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PHARMACY TECHNICIAN

OBJECTIVE

The Pharmacy Technician program prepares the student to obtain a position in both hospital and retail pharmacies under the supervision of a pharmacist. The program will teach the basic aspects of pharmacy practice, including reading, filling and distributing prescriptions. Also, the student will learn the legal responsibilities of a pharmacy for record maintenance and the handling of various categories of drugs, pharmaceutical calculations, medications, common drug interactions, their side effects and pharmaceutical agents and their uses. A Pharmacy Technician Diploma will be awarded. Our program is designed to train you in all the necessary practices and procedures, as well as proper recognition of laws and regulations, to exercise as a competent healthcare professional. Job assistance is provided to all graduates.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

TThe Pharmacy Technician program is designed to teach the students the basic knowledge of procedures and skills utilized in retail pharmacy including business practices, OTC drugs and supplies, handling prescriptions, basic aspects of pharmacy practice. The student will also be familiarized with the procedures for prepackaging unit dose packets, inventory and cost control in both hospital and retail pharmacy, pharmaceutical calculations, medications, common drug interactions, side effects, and pharmaceutical agents and their use among others. Students will complete a 4 hour HIV/AIDS course during the program.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A student is eligible for graduation upon fulfillment of the following requirements:

Pharmacy Technician Program Costs

Registration Fee

$150.00

Books & Supplies

$500.00

Tuition

$9,140.00

Total Program Costs

$9,790.00

CERTIFICATION

Certification is not a requirement for graduation.

PROGRAM LENGTH

PHARMACY TECHNICIAN COURSES

This course offers an introduction to the structure of the body including cells and tissues, organs, systems, musculoskeletal, nervous systems, endocrine and digestive systems. Students learn about diseases that are frequently first diagnosed and treated in the health field.
(HIV/AIDS Course 4 hour requirements for Medical Assistants. OBJECTIVE: To enable to the student identify HIV infection, prevention, CDC Universal Blood and body Fluid Precautions, HIV concept, signs and symptoms, risk factors and transmission.)

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

HS-1021

Structure & Function of the Body I

30

30

60

This course offers an introduction to the structure of the body including respiratory urinary, reproductive and immune systems. Students learn about diseases that are frequently first diagnosed and treated in a Medical Office setting.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

HS-1022

Structure & Function of the Body II

30

30

60

This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge of the basic legal relationship of the physician and the patient. Legal terms are study such as the creation and termination of a contract, implied and informed consent, professional liability, invasion of privacy, malpractice, tort liability, breach of contract and the Medical Practice Acts among others. A brief introduction to the history of medicine is also included.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

PT-1210

Pharmacy Law & Ethics

30

30

60

This course is designed to introduce the setting of a pharmacy practice, including the roles of personnel, chain of command, and the day-to-day operations. Students will also be instructed on the various forms of communications and interactions with individual patients. The course also covers the various forms of dosing and routes of administration for the various forms of medications.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

PT-1220

Pharmacy Techniques

30

30

60

In this course, students will be introduced to proper pharmaceutical referencing sources and their proper use. Students will also be instructed on the various methods of operations of different forms of pharmacy practices, including community pharmacies and institutional pharmacies, and the roles of the pharmacy technician in each setting

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

PT-1230

Principles of Pharmacy Practice

30

30

60

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the terminology, equipment, and the principles of extemporaneous compounding. The student will learn how to perform sterile compounding procedures and aseptic techniques in order to reduce the potential contamination of Ws, injections, cytotoxic drugs, and topical compounds.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

BC-1045

Pharmaceutical Compounding

30

30

60

This is an introductory course to the field of Medical Terminology, including basic word structure and the use of medical and technical dictionaries. Students identify component parts of medical terms, analysis and reconstruction of terms with emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Students learn introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

PT-1241

Non-Sterile Products

30

30

60

In this course, students will learn on the various forms of pharmaceutical billing such as refill orders, new medication orders, returns, and how to handle expired medications. The course also provides students with the necessary training on managing inventory for the various medications, including labeling, counting, and software management.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

PT-1250

Pharmacy Billing & Inventory Management

30

30

60

This course will introduce the major components, primary symptoms of conditions associated with dysfunction, and drugs used to treat the associated conditions, of the nervous system, endocrine system, and musculoskeletal system. Generic and trade names for the drugs used to treat conditions of these systems will also be reviewed along with proper labeling of prescriptions.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

PT-1160

Pharmacology I

30

30

60

This course will introduce the major components, primary symptoms of conditions associated with dysfunction, and drugs used to treat the associated conditions, of the respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, and cardiovascular system. Generic and trade names for the drugs used to treat conditions of these systems will also be reviewed along with proper labeling of prescriptions.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

PT-1170

Pharmacology II

30

30

60

This course will introduce the major components, primary symptoms of conditions associated with dysfunction, and drugs used to treat the associated conditions, of the renal system, immune system, and reproductive system. Generic and trade names for the drugs used to treat conditions of these systems will also be reviewed along with proper labeling of prescriptions.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

PT-1180

Pharmacology III

30

30

60

This course will introduce the major components, primary symptoms of conditions associated with dysfunction, and drugs used to treat the associated conditions, of the renal system, immune system, and reproductive system. Generic and trade names for the drugs used to treat conditions of these systems will also be reviewed along with proper labeling of prescriptions.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

PT-1190

Pharmacology IV

30

30

60

This course is designed to assist the student in understanding the mathematics used in a pharmacy. Course includes, expressing Arabic quantities in the Roman numeral system converting fractions to decimals, and calculating mathematical problems involving ratios and proportions.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

PT-1120

Basic Pharmaceutical Calculations

30

30

60

Tins student will learn how to calculate drug dosage with emphasis placed on using the metric system. Ratios and proportions re reviewed with regards to calculating dilution strength. Intravenous calculations, dosage for children, types of syringes, and piggyback administration are also covered. Conversion factors for converting from the metric system to the apothecary system are also studied.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

PT-1120

Medication & Prescription Orders Calculations

30

30

60

For all students, externship is an integral part the program. It is the final phase of each student’s training and must be completed before graduation: This program is designed to provide the student with supervised, practical hands-on and observational experiences in the working pharmacy. Students will be expected to gain experiences in either a hospital pharmacy or a community (retail) pharmacy Students exposure to “on-the-job” experiences and training in the pharmacy setting and practice of skills, gaining experiences in all aspects of drug distribution, and distribution utilized by participating sites.

Course ID

Course

Lecture Hrs

Lab Hours

Total Hours

PT-1340

Clinical Externship

180