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Pharmacy Technician (PHAR)

101:  Introduction to Pharmacy Practice. (1-1-0)
Prerequisite:  CIS 099 or documentation of typing proficiency; enrollment or completion of ALHT 116.  Corequisite:  PHAR 102, PHAR 102 L and PHAR 104.
This course for the pharmacy technician student includes an introduction to the history of pharmacy, laws including the Pharmacy Practice Act and scope of practice for pharmacy technicians and candidates, certification, accreditation, core values, ethics and professional attitudes, emerging trends, orientation to professional pharmacy organizations, responsibilities and roles within various pharmacy settings, and workplace readiness skills.

102: Pharmacy Practice. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: CIS 099 or documentation of typing proficiency; enrollment in or completion of ALHT 116.
Corequisite: PHAR 101, PHAR 102L  and PHAR 104.
Instruction in the laws, dosage forms, billing, inventory, extemporaneous compounding, pharmaceutical calculations, written and oral communications, and medication safety. Laboratory to support the lecture required concurrently.

102L: Pharmacy Practice Lab. (1-0-3)
Corequisite: PHAR 102 lecture.
Laboratory instruction complements the lecture with hands-on experience in medication preparation, dispensing, calculations and business applications.

104: Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians. (5-5-0)
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or credit for BLGY 120 or BLGY 224.
Corequisite: PHAR 101 and PHAR 102, PHAR 102L.

Basic pharmacology with emphasis on drug therapy. Course content includes drug laws, terminology, therapeutic classes of drugs, indications, side effects, contraindications, generic and trade names, and calculations.

Enrollment in PHAR 110, PHAR 110L, PHAR 120, and PHAR 151 is limited to those students who have been admitted to the second semester PTEC program phase of the program. All second PHAR courses (PHAR 110, PHAR 120, and PHAR 151) must be taken concurrently.

110: Sterile Products. (2-2-0)
Corequisite: PHAR 120 and PHAR 11L
An introduction to aseptic techniques, admixture preparation, incompatibility and stability, irrigation solutions, calculations for intravenous solutions, total parenteral nutrition and chemotherapy.

110L: Sterile Products Lab.  (1-0-1)
Corequisite: PHAR 110 lecture and PHAR 120.
Activities or laboratory exercises to support the PHAR 110 lecture course occur in this class. NPTA National Sterile Products Certification will be offered during this course.

120: Professional Practice Seminar. (2-2-0)
Corequisite: PHAR 110 and PHAR 110 L.
An overview and review of pharmacy practice to prepare the student to take the national PTCB exam. Emphasis is placed on review of pharmacy law, calculations, compounding, pharmacology and pharmacy operations.

151: Pharmacy Clinical Practice. (7 hrs. credit)
Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed, with a “C” or higher, all PHAR courses, qualification coursework and meet any other program specific requirements.
This course is designed for the PTEC clinical student who has successfully completed the didactic/lab/certification portion of the PTEC program. Students are assigned to at least two types of experiential training sites and work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist for approximately 400 hours. Emphasis is placed on assisting the pharmacist in serving patients, medication distribution, and inventory control, and pharmacy operations.

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