Pharmacy Technician - Course Descriptions

PHM 100 - Introduction to Pharmacy Technician
This course orients students to the organization and practice of the pharmacy profession, providing an understanding of the regulatory agencies and laws that affect pharmacy practice emphasis is placed on the duties and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician. Course objectives explore employment opportunities, introduction to interpreting and processing prescriptions, pharmacy law, standards of practice and orientation to the skills required for the occupation of a pharmacy technician. Prerequisite: entrance to the Pharmacy Technician program or instructor approval. Credits: 3    Lecture: 3

PHM 110 - Pharmacy Calculations
This course reviews basic mathematics related to the application of math concepts to the duties of the pharmacy technician. This course covers the systems of weight, measurement and temperature and the conversion from one system to the other. Emphasis is placed on the math skills needed to calculate doses, drug quantity or volume, intravenous flow rates and percentage concentrations and to learn the mechanics of proportions related to pharmaceutical dosing. The basics of retail pricing and accounting are introduced. Prerequisite: entrance to the Pharmacy Technician program or instructor approval. Credits: 3    Lecture: 3

PHM 120 - Drug Classification and Therapeutics I
This course introduces students to trade and generic names of commonly prescribed drugs used in prevention and treatment of various disease entities. Emphasis is placed on important contraindications, side effects, precautions and interaction of drugs and the process of drug utilization review. The course will provide a basic understanding of pharmacological categories and factors than can affect drug kinetics. Prerequisite: entrance to the Pharmacy Technician program or instructor approval. Credits: 3    Lecture: 3
PHM 130 - Drug Classification and Therapeutics II
This course continues the introduction to trade and generic names of commonly prescribed drugs used in prevention and treatment of various disease entities. Emphasis is placed on important contraindications, side effects, precautions and interaction of drugs and the process of drug utilization review. The course will provide a basic understanding of pharmacological categories and factors than can affect drug kinetics. Prerequisite: entrance to the Pharmacy Technician program or instructor approval. Credits: 3    Lecture: 3

PHM 140 - Pharmacy Technician Procedures
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to perform the tasks of a pharmacy technician, including interpreting, processing and distributing medications in the hospital and retail pharmacy. This includes: preparation of non-compounded products, non-sterile compounded products, sterile compounded products, and the preparations and handling of cytotoxic and hazardous products. Students will have practice maintaining patient profiles and typing and filling drug orders. Students will be prepared to participate in the administration of a pharmacy practice. This course requires a 1 credit (20 hour) face to face lab/lecture section. The lab will be provided at the COCC campus. The lab will be conducted over 2 weekends during the term and distant students will be required to travel to COCC. Prerequisite: entrance to the Pharmacy Technician program or instructor approval. Credits: 4    Lecture: 3 Other: 2

PHM 181 - Pharmacy Technician Seminar
Seminar discussions on various aspects of the practicum. Students will share work related experiences with the instructor and their peers. Students will prepare to take the Pharmacy Technician National Certification exam. Covers employment opportunities, resume writing, completing job applications and interviewing skills. Prerequisite: Entrance to the Pharmacy Technician program or instructor approval. Corequisites: PHM 190, PHM 191. Credits: 1    Lecture: 1

PHM 190 - Pharmacy Technician Practicum I: Hospital/Institutional
An unpaid learning experience which takes place on site at a prearranged clinical facility and supervised by a registered pharmacist. Provides student with the opportunity to perform clearly identified competencies within the clinical setting. Each credit is equivalent to 30 hours participation in the clinical setting. Students will be prepared to participate in the administration of a pharmacy practice, including filling drug orders. Prerequisite: entrance to the Pharmacy Technician program or instructor approval. Corequisite: PHM 181. Credits: 2    Other: 6

PHM 191 - Pharmacy Technician Practicum II: Retail/Community
An unpaid learning experience which takes place on site at a prearranged pharmacy and supervised by a registered pharmacist. Provides student with the opportunity to perform clearly identified competencies within the clinical setting. Each credit is equivalent to 30 hours participation in the clinical setting. Prerequisite: entrance to the Pharmacy Technician program or instructor approval. Corequisite: PHM 181. Credits: 3    Other: 9

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