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Effective: Summer 2014

Advisory: 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 125 & ESLL 249.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: None
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • State the requirements for admission,technical standards, schedule,legal requirements of the Pharmacy Technician Program and federal and state laws.
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of the role of the pharmacy technician in providing health care utilizing interviews during a pharmacy visitation.
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.

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.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Pharmacy Technology Laboratory, audio visual aids, pharmacy clinical sites.

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
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
Representative Text(s) -
Instructor generated materials.

Disciplines -
Pharmacy Technology
Method of Instruction -
Class discussion

Lab Content -
Not applicable.
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.