Pharmacy Technician Certificate

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Pharmacy Technician Certificate Course List

Major and Core Courses

Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts

This course teaches students basic to advanced computer concepts and skills, including creating and modifying Word documents, designing databases, spreadsheet creation and analysis, using the Internet and E-Commerce tools, and creating presentations with enhanced features and web tools.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: D132
Credits: 3

Medical Terminology

This is a basic medical vocabulary-building course. An emphasis will be placed on the most common medical terms based on prefixes and suffixes, Latin and Greek origins, and anatomic roots denoting body structures. All body systems will be covered with a focus on word parts, terms built from word parts, abbreviations, and basic disease and surgical terms. Students will be expected to focus on spelling and pronunciation.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: M120
Credits: 4

Medical Law and Ethics

A study of the United States legal system and court process with emphasis on legal and ethical issues within the healthcare environment. Fraud and abuse, patient privacy and confidentiality, and professional practice law and ethics will be covered. The course will include a project that is specific to the student's program of study.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: M230
Credits: 4

Pharmacology for the Allied Health Professional

This course is designed for a variety of allied health programs requiring an understanding of pharmacology. It attempts to present a basic rationale for understanding current drug therapy. This course presents drugs according to their therapeutic applications. Pertinent physiology and related diseases are reviewed before the pharmacology of the drug is discussed. The approach by body system in this course serves to provide the necessary background information and to refresh the student's memory of previously learned material through which the therapeutic action of the drugs can be clearly understood.

Prerequisites: Medical Terminology; Human Anatomy and Physiology I, or Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: MA135
Credits: 4

Introduction to Pharmacy

An introduction to the technician's role in pharmacy practice. The student will gain a basic knowledge of chemistry and become knowledgeable in correct use of CPR. Emphasis will be on patient profiles, receiving and interpreting drug orders, routes of administration, dosage forms, and brand versus generic drugs. The importance of accuracy will be addressed along with methods of avoiding medication errors.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: PT105
Credits: 4

Pharmacy Technician Overview

This course is an overview of all pharmacy technician certificate program courses and concepts, with an emphasis on the reviewing and preparation of materials which comprise the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board examination.

Prerequisite: Pharmacy Technician student in last or second-to-last quarter.

Course ID: PT111
Credits: 4

Pharmacy Math and Dosages

This course will provide the student with the necessary math skills to effectively work within a pharmacy setting. In addition to ratios and proportions, dosage calculations, and conversions, the student will develop knowledge and skills to perform business math functions related to retail pharmacy practice.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Pharmacy

Course ID: PT120
Credits: 4

Pharmacy Software/Automation/ Insurance Billing

Hands-on experience using pharmacy software will be gained via entering patient profiles and prescriptions. The student will learn how to process prescriptions, understand common insurance rejection codes, and gain knowledge of how to solve rejections. Automated ordering, receiving, and maintenance of inventory will be addressed. Students will gain understanding of the various payment methods received by retail pharmacies. The student will explore various automation machines used within pharmacy settings.

Prerequisite: Pharmacy Math and Dosages

Course ID: PT125
Credits: 3

Pharmacy Technician Practicum 1- Outpatient/Retail

This course offers supervised practical experience in outpatient settings with a minimum of 90 hours of externship experience in the unit-dose area of a pharmacy. The practicum will be under the direction of practicing pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. This practicum will allow the student to gain experience as a pharmacy technician in an actual pharmacy setting and is essential to training.

Prerequisite: Pharmacology for the Allied Health Professional, Pharmacy Software/Automation/Insurance Billing

Course ID: PT235
Credits: 3

Unit Dose and Medication Preparation

In this course, the student will apply knowledge of medication charts and pharmacy math to correctly dispense and chart delivery of patient medications. Emphasis is on correctly filling orders with correct drug, dosage, and frequency. The course will stress aseptic techniques and the maintenance of sterile conditions. The student will learn to read an IV label, select appropriate additives and base solutions, and properly prepare the prescribed IV compound.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Pharmacy; Pharmacy Math and Dosages

Course ID: PT240
Credits: 3

General Education Courses

Math/Natural Sciences (Select 1 course in addition to G150) (Required Course)

Structure and Function of the Human Body

This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G150
Credits: 4

Total Certificate Degree Credits:

General Education Credits: 4

Major and Core Credits: 36

Total Certificate Degree Credits: 40

* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

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