Pharmacy Technology (D.A.S.)

Graduates of the Pharmacy Technology diploma are health care professionals who assist the pharmacist in a hospital or community setting to provide quality health care related to medication administration.

In addition to the skills acquired to become a pharmacy technician, students will learn to read medication orders, mix parenteral medications, assemble unit-doses of medications and prepare 24-hour patient medication carts. Students will also learn proper labeling for oral and parenteral medications. In order to become a state certified pharmacy technician, the student must earn the Pharmacy Technology diploma, work 1,000 hours as a registered pharmacy technician, and pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

The Pharmacy Technology program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (http://www.ashp.org) 4500 East-West Highway, Suite 900, Bethesda, MD  20814.

>>ASHP Pharmacy Technician Program Standards

Students are required to maintain a current American Heart Association “Basic Life Support” certification throughout the major studies courses. Prior to beginning the clinical phase of the pharmacy technology program, the student must complete MAT 152, MAT 101 or have the appropriate test scores.

Note: Drug Testing and Background Check will be completed during the first semester.

 

Required Courses

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES  
Courses   Credit Hours
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics  3.0
PSY 103 Human Relations OR 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
     
Subtotal   9.0
     
REQUIRED CORE SUBJECT AREAS  
PHM 101 Introduction to Pharmacy 3.0
PHM 103 Pharmacy Law and Ethics 2.0
PHM 110 Pharmacy Practice 4.0
PHM 113 Pharmacy Technician Math 3.0
PHM 114 Therapeutic Agents I 3.0
PHM 118 Community Pharmacy Seminar 1.0
PHM 124 Therapeutic Agents II 3.0
PHM 152 Pharmacy Technician Practicum I 2.0
PHM 164 Pharmacy Technician Practicum II 4.0
PHM 173 Pharmacy Technician Practicum III 3.0
PHM 202 Pharmacological Anatomy & Physiology 4.0
     
Subtotal   32.0
     
OTHER COURSES REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION  
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
AHS 116 Patient Care Relations 3.0
     
Subtotal   6.0
Total Credit Hours 47.0

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The mission of the Pharmacy Technology program is to provide an economically flexible didactic and clinical competency based curriculum which provides students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to master skills required to enter the entry-level job market in community and hospital pharmacy settings. This diploma program also strives to assist students in achieving personal and professional goals as well as instill life-long learning values.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the pharmacy department, technician duties and responsibilities.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacy/medical terms, abbreviations, and symbols used in prescribing and dispensing medication.
  3. Demonstrate procedures for manufacturing, packaging and labeling of drug products.
  4. Perform calculations for dosage.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of dosage, route of administration and dose forms.
  6. Perform dispensing of controlled substances as per federal and state guidelines.
  7. Demonstrate institutional and ambulatory drug preparation and distribution.