Recommended Tall Man Letters

  6. Standard Concentrations of Neonatal Drug Infusions

  7. Oral Dosage Forms That Should Not Be Crushed

  8. FDA Safety Alerts For Drugs & Medication-Related Medical Devices

High-Alert Medications: Consumer Leaflets With Safety Tips (via ISMP)

  1. Warfarin

  2. Lovenox (Enoxaparin)

  3. Fentanyl Patches

  4. Methotrexate

  5. Hydrocodone with Acetaminophen

  6. Oxycodone with Acetaminophen

  7. Humalog (Insulin Lispro)

  8. NovoLog (Insulin Aspart)

  9. Lantus (Insulin Glargine)

  10. Apidra (Insulin Glulisine)

  11. Levemir (Insulin Detemir)

Additional Resource Links

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