PTCB study books
and preparation tools


There are countless resources to help you study for the PTCB or ExCPT exams. Besides all of the valuable resources here on this site, there's plenty of more mediums that you can use to get prepared for the pharmacy technician test. With today's technology and amazingly low book prices on Amazon and other online retailers, extra help is just a few clicks away. The links listed below are some products that I have found personally, or have been recommended by other pharmacy tech students. If you have a suggestion for a product that helps you study, by all means let me know.


Pharmacy Technician Exam
by Learning Express

Learning Express released this book recently and I'm somewhat impressed with it. For self-study, it has some excellent structure. The book is easy to follow and talks about organizing a realistic strategy.  
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Additional Online tools including:
• 90 question timed final exam

Mosby's Review for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination
Mosby's review book for the
PTCB has been used in classrooms and for self-study for years. The book is very comprehensive, straightforward and easy to follow.   Read some reviews

A companion
CD is also included with:
• 10 Full length practice exams
• 600+ Electronic flashcards

Mosby's Pharmacy Technician: Principles and Practice

This is Mosby's newer edition of their pharmacy technician study guide. It's 1136 pages and has many more pictures and examples than the previous edition.  
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Additional Online tools including:
• Companion Website with quizzes

Complete Math Review for
the Pharmacy Technician

Math is the #1 area pharmacy tech students struggle with. Using a fun approach, this book is very helpful and uses pharmacy references for most of the problems.  
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Also includes:

• More than 750 practice math problems
• 101 question word problem final

Flash Cards

Flashcards for the Pharmacy Technician
(by Delmar Cengage Learning)

These Flash-cards run about $25 and are great for studying 'on-the-go'. Includes Brand and Generic names, Classifications, Abbreviations and more.
*These are indeed flash-cards. The Amazon site says CD-ROM, but I have verified with Cengage that they are a deck of flash-cards. Also, read the reviews as add'l proof.Read some reviews

Study Tools

Scut Monkey
Clinician's Pocket Drug Reference (2011)

The"Scut Monkey" pocket drug manual is one of my favorite tools for learning and
memorizing the Top 200 drugs. It gets great reviews from pharmacy techs and pharmacists alike. Unlike cumbersome flash cards, it's compact and convenient to take with you. As you'll see in my video review of it below, it isn't much bigger than a men's velcro wallet. Besides the information on the individual drugs, there are also sections on abbreviations and classifications to reference. The index in the back makes it super easy to look-up drugs by either generic or brand name. It also lists DEA Schedule information and much more.

For under 14 bucks, you just can't go wrong. Besides, you'll still be using this long after you pass the exam. If you'd like to see the size and what's in this little book. Be sure to watch
YouTube video review.

Olympus VN-7000 Digital Voice Recorder

Repetition is key to memorization. When I was first
learning drug names, several times a week I listened my DVR before I went to sleep. This is probably the easiest way to study and relax at the same time. I truly believe that I was able to retain the names much faster using this method. Hopefully this can work for you too.   Read some reviews


12 SYRINGE needle pens
Assorted colors

These pens are just a novelty and don't actually have a needle tip. They come in a 12 pack of assorted colors, are 5-inches and write in blue or black ink.

These may look to be for just fun or as good conversation starters, but you can also take your notes in class with them.

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