Pharmacy Technology Certificate (PB71) Technical Certificate of Credit
(Stand-Alone & Embedded in Pharmacy Technology Diploma and Degree programs)
Beginning Summer 2022
The Pharmacy Assistant Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) is designed to provide students with short term training to prepare them for entry-level employment in a variety of settings such as hospitals, retail pharmacies, nursing homes, medical clinics, etc. Students will receive didactic instruction and laboratory training in anatomy and physiology, fundamental concepts and principles of receiving, storing and dispensing medication.
Entrance date: Varies
Program admission requirements:
Minimum Test Scores
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- High School diploma or equivalent required for admission. Applicant must be at least 16 years old.
- In addition, students must be at least 17 years old at the start of their practicum experience.
- Every program graduate is at least 18 years of age, and is a high school graduate, or possesses a high school equivalency certificate.
- Applicants must submit a satisfactory criminal record check and must pass a drug screening before starting the practicum courses.
- Documentation of a negative tuberculosis skin test or chest X-ray is required for orientation and every six months while enrolled in the program.
Credits required for graduation: 35
The Pharmacy Technology program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.
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|ALHS 1011Structure and Function of the Human Body
Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
|ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences
Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.
|COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.
|PHAR 1000Pharmaceutical Calculations
Prerequisites: MATH 1111, MATH 1012
This course develops knowledge and skills in pharmaceutical calculations procedures. Topics include: systems of measurement, medication dispensing calculations, pharmacy mathematical procedures, and calculation tools and techniques.
|PHAR 1010Pharmacy Technology Fundamentals
Provides an overview of the pharmacy technology field and develops the fundamental concepts and principles necessary for successful participation in the pharmacy field. Topics include: safety, orientation to the pharmacy technology field, Fundamental principles of chemistry, basic laws of chemistry, ethics and laws, definitions and terms, and reference sources.
|PHAR 1020Principles of Dispensing Medications
Prerequisites: PHAR 1000, PHAR 1010, PHAR 1040
This course introduces the student to principles of receiving, storing, and dispensing medications. Topics include: purchasing, packaging, and labeling drugs; pharmacy policies and procedures; documentation; inventory and filing systems; compounding; storage and control; pharmacy equipment; and health care organizational structure. This course provides laboratory and clinical practice.
The course introduces the students to principles and knowledge about all classifications of medication. Topics include: disease states and treatment modalities, pharmaceutical side effects and drug interactions, control substances, specific drugs, and drug addiction and abuse.
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|MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics
Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
|MATH 1013Algebraic Concepts
Emphasizes concepts and operations which are applied to the study of algebra. Topics include basic mathematical concepts, basic algebraic concepts, and intermediate algebraic concepts.
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|PHAR 1050Pharmacy Technology Practicum
Prerequisites: PHAR 1020, PHAR 1030
Orients students to the clinical environment and provides experiences with the basic skills necessary for the pharmacy technician. Topics include: storage and control, documentation, inventory and billing, community practice, institutional practice, and communication,
|PHAR 1055Pharmacy Assistant Practicum
Prerequisites: ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090, MATH 1012, PHAR 1000, PHAR 1010, PHAR 1020, PHAR 1040
This course orients students to the clinical environment and provides experiences with the basic skills necessary for the pharmacy assistant. Topics include: purchasing, packaging and labeling drugs; distribution systems; pharmacy policies and procedures; documentation; inventory and filing systems; compounding; contamination control; storage and control; pharmacy equipment, and health care organizational structures.
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