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Pharmacy Labs for Technicians

Pharmacy Labs for Technicians


Edition: 4

Copyright: 2020

Pages: 568

Ideal for a stand-alone pharmacy lab course or for the lab portion of a pharmacy practice course, Pharmacy Labs for Technicians teaches students detailed lab procedures and skills using hands-on practice. Students learn both administrative and clinical procedures such as filling prescriptions, compounding medications, and preparing compounded sterile preparations.


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Jason Philip Sparks, MEd, CPhT, CPhT-Adv (NPTA), PhTR, has more than 20 years of experience in education, product management, and pharmacy practice as a pharmacy technician.

He has contributed to learner success by building solutions by leading product teams at Swing Education, eLumen, Learning Objects, Instructure, and Blackboard. He has taught courses in pharmacy practice, law, mathematics, medical ethics, business, and academic success across the U.S., including The George Washington University School of Business, Cedar Valley College in Dallas, Arkansas State University—Mid-South, and Austin Community College.

Jason has been recognized for his contributions to the profession of pharmacy and advancing the role of the pharmacy technician by the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council (PTEC), the Texas Pharmacy Association, and the Capital-Area Pharmacy Association.

He has also served the profession as a twenty-year veteran member and former president of the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council (PTEC). Jason loves to solve problems faced by learners and educators. His passions include pedagogy, student engagement, instructional design, product management, the proper use of technology to enable learning, and assessment.

When not focusing on the evolving needs of learners and the use of emerging technology, such as the application of generative artificial intelligence and large language models or enterprise technologies, Jason enjoys time traveling (10 countries, 45 states, and counting!), spending time with family, enjoying a well-made cup of coffee, and enjoying the outdoors across Austin, Texas.

Jason holds a Master of Education in Career and Technology Education focusing on human performance and the assurance of learning and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas State University—San Marcos, as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technology from Weatherford College in Weatherford, Texas. He earned PTCB pharmacy technician certification in 2001 and registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy in 2004. Jason earned his CPhT-Adv (NPTA) credential in 2023.


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Lisa McCartney, MEd, CPhT, PhTR, has been a certified instructor in sterile compounding and aseptic technique (SCAT) since 1997. She is the department chair for the ASHP/ACPE-accredited pharmacy technician program at Austin Community College (ACC) where she also serves as the lead educator responsible for training certified SCAT Instructors throughout the U.S. through the ACPE-accredited continuing pharmacy education (CPE) providership at ACC. 

Lisa has been educating and training pharmacy technicians since 1999 and has worked as a pharmacy technician for more than 40 years, with over 15 years as a lead IV trainer and pharmacy supervisor in a level I trauma center. She became a PTCB-certified pharmacy technician in 1995 and has been registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) since 2005. She received her pharmacy technician AAS degree from Weatherford College, Weatherford, Texas in 2008. In 2011, she received her BAAS degree in occupational education, and in 2013 her master’s degree in education from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

An award-winning professional, Lisa was the 2011 International NISOD Award winner for Teaching and Leadership Excellence. In 2012, she received the Roy Kemp award from the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council, and in 2013, the Mike Knapp award from the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Lisa has served in leadership positions on the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council and the technician executive committee for the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and has served on the PTCB Sterile Compounding Task Force, PTCB Stakeholders Conference, and the TSBP Sterile Compounding Task Force. Lisa co-authored Paradigm’s Pharmacy Labs for Technicians and is the author of the first edition of Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique.


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Nicole Davis, CPhT, became a pharmacy technician in 2001 and PTCB-certified in 2003. As both a certified pharmacy technician and the district pharmacy training coordinator for a well-known pharmacy chain, she has experience in retail pharmacy, technician training and education, and curriculum development. In 2007, Nicole became the department chair and program coordinator for the ASHP/ACPE-accredited pharmacy technician program at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She strives to learn as much as possible to ensure her students receive the latest educational opportunities—she became certified in extemporaneous compounding, credentialed in online pedagogy, and trained in providing IV certification and education. Her program was recognized with the Outstanding CTE Program award by the state of Colorado in 2009. It was the first accredited program to offer an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Certificate in the state and it remains the only Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Pharmacy Technology available in Colorado.

Nicole has served as a reviewer and contributing writer on several pharmacy technician training texts and manuals, and she served on the inaugural advisory board for pharmacy technicians for Paradigm Education Solutions. Additionally, she has volunteered as a co-surveyor for ASHP’s pharmacy technician program accreditation team, and she is a committed advocate for standardized education and training requirements. In 2019, Nicole worked with her program faculty and the Colorado Pharmacist Society to help pass legislation for the state of Colorado to require national certification and state registration for all practicing pharmacy technicians. Nicole will serve on the PTCB Education Subcommittee in 2020 for a one-year term, and she enjoys working to further support and provide advanced opportunities for pharmacy technicians.


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Wendy Lubin, MS, CPhT, is the Allied Health Department Chair with Colorado State University and oversees all the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, including the Pharmacy Technician program. Wendy began her career working at Safeway Pharmacy as a certified pharmacy technician during her undergraduate career. She received her Bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in psychology at the University of Colorado Denver. Wendy wanted to expand her knowledge in the institutional pharmacy setting, so she started working at Denver Health Medical Center and later transitioned to working at Sky Ridge Medical Center as their pharmacy technician specialist. Wendy wanted to share the knowledge she obtained throughout her career as a pharmacy technician, so she applied to the Front Range Community College Pharmacy Technician program. During her time as the pharmacy technician program director at Front Range Community College, Wendy obtained her Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning with a specialization in Organizational Change Management from Colorado State University.

Wendy partnered with Centura Health to create the Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship program in Colorado. The program is a paid, six-month program that prepares students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam through PTCB. It combines hands-on work with classroom learning and is considered fulltime employment for the apprentice. Apprentices are hired by Centura Health while completing their pharmacy technician training through Front Range Community College. Wendy also serves as one of the Regis Pharmacy School preceptors for P4 pharmacy students who complete their educational elective rotation at her site. Wendy’s professional goal is to develop highly skilled pharmacy technicians who have the knowledge and skills to be successful in the pharmacy.


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