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PHARM 300 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

This course introduces the concepts of direct pharmaceutical patient care and the technicians’ role in its delivery. Current direct patient care delivery system and medication distribution systems are emphasized. Topics include dosage calculations, the influence that medication laws, standards and regulations have on practice, and quality assurance in the pharmaceutical setting.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Understand the role of the Pharmacy Technician in collecting, organizing, evaluating, distributing and storing pharmaceutical goods or services for direct pharmaceutical therapy.

PHARM 315 Pharmaceutical Calculations

Units: 3

Hours: 45 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: MATH 100 and PHARM 300 with grades of "C" or better

Corequisite: PHARM 320

Transferable: CSU

This course presents the mathematical concepts and practical experience required for students to pass the math portion of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. Through lecture demonstrations and practice problem sets, students will learn the skills essential for calculating and preparing pharmaceutical dosages in both community and institutional pharmacy settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Understand and perform mathematical calculation methods necessary for daily operational duties in a community or institutional pharmacy.

PHARM 320 Pharmacology of Therapeutic Agents

Units: 5

Hours: 81 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: AH 120 and PHARM 300 with grades of "C" or better

Corequisite: PHARM 315

Advisory: LIBR 318

Transferable: CSU

This course studies the anatomy and physiology of the various human body systems. Students will learn the use and side effects of prescription medications, nonprescription medications, and alternative therapies commonly used to treat diseases affecting the nervous, musculoskeletal, immune, dermatological, hematologic cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, gastrointestinal, renal system as well as the eye, ear, nose and throat. This course covers brand and generic names of the therapeutic agents studied, standard pronunciation, dosage forms, routes of administration, medical abbreviation and the role of the Food and Drug Administration in herbal and dietary supplements. The laboratory activities are designed to provide hands-on experiences in pharmacy calculation and compounding medications related to the various body systems.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate knowledge in federal, state, and local laws; regulations; and professional standards.

PHARM 350 Pharmaceutical Information Management

Units: 3

Hours: 45 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: PHARM 300 with a grade of "C" or better

Advisory: LIBR 318

Transferable: CSU

This course reviews how state laws and regulations determine the activities associated with the collection of patient-specific information by the pharmacy technician. Students learn to secure information from the medical chart, record, patient profile, patient, caregiver, database and health care professional. Technologies used for storing, accessing and recording pharmacy data and proper methods for receiving and authenticating prescription orders are emphasized. Students will also learn safety in medication use and monitoring program of medication therapy and the pharmacy technician’s role in the prevention and reporting of medication misadventures. The lab provides hands-on experience with pharmacy distribution software, technology, and prescription processing.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Analyze the role of the Pharmacy Technician in distributive pharmacy.

PHARM 360 Retail Operation of Pharmaceutical Practice

Units: 3

Hours: 45 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: PHARM 300 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This course reviews the process of pharmaceutical purchasing and acquisitions in the retail settings and in emergency situations. Students will learn inventory control including handling of receipts, storage, removal, and documentation. Other topics include: methods of distribution with emphasis on computer database maintenance and the state laws that govern these activities, billing, collection of payment, third-party payment, and the technician’s role in the assisting the PharmD in immunization administration. The lab will provide hands-on experience in a simulated retail environment.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Collect, organize, and evaluate pharmaceutical goods or services for direct patient care, medication use review, or pharmaceutical therapy.

PHARM 380 Preparation of Pharmaceutical Products

Units: 3

Hours: 27 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB

Prerequisite: PHARM 300 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This course presents the methods of preparing non-compounded, compounded, non-sterile, and sterile products for distribution. Students will learn the state laws and regulations that determine the role of a pharmacy technician in measuring, preparing, packaging, and storing of medications. Medication preparation, profiling, calculation, measuring, safety, labeling and quality assurance procedures will be emphasized.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Understand the role of the Pharmacy Technician in distributive pharmacy.

PHARM 400 Pharmacy Technician Profession

Units: 1

Hours: 18 hours LEC

Prerequisite: PHARM 315 and 320 with grades of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This course prepares the student for employment as a pharmacy technician. Students learn the scope of practice of a pharmacy technician. Students will also learn professional ethics, attitudes, values, and beliefs of successful pharmacy technicians. Emphasis is placed on projecting an image appropriate to the profession and effective interpersonal relationships with other health care professionals and the appreciation for certification and active involvement in local, state, and national technician organizations.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Collect, organize, and evaluate pharmaceutical goods or services for direct patient care, medication use review, or pharmaceutical therapy.

PHARM 410 Acute Care Practicum

Units: 4

Hours: 240 hours LAB

Prerequisite: PHARM 350, 380, and 400 with grades of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This course develops practical skills in the didactic and practicum phases of pharmacy technician training in the acute and home care environment. Acute care includes hospital and/or long-term care facilities. Home care includes exposure to infusion therapy. The clinical experience is performed under professional supervision. A preceptor (Licensed Pharmacist or Certified Pharmacy Technician) evaluates the student’s performance at the site. Students will directly interact with clients and other health care professionals. Students must have a TB clearance and any other immunization required by the clinical facility. Students must have an established Agency Agreement on file with the faculty with a sponsoring site prior to the beginning of the first day of class. Contact the Careers and Technology Main Office for information about the Agency Agreement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Collect, organize, and evaluate pharmaceutical goods or services for direct patient care, medication use review, or pharmaceutical therapy.

PHARM 420 Retail Practicum

Units: 2

Hours: 120 hours LAB

Prerequisite: PHARM 350, 360, and 400 with grades of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This course develops the practical skills for pharmacy technicians in a community/retail environment. The clinical experience is performed under professional supervision. A preceptor (Licensed Pharmacist or Certified Pharmacy Technician) evaluates the student’s performance at the site. Students will directly interact with clients and other health care professionals. Students must have a TB clearance and any other immunization required by the clinical facility. Students must have an established Agency Agreement with a sponsoring site on file with the faculty prior to the beginning of the first day of class. Contact the Careers and Technology Main Office for information about the Agency Agreement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Collect, organize, and evaluate pharmaceutical goods or services for direct patient care, medication use review, or pharmaceutical therapy.