Core
Pharmacy Technician (750 required hours)
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Prerequisite(s)
The Pharmacy Technician program is designed to prepare individuals to support pharmacists by performing a wide range of practice-related duties for retail, hospital, home care, mail-order and other pharmaceutical settings. Students will learn how to recognize the top medications, dosage forms and uses, fill prescriptions for patients, and prepare IV medications. The program includes student participation in a 180-hour clinical pharmacy externship.
Pharmacy Technician Math examines basic mathematic skills and math concepts that are related to the pharmacy industry. During this course, you will study systems of measurement, formulas, intravenous flow rates, and other calculations used in the pharmacy industry. Upon completing this course, students will have a strong foundation in required mathematics as well as an introduction to the terminology and abbreviations used in pharmaceutical occupations.
Students who complete this course will know the duties of a pharmacy technician and have a basic understanding of the pharmacy, pharmacy law, ethics, HIPAA, terminology, conversions, and basic math principles. Students will also be introduced to federal, state, and local laws as part of the technician’s duties in assisting the pharmacist.
Students who complete this course should recognize pharmacy technician duties regarding the filling and deciphering of prescriptions. Students will also demonstrate a basic understanding of pharmacy procedures when typing and filling prescriptions. Best practices when dealing with prescriptions for controlled substances will be provided. Also provided is an introduction to federal, state, and local laws and procedures as part of the technician’s duties in assisting the pharmacist while filling prescriptions.
Students who complete this course should recognize basic pharmacological terms and be able to differentiate between pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Students will distinguish different parts of the body and how medication affects each specific region. Students will also be familiar with drug classifications and definitions, as well as knowledge of common medications in each class.
To be a skilled pharmacy technician, knowledge of brand name, generic name, and indications for each of these medications is important. This course requires students to study the characteristics of the most commonly prescribed medications dispensed in pharmacies today.
Medication errors can be deadly, and for the sake of the patient’s health, accuracy is one of the most important skills a pharmacy technician should master. Some technicians provide counsel on the uses of over-the-counter (OTC) medications. These technicians have a vast knowledge of the uses of OTC medications, vitamins, and herbal products. During this course, you will continue to study the most commonly prescribed medications, in addition to common OTC medications and the important techniques used in pharmacies to reduce medication errors.
Pharmacy Comprehension provides hands-on experience in the major fields of pharmacy. During this course, you will practice filling a prescription from start to finish, using the laminar airflow hood while demonstrating proper aseptic technique, filling an IV bag, and compound medications. You will also study of the different roles technicians play in the varying pharmacy fields.
Externship Preparation emphasizes the four main aspects of pharmacy: retail, hospital, sterile compounding, and extemporaneous compounding. During this course, you will demonstrate proficiency in the day-to-day operations in each of the four settings by performing all duties accurately and efficiently. Upon completion of this course, you will have the training needed to begin your externship.
The Pharmacy Technician clinical externship experience helps you transition from a student into a professional role by allowing you to demonstrate the procedure knowledge, skills and professional attributes learned in the program while working in a pharmacy. This experience takes place under the supervision of a pharmacist or pharmacy technician and includes skill practice and evaluation. The Davis Tech externship coordinator periodically visits the pharmacy to evaluate your progress and performance. All program course work must be completed prior to enrolling in this course.
The Pharmacy Technician clinical externship experience helps you transition from a student into a professional role by allowing you to demonstrate the procedure knowledge, skills and professional attributes learned in the program while working in a pharmacy. This experience takes place under the supervision of a pharmacist or pharmacy technician and includes skill practice and evaluation. The Davis Tech externship coordinator periodically visits the pharmacy to evaluate your progress and performance. All program course work must be completed prior to enrolling in this course.
Workplace Success is designed to help students develop essential work habits and attitudes as well as human-relation skills needed to maintain gainful and satisfying employment. Topics include common challenges faced in the workplace, such as presenting yourself professionally, developing a professional work ethic, developing interpersonal skills, navigating office politics successfully, and planning and managing your career.
Job Seeking Skills explores how to prepare and successfully apply to potential career opportunities. During this course, you will be presented with essential job-seeking skills needed to find gainful employment.
Additional Electives
Pharmacy Technician (0 required hours)
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Certificate and Licensure Study Prep emphasizes requirements and paperwork for the State of Utah licensing and prepares students for the national certification exam. During this course, you will explore the differences between certification and licensure. You will study Continuing Education and which types of credits count toward recertification. You will also prepare and complete documentation for the national exam.
Support Courses
Pharmacy Technician (0 required hours)
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Students in this course will receive assistance with essential reading, math, or computer skills to supplement their program study.
Students will learn to use effective study habits and strategies for remembering information found in their textbooks and heard in-class lectures. Students will also learn to use a strategy for reading and taking notes from textbooks, taking notes in class, and learn effective strategies for taking the five types of tests most frequently given by teachers.