Session 2 — June 14, 2018 — Lecture 1

Session 2 — June 14, 2018 — Lecture 1

PDF of Syllabus Session 2: Syllabus Session-2 June-August 2018

PDF of Lecture 1 Notes: Lecture 1 — June 14, 2018

MP4 Audio of Lecture 1:


Homework: Please review the web-links in the PDF documents. Study Lecture 1 Notes — do appropriate web-searches of the material outlined in the Lecture Notes. Review Top 200 quiz on PTCB Website:


Have a great weekend and questions or concerns please feel free to email.


April-May 2018 Lecture Series

April-May 2018 Lecture Series

The goal is simple….

Free Pharmacy Technician content to improve access for folks wishing to become Registered and Ready to Work. While the content provided isn’t like being directly in the classroom with us — it is a beginning to help you figure out if this is the career for you.

Please share with folks interested in becoming Registered Pharmacy Technicians. In particular, folks wanting to be licensed in the State of Alabama.

The second session to this lecture series will begin in the coming weeks. Please feel free to contact me via LinkedIn. If you’re interested in joining our class please contact Lawson State’s Ready to Work program.

Link to: Pharmacy Technician 101 Syllabus

Link to: Pharmacy Technician 101 — Lecture 1 & Lecture 2

Link to: Lecture 3–Chapter 7 & 16

Link to: Lecture 4–April 11

Link to: Lecture 5, 6, and 7 — Review

Link to: Lecture 6–April 19, 2018

Link to: Lecture 7– April 24, 2018

Link to: Lecture 8 — April 25, 2018

Link to: Lecture 9 & 10 — May 1 & May 3, 2018

Link to: Lecture 11, 12, 13, and 14 — May 8, 9, 15, 17 2018

Link to: Lecture 14 & Quiz 4 — May 17th

Link to: Final Exam — May 22 & 23 2018

Link to: Final Exam — PDF of Exam Administered May 22, 2018 & Lecture May 23, 2018

Content in PDF Format

Quizzes: Quiz 1Quiz 2Quiz 3Quiz 4

Days Supply Questions & Answers: Answers- Pharmacy Math-Days Supply

Answers: Quiz 1 AnswersQuiz 2 AnswersQuiz 3 AnswersQuiz 4 Answer Key

Final: Final Exam Answers to Final: Answers Final Exam May 22,2018

Lecture Handouts:  lecture 1; Additional Content with Lecture 1Lecture 1 Questions and Answers; lecture 2Lecture 3-Chapter 7Lecture 3-Chapter 16Lecture 4– Chapter 13 and Chapter 6Lecture 6 & 7Chapter 18–Lecture 7Lecture 8– Chapter 4



Sam Blakemore is the Pharmacy Manager of Peds Rx Pharmacy Solutions. Connect with him via: LinkedIn


Final Exam — PDF of Exam Administered May 22, 2018 & Lecture May 23, 2018

Final Exam — PDF of Exam Administered May 22, 2018 & Lecture May 23, 2018

The Final Exam & Answer Key to link is below — error in question 51-56 Amoxicillin concentration should be 250mg/5ml

Final Exam

Answers Final Exam May 22,2018

Lecture May 23, 2018: 

This Final Exam concludes the April-May 2018 Non-credit Pharmacy Technician Section @ Lawson State Community College

There will be a second session beginning in the coming weeks — if you have interest in this program please contact Lawson State Community College’s “Ready to Work” program.

Final Exam — May 22 & 23 2018

Final Exam — May 22 & 23 2018

Final exam is Tuesday May 22, 2018

On Wednesday — May 23, 2018  we will review the Final Exam and give back your grades on the exam — We also will have a compounding lab where we review how to appropriately fill and label prescriptions.

Please work hard to do your best on this exam — you have two hours to take the exam, once completed you may leave.

This exam will determine your ability to move forward for license registration and externship.

On Wednesday we will have a compounding lab where we will review how to appropriately fill and label prescriptions.

To prepare for the exam please do the following:

  1. Review quizzes — Quiz 4 Answer Key Quiz 3 Answers Quiz 2 Answers Quiz 1 Answers
  2. Review Top 200 — Review Brand Generics for OTC products (Pain, Allergy)
  3. Review pharmacy abbreviations
  4. Review Pharmacy Law — In particular the quiz covering Pharmacy Law — Quiz 1 Answers
  5. Review Days Supply — Answers- Pharmacy Math-Days Supply
  6. Review your notes on Calculations from sessions led by Janiece

The Good Teacher

The Good Teacher

Teaching is difficult. Teachers — especially the great teachers, they just don’t receive enough credit. I have actively been teaching a non credit pharmacy technician class the past 8 weeks, while also performing Preceptor duties for 4th year Pharmacy School students.

What have I learned while doing both simultaneously? 

Obviously the biggest difference is that teaching in the community pharmacy is a more hands on experience in that there’s real life scenarios and people versus teaching in the classroom where there’s only the lecturer, student, book, and  white board/chalk board to convey the message.

In the classroom there’s the “audience effect”. You’re lecturing, and you can easily become the only speaker if there’s not a question you give your audience to answer.  Thus, you have to exert more of your body and brain energy into focused segments to convey an effective message.

This burden of energy expenditure being on the speaker/lecturer can be lightened only by actively engaging the student by using the white board, computer, or book to create examples and questions of real life scenarios.

Energy expenditure while teaching in the pharmacy is reduced in comparison to the classroom. The drugs, the patients, the real life scenarios are there to be be used as living examples of why the student must study physiology, pharmacology, infectious disease, pharmaceutics, and so on and so forth.

The student can easily view the drug by going to the shelf. They can learn the pharmacology and use of the drug by simply looking at the package insert that comes with the drug. They can observe the practicing pharmacist or pharmacy technician and learn from their behaviors, movements, speech, and thought process in working together as a team to produce the appropriate final product. The examples do not have to be created in the pharmacy — because the examples are there to be observed, studied, learned, and memorized for the present and future use with patients that day and the days ahead.

This accumulation of knowledge by the pharmacy student and pharmacy technician while on externship can produce a foundation of knowledge for how to talk, when to talk, when not to talk, and when to act.

First point… Good teaching isn’t a lecture, it’s a conversation.

Second point… Good teachers find common ground with the student — so that the thoughts expressed by the teacher can be easily understood by the student.

Third point…Good teachers find out what their student’s baseline of knowledge is.  By understanding their current knowledge or lack thereof — the Good teacher can elevate and motivate the student to an appropriate and/or desired level of competency.

Conclusion — I have a long way to go in becoming identified as one of the “good teachers”. However, I’ve identified these three points too consider while playing this role.


Sam Blakemore is the Pharmacy Manager of Peds Rx Pharmacy Solutions. Connect with him via: LinkedIn