Pharmacy Technician Certificate Course Outline

PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PROGRAM
(CERTIFICATE PROGRAM)

OBJECTIVE:
The Pharmacy Technician program is designed and built on actual pharmacy technician performance expectations.

PROGRAM LENGTH:
This program is available both day and evening, meeting five times per week. The program meets approximately 5 hours per class session for a total of 24 hours per week. Students are required to take Employment Preparation and Communication & Customer Relations courses. This brings the program’s length to 31 semester credit hours or 760 classroom hours. The program comprises of approximately 32 weeks of instruction for both day and evening programs.

Course Number Course Title Total Hours Academic Semester Credit Hours
CP100 Computers Essentials 30 1
MA140 Medical Terminology 90 5
PT100 Orientation to Pharmacy Practice 60 3
PT104 Pharmacy Calculations 90 4
PT107 Pharmacy Administration & Billing 90 4
PT 108 Pharmacology I 90 4
PT109 Pharmacology II 60 3
EX101 Pharmacy Externship 160 3
EN100 Communication & Customer Relations 60 3
EP101 Employment Preparation 30 1
TOTAL 760 31

 

Course Descriptions:

CP100 Computer Essentials (No prerequisite, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This course introduces students to basic computer concepts using Windows Operating Systems and Microsoft Office Applications. Students get an overview of computing concepts and the basics of an Operating System. Students work with Microsoft Word to create, edit, and format standard word processing documents. Basic file management techniques are introduced to organize, store, and retrieve files and documents. Students move on to using Internet applications such as email, web search engines and networking and examine issues of internet security and privacy. Microsoft Office applications such as Excel will be introduced and via brief overview MS Office applications to create flyers, reports, tables and presentation graphics.

MA140 Medical Terminology (No Prerequisite, 5Semester Credit Hours)
The Medical Terminology course is designed to instruct students in basic knowledge of human body parts, their functions, and diseases. Signs and symptoms leading to a diagnosis and treatment plan will be introduced. The main focus of the course will be the development of a beginner’s medical vocabulary consisting of pronunciation, spelling, meaning of root words, word parts, prefixes and suffixes.

PT100 Orientation to Pharmacy (NoPrerequisite,3 Semester Credit Hours)
In the Pharmacy orientation course, students learn about drug actions, drug interactions, and the routes of administration. They will also learn extemporaneous compounding and gain basic knowledge of regulatory standards in pharmacy practice, including the differences between statutes, rules, regulations, and quasi-legal standards of the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The importance of law in the pharmacy setting, recognizing Controlled Substance Act drugs, OSHA regulations, controlled substances, forged prescriptions and diversion, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are also covered.

PT104 Pharmacy Calculation (No prerequisite, 4 Semester Credit Hours)
The pharmacy calculation course instructs students in basic knowledge of pharmacy calculations, measurement system, converting between measurements,thermometry, and abbreviations used on prescription, unit’s doses, concentration, percent ionization, recognizing acid and bases, calculation used when compounding medications, patient –specific doses, and parenteral nutrition calculations. The student will have hands on experience in IV and sterile ascetic techniques.

PT107 Pharmacy Administrations and Billing (Noprerequisite, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
In this course the non-dispensing duties of a pharmacy technician will be introduced. Students will learn how to create a pharmacy layout and design. Students will also be aware of general procedures when handling hazardous substances. Budgeting and efficient use of managing cost will be covered. The class will be knowledgeable of different methods of inventory control. The subject of managed care and medical billing will be included. The class will gain an understanding of how to process third party insurance claims. CPR instruction will be given during this course.

PT108 Pharmacology I (Prerequisite: MA140, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This is a general course in clinical pharmacology designed to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the rationale and use of pharmacological intervention. The class will gain a basic understanding of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics. Students will learn about different disease states and proper pharmacotherapy classified according to each body system. The top 200 drugs dispensed will be covered in this course. Course outline material will be covered through a general lecture format including classroom presentations, discussions, and case studies.

PT109 Pharmacology II (Prerequisite: MA140, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This is a continuation of material covered in PT 108 Pharmacology 1. Students will continue to learn about different disease states and proper pharmacotherapy classified according to each body system. The top 200 drugs dispensed will be covered in this course. Coverage of drug information sources and over the counter treatments will be included.Course outline material will be covered through a general lecture format including classroom presentations, discussions, and case studies.

EX101 Pharmacy Externship (Prerequisites: MA140, PT100, 103,104,105, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
All core classes must be completed before students begin their externship. The student externship is designed to provide the student with supervised, practical, hands-on experiences in authentic work environments. Students will gain exposure to on-the-job experiences, and practice skills acquired during the lab portion of their training program.

EN100 Communication & Customer Relations (No prerequisite, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This course introduces students to effective written & verbal communication. They will explore the language of global business, alongside the study of leadership, management and communication across national boundaries with cultural understanding and awareness. In addition, this course provides students with the foundation of sound customer service and customer relations.

EP101Employment Preparation (No prerequisite, l Semester Credit Hour)
In this seminar students are taught how to conduct a job search, including locating sources of employment, writing letters of application, creating a resume, and interviewing for a job with necessary follow-up procedures.