Pharm Tech Practice II
Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
PHM 110, PHM 130.
Teaches the 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 a community, institution and other practice settings. Progressive learning takes place as new information and skill sets are studied throughout the course. Students will understand the regulatory agencies and laws that affect pharmacy practice. Emphasis is placed on the duties and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician. This course 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. Application of skills in a practical setting will be covered. This is a four-credit hybrid course and students should expect to spend nine to 12 hours per week completing the required course work. In addition to the online section, this course requires a one-credit (20 hour) lecture-lab session. Lab sessions are 1.5 hours once a week (days and times to be determined). The labs will be held on the COCC Bend campus and students are responsible for all travel expenses.
1. Perform pharmacy technician duties within the scope of the position, laws, and ethics of the industry.
2. Perform 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. Perform recordkeeping functions associated with gathering patient information, protecting patient confidentiality, transcribing prescription orders into a computer database, processing insurance claims, dispensing pharmaceuticals, and maintaining drug inventory.
4. Use drug references to accurately identify generic and brand name equivalents and other information requested by the pharmacist
5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of OTC drugs, medical supplies, drug dosage forms, and routes of administration within the scope of the pharmacy technician responsibilities.
6. Interpret and use appropriate medical terms, abbreviations, and symbols essential to prescribing, dispensing, administering, and charting medications correctly and precisely.
7. Perform accurate calculations required for weighing ingredients and preparing sterile preparations.
8. Perform basic calculations to determine days supply for insurance claims and to determine inventory and purchasing needs, profit margins, and inventory control.
9. Perform accurate conversions between measurement systems.
10. Follow the correct procedures and techniques related to sterile and nonsterile compounding operations.