Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
1 hour lecture.1 Unit

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 12 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 1 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: Non-ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Stand Alone Course
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: NoneValidation: 6/15/10; 11/15/13

1. Description -
Introduction to the pharmaceutical sciences and the functions of a pharmacy technician in health care. Role of the pharmacy technician, areas of specialization in the field, technical standards, state registration requirements and employment opportunities.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement as determined by score on the English placement test OR through an equivalent placement process OR completion of ESLL 25 & ESLL 249.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Describe the Foothill College Pharmacy Technology Curriculum.
  2. State the requirements and explain the application process for the Foothill College Pharmacy Technician Program.
  3. Describe orally and in writing the role of the pharmacy technician in various health care settings.
  4. Discuss the technical standards and demands and role of the pharmacy technician.
  5. Describe in writing the state requirements for registration
  6. Orally present the results of a pharmacy visitation and and what is required of a pharmacy technician from an expert in the profession.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Pharmacy Technology Laboratory, audio visual aids, pharmacy clinical sites.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Foothill Pharmacy Technician Program.
    1. ASHP Curriculum
      1. Course requirements
        1. prerequisites
        2. Program course work
          1. lecture courses
          2. lab courses
      2. Grading policies
    2. Financial requirements
    3. Transportation requirements
    4. Externships
  2. Foothill College Pharmacy Technician Admission Criteria
    1. Application process
  3. Role of the Pharmacy Technician in various health care settings
    1. Outpatient/Retail Setting
    2. Inpatient/Hospital Setting
    3. Specialized pharmacy settings
      1. hospice/oncology
      2. skilled nursing facilities
      3. compounding pharmacy
      4. mail order pharmacy
  4. Standards of the Pharmacy Technician Profession
    1. Desirable characteristics of a pharmacy technician
      1. personality traits
      2. professional behavioral requirements and expectations
    2. Technical standards
    3. Job responsibilities and duties
    4. Pharmacy health care ethics
    5. Wages/salary range
      1. Local and surrounding wages
      2. Out of State
      3. Wage differential based on pharmacy setting
    6. Job opportunities
      1. Levels of job satisfaction
      2. Other pharmacy tech related job opportunities
  5. Requirements for California State License
    1. Specific state registration requirements
    2. PTCE national board testing
  6. Pharmacy visitation
    1. Interview with Pharmacy Staff
      1. Pharmacy Technician
      2. Pharmacist
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
The following evaluation methods may include but are not limited to:
  1. Written research paper
  2. Oral presentation
  3. Class discussion participation
  4. Comprehensive exam
7. Representative Text(s) -
Instructor generated materials.

8. Disciplines -
Pharmacy Technology
9. Method of Instruction -
Class discussion

10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Review of reading packet, assigned online references
  2. Individual reports (written and oral)based on research and field trip interviews at pharmacies.
13. Need/Justification -
This course provides the student with an overview of the field of Pharmacy Technology and is intended for those considering a career in health care as a Pharmacy Technician. This course is a prerequisite for admission consideration for the Pharmacy Technician Program.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-12 13:17:44

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines