This is basically what you need to review for the exam. It's not ALL you need, however.
If you have no previous pharmacy experience: 1. Read an actual text, such as The Pharmacy Technician by Perspective Press 2. Then use a review book, such as Mosby's Review for the Pharmacy Technician
If you have the general gist of pharmacy, the CD that comes with this book is pretty much all you need. The CD contains flashcards, a study mode, and an exam mode for you to practice reviewing and testing in a format similar to the real test.
If you don't know what to study: 1. Calculations and conversions (flow rates, alligations, dosages, etc.--know these solidly) 2. Drug regulation laws/agencies (HIPAA, DEA forms, FDA, etc.)
By taking practice tests, you will pick up on random tidbits of information and begin to recognize drug names. Take a lot, because there were questions on the actual test I had seen before. As for the Top 200 drugs, you don't know which ones will be asked on the test, so just guess on these or familiarize yourself with a few.
Overall, I recommend these 2 books for anyone who wants to take the PTCB Exam:
1. The Pharmacy Technician by Perspective Press 2. Mosby's Review for the Pharmacy Technician
This is the review from a 20 year old male with no medical experience whatsoever.
1) Do not try to pass the exam with just this resource. The text that accompanies the practice tests is not enough knowledge to pass any of the tests at all. You cannot pass with just the knowledge in this book, and a lot of the material covered is not thoroughly explained. I recommend two other resources: formal education (university, course, etc.), or the The Pharmacy Technician (4e).
2) This book has so many practice questions for you to utilize. Do it. Use the questions on the disc, as it is less of a hassle.
3) There are many typos and wrong answers in the practice questions. It's maybe one wrong answer for every two practice exams. Some of the errors are pretty major. But, if you are a responsible person and receive the formal training or read The Pharmacy Technician, then you will catch most of these errors and not study mistakes. I wouldn't worry so much about this, but it's something to be aware of. The first mistake I encountered, I trusted the book and therefore wasted a lot of time trying to understand my "mistake" only to find out that it was a typographical error.
4) Even if you read The Pharmacy Technician, read the text that comes with this book too, as you'll find it gives you a different perspective and sometimes different approaches for solving problems which may make some light bulbs turn on.
5) This book is worth every penny because of the software. Buy it, and I promise if you use it properly then you will pass.
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I bought this book after taking a class at a career college for a year, and seeing a copy of it on my pharmacy tech program director's desk. This book is also sold in Barnes and Noble, but I would recommend getting it off Amazon as it is much cheaper! Anyways, on to the review. I wasn't sure what to think of this book when I first got it. There just seemed to be so much information in there, that at times it was hard to know where to start. (Let me also just say that I took the ExCPT exam, not the PTCB as my state will recognize either one, and the ExCPT exam was cheaper and you got your results back right away, go to [...] for more info) So I started reading through the chapters one at a time. The book is split up into three sections, each focusing on a different area of the test, with Chapter review questions at the end of each Chapter. The book also contains seven practice exams, and comes with a CD-ROM that has ten more practice exams on it. I would suggest studying everything. I also liked that the practice test format was the same as on the national test, in other words there were 100 multiple choice questions on the practice tests, and 100 on the national test. I also found it helpful that on the CD-ROM there were over 600 flash cards covering brand/generic name drugs, abbreviations, supplement and vitamin information etc. Also the CD-ROM practice tests are good because there are two ways to study. You can either study by taking a timed practice test, which gives you an hour to complete the 100 questions, and you wait till the end of the test to get your feedback, or you can take an untimed test with 100 questions and get immediate feeback on whether your answer was right or wrong, as well as the rationale for why.Read more ›
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I bought this book for the CD w/practice tests, but there are WAY TOO MANY ERRORS!!!! It would be humorous if my passing the PTCB exam were not dependent upon this review, but it really makes me mad. There are math errors, for one thing, so you spend tons of time trying to figure why you got the problem wrong, and it turns out to be the CD!! Or huge errors in drug names---wow!!!---I would venture to say out of every 100 questions, there are 4 to 5 errors, with wrong answers.....to me, that is a lot.
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