I have since given all my study material away to friends also trying to gain medical experience while awaiting acceptance into a program... so i dont remember the author or title... but do a search for one... also you can go to ptcb.org (pharmacy tech certification board) and find out more info... i know major pharmacy chains have programs to teach, though i did mine through a hospital. There are two types of places pharm techs mainly work... in retail pharmacy like walgreen cvs walmart etc. and then some in hospitals. I worked in a retail pharmacy owned by a hospital. Both have great opportunities.
Technically all you need to do is study the book and sign up to take the national certification exam. Many pharmacys will hire u before u are certified ( you just wont be able to do some of the stuff until your certified) I work in the state of Texas andmany places require you to be state certified as well... BUT if we are Nationally certified then Texas recognizes it and all you have to do is pay the registration fees (no more tests) just check on ptcb about your states laws and such.
As a pharmacy tech you WILL learn to read drs orders, scripts etc. you will also have to know common medical terminology
... all of which will be helpful as a nursing student or if you want to eventually get another job in a drs office.
My suggestion to study for the test is to know your conversions! Be able to convert (simple algebraic math) grams to miligrams liters to mililiters... you know simple stuff... but memorize the conversions... also memorize abbreviations that drs commonly use when writing scripts... like po qd ac pc that kind of stuff (any pharmacy tech exam book will have a big list of them) just make note cards and study... you will also need to learn about iv drips and flow rates (also simple calculations) and the basic pharmacy laws and saftey guidlines. Thats pretty much the basics of the test. Of course do as many sample math problems you can. They are questions like " a dr writes a script for *blank med* 2 tabs po qd" how many tabs need to be dispensed" that kind of thing... so you need to be able to read the script and do BASIC math... its really not that hard. there are also generic to brand questions... but all that info is in one of the books. Study, sign up, and good luck! ITS WORTH IT!!! You willl learn sooooo much and it really will help you prepare for nursing schooL! If you have any more questions just let me know!