Lakewood University

Pharmacy Technician and Medical Billing

Program Highlights
  • 32 Week Program
  • Accredited
  • Instructor Assistance
  • Your Own Success Coach
  • Books Included in Tuition

As this is one of our combination programs, you will find that there are two different course descriptions; one for each portion of the program:

Pharmacy Technician:
Lakewood University’s Pharmacy Technician program prepares students to aid licensed pharmacists in preparing medications, providing customer service, and performing administrative duties within a pharmacy setting. The program outlines the proper communication skills necessary for pharmacy technicians, including telecommunication and interpersonal communication skills. The course will focus on the accuracy necessary to ensure that prescription information is complete and accurate. Students in this program will gain the knowledge and skills to qualify them for entry-level positions in pharmacies and prepare them for the National Certification Exam.

Medical Billing:
Lakewood University’s Medical Billing program provides a comprehensive understanding of medical billing and its components. This program will contain many medical billing topics such as managed care, insurance claim processing, a brief introduction to ICD-10-CM coding, HCPCS coding, and CPT coding and reimbursement methodologies. It will also cover claim submission for Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Workers’ Compensation, and TRICARE. It will also cover the basic office needs, how coding and billing interrelate, and how to maintain and establish the electronic health record.

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Our students stand out from other graduates thanks to our partnership with Walgreens and CVS/Pharmacy nationwide. At Lakewood University, Pharmacy Technician graduates will have the opportunity to complete a pharmacy technician externship and receive hands-on pharmacy technician training.*


*COVID-19 may affect some areas of the USA  

Program Outcomes
Program Mission Statement
Program Outline
What You Receive
Career Outlook
Program Cost
Program Outcomes
  • Interpret physician orders and prescriptions for accuracy
  • Explain the role a pharmacy technician plays in the compounding of medications
  • Define medical and pharmaceutical terms and common abbreviations
  • Describe the role that the pharmacy technician plays in the pharmacy
  • Perform basic pharmaceutical calculations
  • Explain the differences between brand and generic medications
  • Recognize the role that the pharmacy plays in preventative services such as immunizations
  • Identify the individual state requirements for a pharmacy technician
  • Demonstrate the basic skills needed to effectively prepare for an interview
  • Apply medical terminology
  • Explain the importance of health insurances and managed health care
  • Process an insurance claim for commercial insurance, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, and Workers’ Compensation
  • Demonstrate the basics of medical coding
  • Explain the importance of coding for medical necessity
  • Explain the legalities of medical billing
  • Follow essential CMS-1500 Claim instructions

Program Mission Statement
To offer an accredited, flexible and affordable program that supports learners. These students will develop critical skills through relevant instruction and experience to pursue a career as a pharmacy technician to improve health outcomes in the communities they serve.

Program Outline
Lesson 1: Medical Terminology and NHA Registration »

Lesson 2: Reimbursement, HIPAA, & Compliance »

Lesson 3: An Overview of ICD-10-CM & ICD-10-CM Outpatient Coding & Reporting Guidelines »

Lesson 4: Using ICD-10-CM »

Lesson 5: Using ICD-10-CM Continued »

Lesson 6: Introduction to the CPT and Level II National Codes/Modifiers »

Lesson 7: Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services, Anesthesia/Surgery Guidelines, and General Surgery »

Lesson 8: Integumentary System/Musculoskeletal System »

Lesson 9: Respiratory System/Cardiovascular System »

Lesson 10: Hemic, Lymphatic, Mediastinum, and Diaphragm/Digestive »

Lesson 11: Urinary and Male Genital Systems/Reproductive, Intersex Surgery, Female Genital System, and Maternity Care and Delivery »

Lesson 12: Endocrine and Nervous Systems/Eye, Ocular, Adnexa, Auditory, and Operating Microscope »

Lesson 13: Radiology/Pathology/Laboratory »

Lesson 14: Medicine »

Lesson 15: Inpatient Coding »

Lesson 16: Final Exam »

Lesson 17: Medical Terminology and NHA Registration »

Lesson 18: Health Insurance Specialist Career »

Lesson 19: Introduction to Health Insurance/Managed Health Care »

Lesson 20: Processing an Insurance Claim »

Lesson 21: Legal and Regulatory Issues »

Lesson 22: ICD-10-CM Coding »

Lesson 23: CPT Coding »

Lesson 24: HCPCS Coding System »

Lesson 25: CMs Reimbursement Methodologies »

Lesson 26: Coding for Medical Necessity »

Lesson 27: Essential CMS-1500 Claim Instructions »

Lesson 28: Commercial Insurance »

Lesson 29: Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans »

Lesson 30: Medicare and Medicaid »

Lesson 31: Tricare and Workers’ Compensation »

Lesson 32: Final Exam »

What You Receive

Lakewood University provides everything you need for the Pharmacy Technician Program. You will receive:

  • A program that includes conceptual learning, simulated activities (labs), and an externship experience at a pharmacy
  • Knowledge that prepares you for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam
  • Tuition includes online textbook & materials and the exam fee for your first attempt at the PTCB exam
  • Prepare you to meet your state’s specific pharmacy technician regulations
  • Program developed and taught by real-world pharmacy professionals
  • Hands-on learning and skills demonstration with a dedicated pharmacy technician trainer that will prepare you for the pharmacy workplace
  • Hands-On Experience In a Pharmacy Setting
    • Assistance from a dedicated pharmacy technician trainer to coordinate with you and a pharmacy in your community to set up an externship
  • Partnerships with various pharmacies within the retail, community, and hospital settings that continue to expand such as CVS Health, Walgreens, and University Hospitals of Cleveland*
  • Career readiness including professional development, interview preparation, and more
  • Student success coaching and unlimited tutoring
  • Opportunity to network with Pharmacy Technician students and alumni from across the country
  • Access to helpful online resources
  • Upon graduation, you will earn nine credits towards an Associate or Bachelors degree in Health Care Administration
Career Outlook

Employment is expected to increase much faster than average, and job opportunities are expected to be excellent, especially for those with formal training or certification. The increased number of middle-aged and elderly people—who use more prescription drugs than younger people—will spur demand for pharmacy workers throughout the projection period. In addition, as scientific advances lead to new drugs, and as more people obtain prescription drug coverage, pharmacy workers will be needed in growing numbers.

The employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services.

The median annual wage for pharmacy technicians was $33,950 in May 2019.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at (visited August 08, 2020).

Program Cost
Payment PlanTotal TuitionEnroll
Pay in full
Payment in full: $17,400.00
Tuition: $17,400.00

Lakewood University provides all textbooks, study guides, supplemental materials, achievement exams, and instructional support at no cost to the student.

This is a 1200-clock-hour program with a tuition cost of $14.50 per clock hour (1200 clock hours X $14.50 per clock hour = $17,400.00 in tuition).

Administrative Fees (in addition to the tuition above)

Application Fee- $75 for degree programs; $0 for vocational programs

Registration Fee – $200 for degree programs; $125 for vocational programs

Library Fee – $100 per degree semester; $250 per vocational program term