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A Note from the Author
Many pharmacy technicians are concerned about their readiness for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). There are a lot of terms, drug classifications, and other information to memorize before test day. But don’t worry, REA has designed this flashcard book and online assessment tools to help you completely prepare for the PTCE.
As you begin your study, be sure to focus on the drug names. There is a high probability that out of the 90 multiple-choice PTCE questions, any medication-related question will be focused on the top 100 drug names and their respective classes. Don’t underestimate the importance of learning, at minimum, the top 100 brand and generic drug names.
The popular drug names included in this book are written using the Tall Man lettering system, which uses uppercase letters to differentiate between sound-alike and look-alike drugs. In this case, I used the Tall Man lettering to highlight the similarities in the prefixes or suffixes of drugs belonging to the same drug class. Noticing the similarities will help you master learning the drug names and their respective classification.
As you prepare for the PTCE it is also of equal importance to learn the major drug classifications and their associated side effects and interactions. The drug names flashcards include the major side effects and interactions—but not all of the interactions and side effects are listed. Furthermore, a lot of drugs have many off-label uses, but for our purposes it is important to be familiar with the primary uses of the drugs.
When you take the PTCE, I recommend that you take your time and read all the answer choices carefully. Flag any questions you’re unsure of. Review these questions if you have additional time. Do not leave any questions unanswered. If you absolutely cannot figure out a question, make an educated guess. Use any remaining time to review all your answers.
If you are comfortable with all the topics covered in this flashcard book there is no reason why you can’t pass the PTCE. Take your time preparing, review any areas where you feel you need extra practice, and relax before the exam.
Good luck on the PTCE!
Della Ata Khoury, CPhT, MA, BS, BA
Welcome to REA's PTCE Flashcard Book
Being a Pharmacy Technician is a rewarding career, and REA wants to help you succeed on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). Our flashcards are based on the content tested on the PTCE and will help you test your knowledge in every area of the exam.
This book includes 400 flashcards divided as follows:
100 flashcards focused on the top 100 brand/generic drug names including their respective drug classes, indications, side effects, and special considerations
50 flashcards focused on pharmaceutical terms and abbreviations
250 flashcards focused on PTCE review material divided as follows:
165 flashcards on “Assisting the Pharmacist in Serving Patients”
55 flashcards on “Maintaining Medication and Inventory Control Systems”
30 flashcards on “Participating in the Administration and Management of Pharmacy Practice”
These flashcards are broken down by PTCE test topics and include multiple-choice questions with detailed answer explanations. The questions are similar to what you will encounter on the PTCE.
The online REA Study Center includes:
3 quizzes made up of questions from the book, with the added benefits of powerful scoring analysis and diagnostic tools that identify your strengths and weaknesses to help focus your study. e-flashcards
Our e-flashcard app comes with 150 of the book's flashcards plus the ability to create your own cards. And, since you can access the flashcards online or on your smartphone, you can practice anytime you have a free moment.
How to Use REA's PTCE Study System
There are many different ways to prepare for the PTCE. What’s best for you depends on how much time you have to study and how comfortable you are with the subject matter. To score your highest, you need a study system that can be customized to fit you: your schedule, your learning style, and your current level of knowledge.
This flashcard book and online tools will help you personalize your PTCE prep by testing your understanding, pinpointing your weaknesses, and delivering flashcard materials unique to you. REA’s PTCE flashcards are an excellent way to refresh your knowledge and check your test-readiness before exam day.
Let’s Get Started:
Review the Flashcards in the Book
Study the flashcards in the book. See how much you know about the topics tested on the PTCE.
Test Yourself & Get Feedback
After you review with the book, go to the online REA Study Center and test yourself with our three topic-level quizzes. The online quizzes are made up of questions from the book. However, they have the added benefits of powerful scoring analysis and diagnostic tools that identify your strengths and weaknesses. Detailed score reports show you what you already know and pinpoint where you need to spend more time studying.
Improve Your Score with e-Flashcards
Armed with your score reports, you’ll be able to see exactly which topics you need to review. Use this information to create your own flashcards for the areas where you are weak. And, because you will create these flashcards through the REA Study Center, you’ll be able to access them from any computer or smartphone. Not sure what to put on your flashcards? Our PTCE Flashcard app comes with 150 flashcards from the book to get you started.