Pharmacy Technician (PHRA)

PHRA 1202

Pharmacy Law

CRT HRS:2   LEC HRS:2   LAB HRS:0

This course is a survey of federal and state laws governing the practice of pharmacy. The legal and ethical constraints governing pharmacy technicians and pharmacists’ responsibilities in practice settings will be described.

Prerequisite: Completion of the previous semester courses with a grade of "C" or better.

PHRA 1243

Capstone: Pharmacy Technician Certification Review

CRT HRS:2   LEC HRS:2   LAB HRS:0

This is an overview of major topics covered on the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.

Prerequisite: Completion of the previous semester courses with a "C" or better.

PHRA 1268

CAPSTONE: Practicum

CRT HRS:2   LEC HRS:0   LAB HRS:0

This course provides practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and the student.

Prerequisite: Completion of the previous semester courses with a grade of "C" or better and permission from the department.

PHRA 1301

Introduction to Pharmacy

CRT HRS:3   LEC HRS:3   LAB HRS:0

This course is an overview of the qualifications, operational guidelines, and job duties of a pharmacy technician. Topics include definitions of a pharmacy environment, the profile of a pharmacy technician, legal and ethical guidelines, job skills and duties, verbal and written communication skills, professional resources, safety techniques, and supply and inventory techniques.

Prerequisite: None.

PHRA 1305

Drug Classification

CRT HRS:3   LEC HRS:3   LAB HRS:0

This course is an introduction to the study of disease processes, pharmaceutical drugs, abbreviations, classifications, dosages, actions in the body, and routes of administration.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Pharmacy Technology Program.

PHRA 1309

Pharmaceutical Mathematics I

CRT HRS:3   LEC HRS:2   LAB HRS:2

This course covers pharmaceutical mathematics including reading, interpreting, and solving calculation problems encountered in the preparation and distribution of drugs, conversion of measurement within the apothecary, avoirdupois, and metric system with emphasis on the metric system of weight and volume. Topics will include ratio and proportion, percentage, dilution and concentration, milliequivalent, units, intravenous flow rates, and solving dosage problems.

Prerequisite: None.

PHRA 1315

Pharmacy Terminology

CRT HRS:3   LEC HRS:3   LAB HRS:0

This course is a study of origins and structure through the introduction of prefixes, suffixes, and root words as it relates to a pharmaceutical setting. It focuses on translation and recognition of commonly used pharmacy abbreviations.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Pharmacy Technology Program.

PHRA 1340

Pharmacy Third Party Payment

CRT HRS:3   LEC HRS:3   LAB HRS:1

This course is an overview of the third party payment systems and its impact on health care and the impact of managed care on pharmacy reimbursements. It includes the principles and practices of managed care pharmacy, Medicaid and Medicare, payment plans, reimbursement methods, and formularies.

Prerequisite: Completion of the previous semester courses with a grade of "C" or better.

PHRA 1347

Pharmaceutical Mathematics II

CRT HRS:3   LEC HRS:2   LAB HRS:2

This course will cover solving basic math problems and demonstrating conversion between various systems of measurement; perform advanced dosage calculations including allilgations, body surface area, formula enlargement/reduction, and IV flow rate calculations.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Pharmacy Technology Program.

PHRA 1404

Pharmacotherapy and Disease Process

CRT HRS:4   LEC HRS:4   LAB HRS:0

This course is the study of disease state and the therapeutic properties of the drugs used in pharmaceutical therapy.

Prerequisite: Completion of the previous semester courses with a "C" or better.

PHRA 1413

Community Pharmacy Practice

CRT HRS:4   LEC HRS:2   LAB HRS:4

This course is an introduction to the skills necessary to process, prepare, label, and maintain records of physicians' medication orders and prescriptions in a community pharmacy. It is designed to train individuals in supply, inventory, and data entry. Topics include customer service, count and pour techniques, prescription calculations, drug selection and preparation, over-the-counter drugs, inventory management, record keeping, stock level adjustment, data input, editing, and legal parameters.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Pharmacy Technology Program.

PHRA 1441

Pharmacy Drug Therapy and Treatment

CRT HRS:4   LEC HRS:4   LAB HRS:0

This is a study of therapeutic agents, their classifications, properties, actions, and effects on the human body and their role in the management of disease. It provides detailed information regarding drug dosages, side effects, interactions, toxicities, and incompatibilities.

Prerequisite: Completion of the previous semester courses with "C" or better.

PHRA 1449

Institutional Pharmacy Practice

CRT HRS:4   LEC HRS:2   LAB HRS:6

This is an exploration of the fundamentals of the diverse roles and practice of pharmacy technicians in an institutional pharmacy with emphasis on daily pharmacy operation. Topics include in-depth coverage of hospital pharmacy organization, work flow and personnel, medical and pharmaceutical terminology, safety techniques, data entry, packaging and labeling operations, pharmaceutical compounding, inpatient drug distribution system, unit dose chart fills, continuous quality assurance, drug storage, and inventory control.

Prerequisite: Completion of the previous semester with a "C" or better.