September/October 2019 Pharmacy Tech Lessons — Lawson State Community College Bessemer Campus

September/October 2019 Pharmacy Tech Lessons — Lawson State Community College Bessemer Campus

Classroom Content for this course is as follows:

September_October 2019 Course Syllabus and Calendar

Sept Oct 2019 Lessons for Pharmacy Techs

Training materials prior to externship: 


Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

OIG Exclusion

Externship Content for this course is as follows:

Externship 2019


September 10 2019 Lecture on Lesson 1 —

September 18 2019 Review of Lessons 1, 2, 3, and 4 in preparation for Exam 1 —

Part 1 of September 18 2019 session 

Part 2 of September 18 2019

September 24 2019

October 2 2019 

prepare for exam: 25 questions, multiple choice


Exam 1

Exam 2

Additional Links:  

Lab PDF: Lab PDF Session for 2019 Students


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Pharmacy Technician Lessons 2019

The course will be completed using your standard textbooks and my lesson manual.

I will upload my personal lecture audio under this post throughout our 8 weeks together.

The lesson manual includes content covering 8 lessons, quizzes, previous final exams, and information pertaining to how to conduct yourself on externship. Please use this manual as your guide to complete this course. It will take both in class and out of class studying to complete each of the 8 lessons. Each lesson should take you at least 4 hours to cover.

Please refer back to the lessons as needed.

I will not print lessons, it is up to you to follow the material accordingly. The links are below.


Lawson State Community College

1100 Ninth Ave SW

Bessemer, AL 35022

Classroom to be used: Ethel Hall Building – Room 201

Time:  9:00am – 10:30am

PDF’s for download:

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Lessons for the Pharmacy Technician 2019

Course Syllabus May-June 2019 Lawson Pharmacy Technician



May 1, 2019 Lecture on Lesson 1 :

Part 1:

Part 2:

May 7, 2019 Lecture on Lesson 2: 

Part 1:

Part 2:

May 14, 2019 Quiz 1: 

Quiz 1 will be given on May 14, 2019. You will have 45 minutes to complete the quiz (9am – 945am). There will be a brief break and then a review of the quiz by your instructor for the remainder of the class.

Quiz 2 for May 15, 2019 will be rescheduled. We will instead cover Lesson 3 and go into more depth review of the material thus far.  We will also have a lab to get hands on knowledge of the material covered.

Homework — please continue to keep studying the top 200 drugs from your text. You should now be memorizing pages 4, 5, and 6 of the top 200 from your workbook.

Quiz 1 May 2019

Quiz 1 Answers May 2019

The class average for quiz 1 was 68%.

May 15, 2019 

May 15, 2019 Audio Part 1:

May 15, 2019 Audio Part 2:

Quiz 2 will be next Wednesday May 22, 2019 over the top 200. Use previous quizzes from last year to study for Quiz 2. There will be 75 questions on quiz 2 and you will have 1 hour to complete the quiz.

To receive extra credit on quiz 2, please look over the top 200 and type up a summary on 25 drugs of your choice. For each medication — list the brand name of the drug, the generic name of the drug, the classification of the drug, and the body part the drug acts on.

For example… ProAir HFA is an inhaler and is classified as a respiratory agent, the generic name is Albuterol HFA and the body part that the drug acts on is the lungs. The drug acts in a manner to open the airways so that a person can breath normally.

If you type up 25 drugs and do it as I’ve asked you, you can receive up to 25 points extra credit on quiz 2. Remember, it must be typed!!! And you must turn this in on Tuesday May 21, 2019 to receive credit. 

Please continue to look over the externship material. Sign the final page of the agreement, informing me that you’re committed to a 40 hour externship, and please talk to DHR and/or JCCEO to inform them of your intentions to become a registered pharmacy technician — you need to be registered prior to going on externship. This costs $103.

