Pharmacy Technician



Program Objective: This program is designed to provide the students with the basics for an entry-level position in the pharmaceutical industry as a Pharmacy Technician. The curriculum provides the student with a general knowledge of the principles of pharmacology and pharmacy law. The student will learn the foundation of drug therapy, administration, preparation, and distribution in retail and institutional pharmacy operations. This program is approved by the Florida Department of Health, Board of Pharmacy number # RTTP344.

Program Description: This program is designed to provide students with a foundation in Pharmacy Technician. It consists of a hands-on approach to the most widely used training in pharmaceutical facilities throughout America. All the Pharmacy courses including Pharmacy Insurance, Pharmacology Calculations, Foundations of Hospital & Pharmacy, Drug Therapy & Administration, Retail Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Pharmacy Practice for Technicians, Review for National Certification Exam, and Pharmacy Operations & Management are considered the backbone of the program. Other course like Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Principles of Pharmacology, Pharmacy Law and Mental health & Alternative Medicine places emphasis as a support roles. The Career and Professional Development course enable the student to focus their attention on resume writing and job interview techniques.

This program is taught in two modalities:

  1. Face-to-Face
  2. Blended (a combination of Interactive Distance Leaning (IDL) and Face-to-Face) Externship is the only course that must be taken in a retail pharmaceutical facility where pharmaceutical tasks are performed under the supervision of a certified Pharmacist.
Total Number of Quarter Credit Hours 54.5
Total Number of Clock Hours 840
Total Number of Quarters / Weeks / Months 3 / 30 / 7
Credential awarded Diploma
Course Code Course Description Clock Hours Credit Hours
MED 001 Medical Terminology 30 3
MED 006 Anatomy and Physiology 30 3
MED 051 Pharmacy Insurance 50 3
MED 054 Pharmacology Calculations 50 3
MED 056 Principles of Pharmacology 40 4
MED 057 Pharmacy Law 40 4
240 20
MED 052 Foundations of Hospital and Pharmacy 40 3
MED 053 Drug Therapy and Administration 50 3
MED 055 Retail Pharmacy and Pharmacology 50 3
MED 059 Mental Health and Alternative Medicine 40 4
MED 060 Pharmacy Practice for Technicians 60 3.5
240 16.5
MED 061 Review for National Certification Exam 80 5
PTN 1730 Pharmacy Operations and Management 50 3
SLS1401 Career and Professional Development 50 4
PHT EXT Pharmacy Technician Externship 180 6
360 18

This course is an introduction to medical terminology. Students will learn the current medical nomenclature as well as the Latin prefixes, roots, and suffixes that translate their medical meaning. In addition, students will learn to use the medical references and resources for research and practice.

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic anatomy of the human body as well as the individual functions of the organs. Classes are structured starting from the elemental atom, and progressing in complexity until the organism is fully integrated as a functional unit.

This course is designed to help students become familiar with the insurance claim forms for the different providers such as private insurance plans, government plans, retirement benefits, workers compensation, and military insurance programs.

This course is designed to enable students understand the importance of the accuracy in the drugs dosages, compounds and mixtures as well as the prevention of medication errors such as overdosing or under dosing.

This course is designed to introduce the students to an overview of drug interactions, side effects and toxicology. It is also an opportunity to acquire knowledge about the anti-microbial and the patient’s adjustment to the drug regiment, including their adverse effects.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the legal and ethical aspects of pharmacy law. Students will become acquainted with Federal and State laws which regulate the pharmacy practices.

This course is designed to provide the student with an overall understanding of common tasks performed by a pharmacy technician in a hospital setting. Tasks include policies and procedures, responsibilities of the patient, and outpatient procedures. Students will familiarize themselves with intravenous flow rates of large volume and a small volume of IV, infusion of IV are discussed and calculated. Hands-on skills in the laboratory practice setting are performed.

This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of the right drug administration and delivery. Students will also become familiar with the aspects of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics and toxicology

This course provides students with the skills required to process prescription orders, production, repacking, labels, charges and payments. Students will practice extemporaneous compounding and non- sterile preparation.

This course emphasis on mental disorders includes a wide range of problems, including Anxiety, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorders as well as post-traumatic medications. Students will learn the most common medication errors, alternative medication, and Food & Drug Interactions.

This course is designed to study the therapeutic agents, properties, actions and effects on the human body and their role in the management of disease, specifically in the management of pharmacy medication therapy as practiced in the retail setting. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to define various disease processes, patterns, and pathogenic organisms.

This course prepares the student for the national certification test. National certification develops, maintains, promotes and administers a nationally accredited certification and recertification program for pharmacy technicians. It enables the most effective support of pharmacists to advance patient safety.

This course is designed to provide the students with hands-on training and help them master the information and skills necessary to be successful pharmacy technicians. The various activities will challenge their knowledge, help further key concepts, and allow students to gauge their understanding of the subject matter studied in the program.

This course is designed to help the student develop the necessary skills and knowledge needed to enter the current job market. This preparation will be accomplished by helping students improve their communication skills in a business environment, their resume writing skills as well as their job searching and job interviewing techniques.

This 180-hour externship is designed to provide the student with supervised, practical hands-on and observational experience in a working pharmacy. Students will be expected to gain experiences in either a hospital pharmacy or a community (retail) pharmacy. Students will gain exposure on-the-job experience and training in a pharmacy setting. Skills learned will be put to the test on a daily basis. The student will gain experience in all aspect of drug preparation and distribution utilization.
Prerequisite: to participate in the “Pharmacy Technician” externship program, students must have earned passing grades in every course in quarters one and two.

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