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Dispensary-based calculations for pharmacy technicians

  • Released: 04/2018
  • Reviewed: 08/2023
  • Study time: 2h:0m
  • Standard price: £10.00
  • NHS England-funded price: £0.00

We have developed this e-learning programme to support pharmacy technicians with dispensary-based calculations to ensure accuracy and safety when preparing, dispensing and checking prescriptions for patients.

Learning outcomes

After completing this e-learning programme, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of basic mathematical concepts
  • explain how medicine strengths are expressed
  • describe sources and consequences of errors and methods to reduce these
  • apply methods to calculate medicine doses for adult and paediatric patients
  • calculate medicine doses based on body weight and body surface area
  • complete a variety of pharmacy dispensary-based calculations accurately.

How to use this programme

You can access this e-learning programme using a web browser on any device. You will need to be connected to the internet while you work through it.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists
  • CPPE registrants