Pharmacy Technician Certificate

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Pharmacy Technician Certificate Course List

Major and Core Courses

Lower Division

  • Career Development
  • Customer Service in Healthcare
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Foundations of Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmacy Calculations
  • Pharmacology for Technicians
  • Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding
  • Pharmacy Retail Practicum
  • Pharmacy Technician Capstone

This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete jobseeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an indepth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.


Course ID: E242
Credits: 2

This will prepare students to deliver outstanding customer service in a healthcare setting by providing them with an understanding of the factors that influence the perceptions of external and internal customers. Topics covered in this course include; the psychology of patients, customer service in a diverse world, listening skills and effective communication techniques.


Course ID: HSA 1050
Credits: 1

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.


Course ID: HSC 1531
Credits: 4

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.


Course ID: HSC 2641
Credits: 4

This course serves as an introduction to the history and origins of the practice of pharmacy and the role of a Pharmacy technician. This course will also provide an overview of pharmacy laws and safety guidelines, compounding equipment, billing procedures, mathematical equations, types of medication, and routes of administration. Application of pharmacy terminology and abbreviations will be covered.

Prerequisite:Medical Terminology

Course ID: PTN 1009
Credits: 4

This course provides the calculations necessary to be a successful member of the pharmacy team. Students will learn how to calculate dosages that meet the safety laws and regulations of the practice of pharmacy. Students will also be prepared to calculate measurements, conversions, rations, and dilutions.

Prerequisite:Foundations of Pharmacy

Course ID: PTN 1146
Credits: 4

This course will provide students with the knowledge of common drugs, classifications, and their impact on various body systems. Topics covered include routes of administration, medication preparations and supplies, basic math calculations, and therapeutic uses for common prescription and non-prescription pharmaceutical agents. Students will study the processes involved with reviewing patient medication orders and will learn about the various equipment used to administer pharmaceutical agents.

Prerequisite:Medical Terminology, Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: PTN 1237
Credits: 4

The student will learn to prepare sterile and non-sterile compounds. In this course the students will apply pharmacy math skills to calculate the dose necessary to compound sterile and non-sterile products. Emphasis will be placed on proper aseptic technique, compounding non-sterile products, identifying compounding supplies, handling of chemotherapy and biological agents, compounding of total parenteral nutrition (TPNs), and interpreting and labeling of compounded medication orders.

Prerequisite:Pharmacy Calculations, Pharmacology for Technicians

Course ID: PTN 1454
Credits: 2

Students will apply the knowledge gained from the program in a workplace setting. They will be able to provide high quality customer service by utilizing learned communication skills and will gain experience working as a team member within the field of pharmacy. They will apply technical skills learned in the classroom, including but not limited to inventory management, automation, billing procedures, medication preparation, and dosage calculations. They will learn to operate the necessary equipment and software for processing medications and will be able to observe all safety procedures applied in the pharmacy setting.

Prerequisite:Last term

Course ID: PTN 2873
Credits: 2

This course is an overview of all pharmacy technician 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: PTN 2050
Credits: 3

General Education Courses

Lower Division

Communication (Required Course)

  • Introduction to Communication

The course will introduce students to basic models and theories of the communication process. Students will learn about a variety of elements involved in communication. They will also explore how factors such as race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, and gender influence communication. Students will focus on developing an awareness of the effects of various types of communication on themselves and others. They will also develop practical skills for improving their ability to communicate in personal, social and professional contexts. Specific topics will include perception, self-concept, verbal and nonverbal communication, effective listening and communicating in culturally diverse settings.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: COM 1002
Credits: 4

Math/Natural Sciences (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.


Course ID: PHA 1500
Credits: 4

Total Certificate Credits

General Education Credits: 8

Major and Core Credits: 30

Total Certificate Credits*: 38

* 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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