Tuesday May 21, 2019 we reviewed Lesson 3 and began covering Lesson 4. We finished the first problem in Lesson 5. Please work on the second question in Lesson 5 and read Chapter 6.

Audio from Tuesday May 21, 2019:

Wednesday May 22, 2019 the second quiz for this session was administered.

Quiz 2 2019 and Quiz 2 2019 – Answers

After taking into account the 25 point bonus — the class average for quiz 2 was 77.8%

A review of Chapter 6 continued during this lecture post quiz. Please continue to work on Chapter 6 and review Lesson 1-Lesson 5 for class next week.

Tuesday May 28, 2019 the third quiz was administered by Janiece. All those present received a 100% on the quiz.

Wednesday May 29, 2019 we completed Lesson 7 — please continue to review Lesson 7. We reviewed Lesson 5.

Lecture Audio May 29, 2019:

For Quiz 4 prepare in this way:

  • Memorize section A conversions from Lesson 5
  • Be prepared to answer multiple choice questions that relate to prescription examples Baby Girl Roberts, Janet Jackson, and Henry Ford from Lesson 5.
  • Lastly, review the Alligation Hydrocortisone example that can be found on page 184 in your text. This example will be used for your quiz.

June 4, 2019 the quiz will be 25 questions. We will then review Quiz 4 –> proceed to  a lab on compounding –> and review Lesson 8. 

Please review your syllabus, our time together is nearing the end. 

June 4 — Quiz 4 and practical compounding lab

June 18 — Final Exam

June 19 — Review of the Final Exam administered on the 18th and Final Grades

  • Please continue to study, work diligently on your pharmacy technician registration, work on your resume’, and begin submitting applications to local pharmacies
  • If you find a job as a pharmacy technician or as a pharmacy cashier prior to externship, you will  not have to complete an externship.

50 point extra credit!!!!!!

Write two paragraphs describing each lesson that we have completed thus far. We have completed Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7. 

Give 2 examples from each lesson and why each example is important in becoming a pharmacy technician.

For example in your paragraph you describe Pharmacy Technician Registration in the State of Alabama…

 In Lesson 1 we discussed how to become registered as a pharmacy technician. It is important that pharmacy technicians know that in the State of Alabama we register by using The annual fee is $103 with renewals occurring in odd years.

Remember 2 examples from each lesson, each example should be 1 paragraph in length. This must be typed. 12 point font. Times New Roman. Double spaced.

June 4 2019

June 4 2019 Audio

Quiz 4 2019

lab 2 2019

If anytime remains we will begin covering Lesson 8.

Externships will be emailed out this Friday June 8, 2019. It is your responsibility to contact the Pharmacy Managers/Lead Technicians to setup days that you can complete your 40 hours of training. You will have 3 weeks to complete training. You are exempt from externship if you have found a job in Pharmacy.

June 11 2019 — Janiece will cover Lesson 8/Discuss Externship

June 12 2019 — Practice Final Examination/Discuss Externship

Link to practice final exam — please use your books and internet to study

Session 2 — July 31, 2018 — Final Exam

The final exam will be 60 questions, you will have the full class session to complete.

Topics to cover: pharmacy workflow, prescription benefit card, math conversions, sig codes, pharmacy law, brand/genetics, and pharmacy math!

June 18 2019 — Final Exam/Questions/Discuss Externship — we need copies of your pharmacy tech registrations!

June 19 2019 — Final Grades/Review Final Exam/Questions/Discuss Externship

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Session 2 — August 1, 2018 — Last Class Session

Session 2 — August 1, 2018 — Last Class Session

Congratulations on being complete!

Session 2 was successful. Six students completed this non-credit course and did well. They are now prepared to become registered pharmacy technicians and begin the process of becoming functional/capable assistants to practicing Pharmacists in a community pharmacy setting.

The final session consisted of talking, encouragement, and a review of the Session 2 — Final Exam.

