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Pharmacy Technology (PHMT)

PHMT 1013 - Pharmacy Calculations

The course focuses on the math skills required to function in the role of a Pharmacy Technician in both institutional/hospital and community/retail settings. This course will review basic math skills. The comparisons and conversions between measurements systems commonly used in health care are introduced. The student will read medication orders and perform calculations to process the order correctly. This course will teach students the calculations for special populations, IV administration, mixtures, solid and liquid dosages, powders, and conversion calculations. Passing a competency test to demonstrate the student’s ability to meet the industry standard is required for completion of the course. Prerequisite: Foundations of College Math 2C, or Compass’ Intermediate Algebra score of 36-41, ACT score of 19, or equivalent placement and acceptance into the Pharmacy Technology Program or Program Director Approval.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Nursing

PHMT 1103 - Introduction to Pharmacy

This course serves as an introduction to the profession of pharmacy. This course will cover an overview of the following topics: history, federal law, practice settings, roles of pharmacy personnel, professional standards and ethics, medication filling process, general overview of body systems, drug classifications, dosage forms, routes of medication administration, agencies and associations, medication errors and safety, inventory, billing and reimbursement, and pharmaceutical research. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pharmacy Technology Program or Program Director Approval.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Nursing

PHMT 1104 - Pharmacology I

The course serves as an introduced to the fundamentals and concepts of pharmacology. Body structure and function are incorporated as related to respective topics. Medications, drug classifications, and interactions with selected diseases are studied using body systems as the framework. Emphasis is on the information that allows the student to think critically and make appropriate decisions in their role of a Pharmacy Technician to assist the Pharmacist in avoiding errors and providing quality health care. Drugs that treat/affect the following body systems will be covered in this Part I of the 2-Part course: nervous system, musculoskeletal system, ophthalmic and otic, and cardiovascular. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pharmacy Tech program or Program Director Approval.
Units: 4
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Nursing

PHMT 1202 - Aseptic Techniques & Compounding w/Lab

This course focuses on the principles of non-sterile compounding and sterile compounding. Students will learn the principles in the classroom and then apply them in the laboratory setting. This course will be primarily competency driven through laboratory exercises. Concepts related to the course principles that are imperative to mastering skills taught in this course are as followed: medication errors and prevention, infection control, pharmacy and health care equipment and supplies, drug and medical terminology, pharmacy calculations, and knowledge of the dispensing process in both community and institutional pharmacy. Students will build on their base knowledge of quality assurance by applying those principles to technician activities in the lab. Prerequisite: PHMT 1104. Lab Fee.
Units: 2
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Nursing

PHMT 1203 - Community Pharmacy Practice w/Lab

The course will expand the student’s basic knowledge of community pharmacy practice by providing an in depth look into this specific setting. This course will provide hands on during the lab hours to enhance comprehension of concepts pertaining to community pharmacy. Focus areas of learning will include pharmacy law and regulations, dispensing medications in the community pharmacy setting, business aspects of community pharmacy, communication, and medication safety and error prevention. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pharmacy Technology Program or Program Director Approval. Lab Fee.
Units: 3
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Nursing

PHMT 1204 - Pharmacology II

The course builds on Pharmacology I with continued study of medications, drug classifications, and interactions with selected diseases using body systems as a framework. Body structure and function are incorporated as related to respective topics. There is continued emphasis on the information allowing the student to think critically and make appropriate decisions in their role as a Pharmacy Technician to assist the Pharmacist in avoiding errors. Prerequisite: PHMT 1104
Units: 4
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Nursing

PHMT 1213 - Institutional Pharmacy Practice w/Lab

The course will expand on the student’s basic knowledge of institutional pharmacy practice by providing an in depth look into this setting. This course will provide hands on during the lab hours to enhance comprehension of concepts pertaining to the institutional pharmacy. Focus areas of learning will include pharmacy law and regulations, dispensing medications in the institutional pharmacy setting, business aspects of institutional pharmacy, communication, and medication safety and error prevention. Provide general knowledge and understanding of sterile products, aseptic techniques, parenteral compounding, and IV admixtures. Prerequisite: PHMT 1104. Lab Fee.
Units: 3
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Nursing

PHMT 2012 - Preparing for the Profession

The course is a final review of skills learned throughout the pharmacy core curriculum. Main pharmacy topics reviewed in this course will be the sub divisions of the practice of pharmacy covered in the national exam. The pharmacy practice material covered in this course includes: assisting the pharmacist in serving patients, maintaining medication and inventory control systems, and participating in the administration and management of pharmacy practice. This course runs concurrently with pharmacy internships to assist students in the successful completion of all internship objectives. Students will sit for the national exam as part of this course and preparation for this exam will be the primary focus of the course. In preparation for the students’ job search a cover letter, resume, reference list, and the composition of a thank you response to a potential employer will be created. Prerequisite: Program Director Approval.
Units: 2
Offered: Summer Semesters
Area: Nursing

PHMT 2014 - Clinical Externship

Students practice skills developed in the didactic and laboratory phases of their training in an environment that provides Community/Retail pharmacy services and an environment that provides Institutional/Hospital pharmacy services. The student will engage in the full capacity of technician duties that might be performed by a pharmacy technician at the particular site. The student will be evaluated by the preceptor at each site. Preceptor, and pharmacy staff, will engage students in the clinical environment and provide hands on experiences with the necessary skills of a pharmacy technician. Areas of competency include: Storage & Control, Documentation, Inventory & Billing, Community Pharmacy Practice/Institutional Pharmacy Practice, Technology, Communication, Recordkeeping & HIPAA, and Error Prevention & Quality Control. The student will complete 180 total hours between the two (2) practice sites. Prerequisite: Program Director Approval. Lab Fee. Testing Fee.
Units: 4
Offered: Summer Semesters
Area: Nursing