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Effective: Summer 2014

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: PHT 200L.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • State all the technician's primary job responsibilities, the duties falling under each job,and how their jobs differ from the primary responsibilities of the pharmacist.
  • Interpret,read,write,understand,communicate and define medical and pharmaceutical terminology as used in retail and hospital pharmacy.
Description -
Orientation to the role and working environment of the pharmacy technician, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. An introduction to the legal responsibilities and technical activities of the pharmacy technician. Intended for students in the Pharmacy Technician Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. state all of the technician's primary job responsibilities, the duties falling under each, and how they differ from the primary responsibilities of the pharmacist.
  2. define "Decision requiring professional judgment' and give examples.
  3. state the general requirements of any local, state, or federal regulations which specifically affect the responsibilities of the pharmacy technician.
  4. interpret the organizational structure of inpatient and outpatient pharmacies and the general responsibilities and job status of personnel with whom the pharmacy technician will have contact.
  5. describe the major hospital departments and service units.
  6. state reasons for initiation of a disciplinary action the pharmacy.
  7. memorize pharmaceutical/medical terminology, abbreviations and symbols commonly used in the prescribing, dispensing, and charting of medications in the pharmacy.
  8. differentiate between chemical, generic, Trade, and Official names of drugs.
  9. locate information using drug references.
  10. understand HIPAA regulations and state valid reasons for maintaining confidentiality of all patient information.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Textbooks, overhead, videotapes, multimedia cart, charts.
  2. College Library with generalized and specialized references.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to Role of Pharmacy Technician (Lec)
    1. Definition of pharmacy, registered pharmacist and pharmacy technician.
    2. Duties and education requirements of a registered pharmacist.
    3. Duties and education requirements of a pharmacy technician.
    4. Other non-licensed pharmacy personnel.
    5. Qualification for registration of a pharmacy technician.
    6. Application for registration.
    7. Training courses specified by the Pharmacy Board.
    8. Requirements for pharmacies employing pharmacy technicians.
    9. Areas of employment.
    10. Relationship between pharmacist and pharmacy technician.
  2. Professional Judgment Criteria (Lec)
    1. Ethical Rules for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
    2. Case studies
  3. Pharmaceutical/Pharmacy Technician governing bodies and organizations (Lec)
    1. Federal (FDA, DEA, OSHA, JCAHO, ASHP, APhA, DPS)
    2. State (BOAD, CPhA, CPhTA )
    3. Local (County organizations)
  4. Organizational structure. (Lec)
    1. Hospital governing structure
    2. Inpatient pharmacy organization and personnel
    3. Outpatient pharmacy organization and personnel
  5. Hospital Departments (Lec)
    1. Hospital personnel
    2. Departments
    3. Health Care team members
  6. General Conduct and Disciplinary Action. (Lec)
    1. Communication
    2. Professional attitude
    3. Dress
    4. Disciplinary action:
      1. State
      2. Institution
  7. Terminology and abbreviations (Lec)
    1. Medical terminology
      1. Prefixes and suffixes
      2. Nomenclature
    2. Pharmaceutical terminology
    3. Pharmaceutical abbreviations
      1. Routes of administration
      2. Scheduled times of administration
      3. Pharmaceutical dosage forms
      4. Miscellaneous pharmaceutical abbreviations
      5. Miscellaneous drug abbreviations
      6. Common chemical and chemical compound abbreviations
      7. Common vitamin and supplements
      8. Application of pharmaceutical abbreviations
    4. Medical abbreviations
  8. Naming of drugs (Lec)
    1. Chemical name
    2. Generic name
    3. Trade name
    4. Official name
    5. Combination drugs
  9. Drug Reference Information (Lec)
    1. Book resources
    2. Internet/Online resources
  10. HIPAA and privacy issues (Lec)
Methods of Evaluation -
The following evaluation methods may be used but are not limited to:
  1. Objective exams
  2. Lab Practical Exams
  3. Quizzes
  4. Laboratory Notebook
Representative Text(s) -
American Pharmacists Association, Perspective Press. The Pharmacy Technician. Fourth Edition. Englewood: Morton Publishing Company, 2010.
American Pharmacists Association, Perspective Press. The Pharmacy Technician Workbook & Certification Review. Fourth Edition. Englewood:Morton Publishing Company, 2010.
Darvey, Diane. Legal Handbook for Pharmacy Technicians. 1st Edition. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Inc, 2008.
Board of Pharmacy. Pharmacy Laws with Rules & Regulations. San Clemente, CA: Lawtech Publishing Company, 2011.
Wilson, Billie A.,Margaret Shannon and Kelly Shields. Pearson Nurse's Drug Guide. New York:Prentice-Hall, 2013.

Disciplines -
Pharmacy Technology
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion regarding topics.
  2. Small group recitation sessions to discuss concepts.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Weekly reading assignments from text and outside sources ranging from 10 to 20 pages per week.