|1. Description - |
|The practice of pharmacy technology skills in either inpatient or outpatient hospital environments developed in didactic and laboratory training. Activities will be evaluated by a preceptor. Intended for students in the pharmacy technology program.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- Assist the pharmacist in collecting, organizing, and evaluating information for direct patient care, drug use review, and departmental management.
- Receive and screen prescriptions/medications orders for completeness with the use of a computer database system.
- Prepare medications for distribution and distribute medications
- Control inventory according to established plan
- Purchase pharmaceuticals according to an established purchasing program.
- Monitor and removal of pharmaceutical inventory
- Maintain pharmacy equipment and facilities.
- Perform and complete unit dose packaging
- Perform and complete Bulk Compounding
- Operate the Pyxis Machine
- Utilize proper procedures for recording the preparation and dispensing of controlled substances and Investigational Drugs
- Assist the pharmacist for billing for Pharmacy Services
- Assist the pharmacist in the monitoring of counseling of patients
- Recognize Brand and generic drug names.
- Assist the pharmacist in monitoring the practice site and/or service area.
- Assist the pharmacist in the monitoring of drug therapy
- Calculate, compound, label, document, and store sterile, parenteral products.
- Compound cytotoxic and other hazardous drug products using proper technique.
- Follow safety policies and procedures in disposal of all hazardous wastes generated during medication preparation.
|3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Appropriate work station for each student . |
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
|Practical supervised experience will be provided by performing the following tasks: |
- Collection of pertinent patient information, for use by the pharmacist, from the medical chart, patient profile, prescription, or medical record. (Lab)
- Use of a typical computer database system for accurate entry and retrieval of information. (Lab)
- Procedures for preparation, labeling, and distribution of pharmaceuticals. (Lab)
- Unit dose
- Drawer/cassette filling
- Using automation to fill drawers
- Inventory, receiving, and storage of pharmaceuticals items (Lab)
- Equipment and devices
- Purchasing of pharmaceutical items (Lab)
- Equipment and devices
- Monitoring of pharmaceutical items (Lab)
- Expired/discontinued/recalled medications
- Expired/discontinued/recalled equipment and devices
- Expired/discontinued/recalled supplies
- Utilization and maintenance of counting, weighing, and measuring devices. (Lab)
- Unit dose packaging and dispensing. (Lab)
- Use of unit dose automated machine
- Proper labeling of unit dose items
- Bulk compounding, packaging and repackaging (Lab)
- Following hospital protocol
- Bulk packaging
- Bulk repackaging
- Documentation and safety policies
- Pyxis automated system (Lab)
- Loading of machine
- Maintenance of machine
- Controlled substances and investigational drugs (Lab)
- Controlled substance ordering and receiving
- DEA Form 222
- Inventory of controlled substances
- Investigational drug protocols
- payment and/or initiate billing for pharmacy services and goods. (Lab)
- RTS (Return to stock items)
- Assist the pharmacist in the identification of patients who desire counseling (Lab)
- Use of new medications
- Discharge medications
- Brand and generic drug name recognition. (Lab)
- Monitoring practice site or service area (Lab)
- Compliance with federal law
- Compliance with state law
- Compliance with regulations and professional standards.
- Monitoring of drug therapy (Lab)
- Drug allergies
- Potential drug interactions
- Aseptic pharmacy procedures (Lab)
- Laminar flow hoods
- Sterilization and cleaning procedures
- Preparation of parenteral solutions
- Preparation of parenteral admixtures
- Parenteral nutrition
- Inspection, labeling, storage, documentation, and filling of parenteral medications orders.
- Other sterile products
- Preparation of cytotoxic drug orders (Lab)
- Safety and special handling of hazardous drug products and waste products (Lab)
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- A checklist of tasks performed during clinical assignments will be maintained by the supervisor. Completion of these tasks will be assessed as to accuracy and adequacy of experience.
- Weekly written assignments will be utilized to determine the understanding of the tasks and responsibilities.
- Site visit by clinical coordinator or program director.
|7. Representative Text(s) - |
Foothill College Pharmacy Technician Handbook
American Pharmacists Association, Perspective Press, The Pharmacy Technician, Fourth Edition, Englewood: Morton Publishing Company, 2010.
|8. Disciplines - |
|Pharmacy Technician |
|9. Method of Instruction - |
|10. Lab Content - |
|Practical supervised experience will be provided in, but not limited to, the tasks, listed: |
- Collection of pertinent patient information, for use by the pharmacist, from the medical chart, patient profile, prescription, or medical record.
- Use of a typical computer database system for accurate entry and retrieval of information.
- Procedures for preparation, labeling, and distribution of pharmaceuticals.
- Inventory, receiving, and storage of pharmaceuticals items.
- Purchasing of pharmaceutical items.
- Monitoring of pharmaceutical items.
- Utilization and maintenance of counting, weighing, and measuring devices.
- Unit dose packaging and dispensing.
- Bulk compounding, packaging and repackaging
- Pyxis automated system
- Controlled substances and investigational drugs.
- payment and/or initiate billing for pharmacy services and goods.
- Assist the pharmacist in the identification of patients who desire counseling.
- Brand and generic drug name recognition.
- Monitoring practice site or service area.
- Monitoring of drug therapy.
- Aseptic pharmacy procedures.
- Preparation of cytotoxic drug orders.
- Safety and special handling of hazardous drug products and waste products.
|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 - |
- Weekly summary of clinical experiences
- Self-evaluation of experiential competency.
|13. Need/Justification - |
|This course is required core course for the A.S. degree and the Certificate of Achievement in the Pharmacy Technician program. |