Pharmacy Technician Practice I
Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
PHM 101, PHM 115, PHM 120.
MTH 015 (or higher) or minimum placement Math Level 7; WR 065 (or higher or BA 214) or minimum placement Wr/Comm Level 7; and BI 105.
Introduces basic information, techniques and procedures needed to assist the pharmacist in delivery of pharmaceutical products and services. Provides a working knowledge of the many aspects of pharmacy in community, institution and other practice settings. Progressive learning takes place as new information and skill sets are studied throughout the course. Covers the regulatory agencies and laws that affect pharmacy practice. Emphasis is placed on the duties and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician to assist the pharmacist. Explores employment opportunities, interpretation and processing of prescriptions, pharmacy law, standards of practice and orientation to the skills required for the occupation of a pharmacy technician.
1. Describe pharmacy technician duties within the scope of the position, laws, and ethics of the industry.
2. Identify the roles and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician and comply with performance and safety standards established for the community and institutional as well as other pharmacy practice settings.
3. Demonstrate a working knowledge of OTC drugs, medical supplies, drug dosage forms, and routes of administration within the scope of the pharmacy technician responsibilities.
4. Interpret and use appropriate medical terms, abbreviations, and symbols essential to prescribing, dispensing, administering, and charting medications correctly and precisely.
5. Perform accurate calculations required for weighing ingredients and preparing non-sterile preparations.
6. Carry out basic calculations to determine days supply for insurance claims and to determine inventory and purchasing needs, profit margins, and inventory control. Perform accurate conversions between measurement systems.
1. Profession of Pharmacy
2. Pharmacy Law, Regulations, and Standards
3. Drug and Supplement Development
4. Pharmacy Terminology I
5.Pharmacy Terminology II
6.Introduction of Pharmacology
7.Routes and administration of medications
8.Pharmacy Measurements and Calculations
9.Community Pharmacy Dispensing
10.Healthcare and Prescription Drug Insurance
Required textbook, computer, and internet access.
Grades maybe determined by weekly homework, midterm exam, and final exam and may include discussion, short essays, and in-class presentation; students must earn a minimum 75% to pass the course.