PHAR* - Pharmacy Technician

Note: Students must successfully complete all courses (attain a grade of "C" or better) in a quarter of the Pharmacy Technician curriculum before advancing to the next quarter.

PHAR5470 Introduction to Pharmacy Law: Practice and Law

4 credits    (4 lec hrs/wk)  This course introduces students to the career of Pharmacy Technician. It explores history, potential workplace options and personnel related to pharmaceutical services, including pharmacy ethics. A general overview of the knowledge base required for the occupation and an introduction to standard pharmacy references, federal and state law, is provided.

PHAR5472 Pharmacology I

3 credits    (3 lec hrs/wk)  This basic course introduces the student to generic and trade names of common therapeutic drugs. Drug categories and drug use in prevention of or interference with disease processes are discussed. Important contra-indication, side effects, cautions, and interactions regarding drug use are included. The course also covers common nonprescription drugs.  Prerequisites: AH111 and RD101 with a “C” or better or COMPASS Reading score of 85 or higher.

PHAR5473 Pharmacology II

3 credits    (3 lec hrs/wk)  This basic course continues the student’s introduction to generic trade names of common therapeutic drugs. Drug categories and drug use in prevention of or interference with disease processes are discussed. Important contra-indication, side effects, cautions, and interactions regarding drug use are included. The course also covers common nonprescription drugs. Prerequisites: PHAR5472, PHAR5474 and PHAR5475 with a “C” or better.

PHAR5474 Pharmacy Calculations

2 credits    (2 lec hrs/wk)  This course reviews basic mathematics and includes the application of math concepts in the performance of certain Pharmacy Technician duties (and other health care provider duties). It covers systems of weight, measure, and temperature and the conversion from one system to another. The basics of retail accounting are introduced. Students develop the capabilities needed to calculate dosages, drug amount or volume, percent concentrations, milliequivalents, and intravenous infusion rates.  Prerequisite: MTH60 with a “C” or better, or COMPASS Algebra score of 26-70.

PHAR5475 Pharmacy Technician Procedures I:  Retail Chain and Independent

4 credits    (3 lec, 3 lab hrs/wk)  This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed in the performance of technical pharmacy tasks. These include ambulatory, prescription processing, compounding and pre packing, communications, and computer operations. Prerequisite: PHAR5470 with a “C” or better.

PHAR5476 Pharmacy Technician Procedures II:  Institutional Hospital and Extended Care

4 credits    (3 lec, 3 lab hrs/wk)  This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed in the performance of technical pharmacy tasks. These include hospital dispensing systems, compounding and pre packing, communications, computer operations, aseptic technique, IV prep admixtures, and oncology preparations. Prerequisites: PHAR5470, PHAR5472, PHAR5474, and PHAR5475 with a “C” or better.

PHAR5477 Pharmacy Records Management

3 credits    (3 lec hrs/wk)  This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills in preparing, maintaining, and storing a multiple of pharmacy records. The student will have practice typing a variety of instructional and retail prescription labels, and be capable of producing at a predetermined, satisfactory rate. Prerequisites: PHAR5470, PHAR5472, PHAR5474, and PHAR5475 with a “C” or better.

PHAR5478 Pharmacy Technician Practicum

3 credits    (9 lab hrs/wk)  Pharmacy experience in retail and/or institutional pharmacy practice. Instruction and supervision provided by staff or participating agencies. Concurrent classroom activities are included.  Prerequisites: PHAR5470, PHAR5472, PHAR5474, and PHAR5475 with a “C” or better.



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