Review the Audio of this Session: 

The final day of class we took pictures:

If you enjoyed this session please continue to follow my blog and share your reviews of the lecture materials. Review Session 2 Materials if you would like to have a RECAP. T-Shirts commemorating this session are available for purchase on BUY MERCH — T-SHIRTS SOLD on AMAZON

Lastly, the highlight of the session is when the students took over and became the teachers of the material — that really shows their passion and grasp of the material covered. Check it out yourself!


Thanks again for the memories and congratulations to those that completed the session!

August 1st 2018 😉


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Session 2 — July 18, 2018 — Lecture 7

Session 2 — July 18, 2018 — Lecture 7


Labetalol 10mg/ml recipe used, recipe can be found using the following link:

  • Prescriber: Dr. House
  • Dose: 50mg BID
  • Days Supply: QS to 30 Days
  • Pharmacy Dispensing: Sam’s Discount Pharmacy
  • RX# 0023 Date Rx Written: 7/12/2018 Date Rx Compounded: 7/18/2018
  • Fictional Patient Name: Fred Johnson
  • Compounding Standards used was USP 795:
  • Pharmacist: S. Blakemore




  1. How many ml’s must be dispensed for 30 day supply? 300ml
  2. What is the patient’s dose in milliliters? 5ml bid
  3. Would it be appropriate to dispense a 30 day supply? No, the stability is only 28 days, but to keep compounding simple, we will use a round number and dispense 300ml.
  4. How many tablets will we need to compound this prescription? 10mg/ml x 5ml = 50mg/dose x 2 doses/day =100mg/day x 30 days = 3000mg. To compound we will use 300mg tablets. 3000mg/300mg/tablet = 10 tablets will be used to compound.


Homework: Review Compounding Log, Review Compounding Recipe, Create a Prescription Label based on Alabama Law


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Session 2 — July 17, 2018 — Lecture 6

Session 2 — July 17, 2018 — Lecture 6

This lecture will be conducted by Janiece, a Certified Pharmacy Technician. There will be no audio recorded for this lecture. The lecture and lab will consist of the following:

  1. Brief Lecture covering Drug Information: Lecture 8 — April 25, 2018
  2. Lab: Errors and Omissions — Prescriptions Labeling based on Alabama Law: Alabama Law Regarding Prescription Labeling

In addition please review Lecture 5 and the following content to be prepared for your Quiz. 

  1. Please Review: Errors and Omissions — July 12, 2018
  2. Please Review: Lecture 6–April 19, 2018
  3. Please Review Answers: Answers to Lecture 6 & 7 Handout

Quiz: To be Posted Upon Completion


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Session 2 — Quiz 3 — July 5, 2018

Session 2 — Quiz 3 — July 5, 2018

Audio for Session 2 — Lecture 4 — July 5, 2018 will be published next Wednesday July 11, 2018 

Please review Quiz 3

After reviewing this Quiz, please review Session 2 — Quiz 1 & Quiz 2 PDF Documents

Please review the links from the previous post Preparation for Quiz 3 and lecture on July 5th 2018

Keep Studying! This session is almost complete!

For questions please feel free to contact me. Have a great weekend!


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Preparation for Quiz 3 and lecture on July 5th 2018

Preparation for Quiz 3 and lecture on July 5th 2018

Page 3 & 4 from Top 200 Handout

Prescription Workflow

Sig Codes & Measurements

Days Supply Calculations


We will continue our discussion on Prescription Processing and Chapter 13 from our notes –> Then we will shift gears into Prescription Benefits

In the meantime, please review the following links: 

Prescriptive Authority of Health Professionals in Alabama

Limited Purpose Schedule II Permit for CRNP and PA

Measurements for Pharmacy Techs

Sig Codes for Pharmacy Techs

YouTube Video #1 Prescription Workflow

YouTube Video #2 Prescription Workflow

Calculate the DEA Number to ensure the prescription is LEGIT!

Search National Provider Identifier Database

Prescription Benefits Processing — Which Card do you use at the Pharmacy?