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Pharmacy (PHAR)


PHAR 100 Intro Pharm Practice for Techs

Credits: 3

Term: (F)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pharmacy Technician Program.

The purpose of this course is to initiate the student to the roles/functions/expectations of the pharmacy technician. This course will explore professional courtesy, behavior, dress, and communications, as well as ethical behavior and confidential communications. This course covers basic communication in the business environment, including verbal and non-verbal communication, listening, speaking, reading, good customer service, and appropriate answers to common interview questions. This course includes the shadowing of a pharmacy technician for 2-3 hours.

PHAR 101 Pharmacy Calculations

Credits: 3

Term: (F)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pharmacy Technician Program.

This course teaches calculations used in pharmacy practice including: various systems of weights and measures, dosage determinations, percentage preparations, reducing and enlarging formulas, dilution and concentration. This course provides basic knowledge of the most commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals with an emphasis on classification, indications, therapeutic effects, side effects, interactions, and contraindications.

PHAR 104 Pharm Dispensing Lab

Credits: 4

Term: (F)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pharmacy Technician Program

This course explores the day-to-day operations of both hospital and retail pharmacy. Students will simulate skills in filling perscriptions, extermporaneously compound oral, topical, and sterile products and suppositories, prepare oral syringes, hand-washing proceedures, aseptic technique in accordance with USP 797, utilizie pharmacy references, reconstitute lyophilized powders, manipulate ampules, maintain electronic medical records, handle OTC products, inventory records, prepare and maintain medications, operate cash register, and prepare total parenteral nutrition (TPN).

PHAR 120 Medication Safety

Credits: 3

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Completion of first semester of Pharmacy Technician Program.

This course teachs how to dispense drugs without error. Students will learn quality improvement, the role of the patient in preventing medication errors, identify risks, prescription workflow, monitoring and learning from mistakes, and looking at cases and events from actual claims against pharmacies.

PHAR 198A Internship-Retail

Credits: 4

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: PHAR 100, PHAR 101, PHAR 104, HTH 180, and BIOH 104 with a C- or higher.

Observational training and practice in a retail pharmacy settings under the supervision of a pharmacist. Students will experience processing and labeling prescriptions, register transactions, prescription pick-up procedures, purchasing, control of inventory, order entry, patient profiles, and effective communication skills.

PHAR 198B Internship-Hospital/other

Credits: 4

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: PHAR 100, PHAR 101, PHAR 104, HTH 180, and BIOH 104 with a C- or higher.

Observational training and practice in an ambulatory care pharmacy settings under the supervision of a pharmacist. Students will experience dispensing, unit-dose systems, prepare IV solutions in accordance with established protocols, bulk and sterile compounding, purchasing, control of inventory, order entry, patient profiles, and effective communication skills.