Pharmacy Technician

Course Descriptions
Certificate of Program Completion (Catalog Year: 2018)

PHMT 0000 - Pharmacy Technician Orientation 0 Hours
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.  
BTEC 1005 - Keyboarding I 30 Hours
This course provides an introduction to the computer keyboard and is designed to help the student develop proper keyboarding techniques, with an emphasis on increasing keyboarding speed and accuracy to a minimum job-market level of 40 wpm. Students will be given intensive skill building practice using drills and timed writings.  
WKSK 1400 - Workplace Relations 60 Hours
This course will help you develop essential human-relation skills needed to maintain gainful and satisfying employment. It includes familiarization with problematic areas found in the workforce including: presenting yourself professionally, developing a professional work ethic, developing interpersonal skills, winning at office politics, and planning and managing your career.  
WKSK 1500 - Job Seeking Skills 30 Hours
Students in this course will learn to prepare and successfully apply to potential career opportunities. Students will be presented with essential job-seeking skills needed to find gainful employment.  
PHMT 1001 - Pharmacy Technician Math 60 Hours
Students will review basic mathematic skills and study new math concepts relating to the pharmacy industry. Upon completion of the course, students will have a strong foundation in the required mathematics as well as an introduction to the terminology and abbreviations used in pharmaceutical occupations.  
PHMT 1000 - Introduction to Pharmacy 30 Hours
Students who complete this course will know the duties of a pharmacy technician and have a basic understanding of the pharmacy, pharmacy law, ethics, and HIPAA. Students will also be introduced to federal, state, and local laws as part of the technician’s duties in assisting the pharmacist.  
PHMT 1006 - The Filling Process 45 Hours
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. Students will learn the best practices when dealing with prescriptions for controlled substances. 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.  
PHMT 1020 - Pharmacology and the Human Body 45 Hours
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.  
PHMT 1105 - Medications I 75 Hours
To be a skilled pharmacy technician, knowledge of the use of medications, their brand, generic names, dosage forms, and strengths are important. This course requires students to study the characteristics of the most commonly prescribed medications dispensed in pharmacies today.  
PHMT 1115 - Medications II 75 Hours
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, students will continue to learn about the most commonly prescribed medications, in addition to common OTC medications and the important techniques used in pharmacies to reduce medication errors.  
PHMT 1605 - Pharmacy Lab and Management 90 Hours
This course is designed to provide the student with hands-on experience in the major fields of pharmacy. Students will learn how to fill a prescription from start to finish, how to use the laminar air flow hood while demonstrating proper aseptic technique, how to fill an IV bag, and how to compound medications. The student will gain an understanding of the different roles technicians play in the varying pharmacy fields.  
PHMT 1805 - Externship Preparation 60 Hours
Students in this course will practice the duties of a pharmacy technician in multiple settings, including retail, hospital, compounding, and long-term care pharmacies. Students will learn the day-to-day operations of the pharmacy work. Students will also learn to solve difficult ethical, clinical, and practical issues. Students will be expected to identify names of medication, DEA schedules, and pharmacy law. Students will also review the externship requirements with an instructor.  
PHMT 1905 - Pharmacy Technician Externship I 90 Hours
The first of a two course offering, this externship for the pharmacy technician program synthesizes the information learned in the other parts of the program and puts it into action in a pharmacy setting. Students in this course are provided the opportunity to demonstrate his or her abilities as a pharmacy technician in a retail pharmacy setting and have those abilities evaluated for areas of strength and areas to be developed. It will provide the student with valuable feedback on ways to become a true professional in the field. Students must complete 180 hours of on-the-job training which will be divided into two 90-hour courses.  
PHMT 1906 - Pharmacy Technician Externship II 90 Hours
The second of a two course offering, this externship for the pharmacy technician program synthesizes the information learned in the other parts of the program and puts it into action in a pharmacy setting. Students in this course are provided the opportunity to demonstrate his or her abilities as a pharmacy technician in an institutional pharmacy setting and have those abilities evaluated for areas of strength and areas to be developed. It will provide the student with valuable feedback on ways to become a true professional in the field. Students must complete 180 hours of on-the-job training which will be divided into two 90-hour courses.  
PHMT 1951 - Certificate and Licensure Study Prep 30 Hours
During this course, emphasis is placed on preparing the paperwork for the State of Utah licensure and studying for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).