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PHT 170 - Introduction to Pharmacy Technology

2 Credits, 2 Contact Hours
2 lecture periods 0 lab periods

An overview of the history, structure, operation, and function of the pharmacy, and the roles of the pharmacist and pharmacy support personnel. Includes: medical terminology, emphasizing common medical roots, prefixes, and suffixes; pharmaceutical abbreviations; and dosage forms and routes of administration. Also includes: information and reference resources; an introduction to third-party payment systems, HMO’s, Medicare, and Medicaid; and contemporary issues, including legal and ethical aspects and future concepts in pharmacy.

Prerequisite(s): With a C or better: REA 091  or assessment into REA 112  and WRT 090  or assessment into WRT 101 .
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the history and structure of pharmacy operations.
  2. Describe pharmacy practice settings.
  3. Discuss legal and ethical confidentiality aspects of Pharmacy.
  4. Discuss the role and necessary skills of pharmacy support personnel.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of pharmaceutical payment mechanisms and the third party role.
  6. Locate relevant pharmacy websites and reference materials.
  7. Knowledge of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accreditation standards and requirements.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Discuss the history and structure of pharmacy operations.
  2. Describe pharmacy practice settings.
  3. Discuss legal and ethical confidentiality aspects of Pharmacy.
  4. Discuss the role of pharmacy support personnel.
  5. Describe the job description and necessary skills of pharmacy support personnel.
  6. Describe direct patient care delivery systems within the pharmacy environment.
  7. Demonstrate understanding of the role of measurements and pharmacy calculations.
  8. Identify routes of administration and dosage forms.
  9. Identify pharmaceutical-medical terms, abbreviations and symbols commonly used in the prescribing, dispensing and documenting of medications in both institutional and community pharmacies.
  10. Demonstrate understanding of pharmaceutical payment mechanisms and the third party role.
  11. Demonstrate understanding of wellness promotion and disease prevention concepts, such as, use of health screenings, health practices and environmental factors that impact health; and adverse effects of alcohol, tobacco and legal and illegal drugs.
  12. Locate relevant pharmacy websites and reference materials.
  13. Express the importance of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accreditation standards and requirements.
  14. Make an informed decision concerning Pharmacy Technology as a career.

Outline:
  1. History and Structure of Pharmacy
  2. Pharmacy Practice Settings
  3. Legal, Ethical, and Confidentiality Issues in Pharmacy
  4. Role of Pharmacy Support Personnel
  5. Job Description and Skills of Pharmacy Support Personnel
  6. Direct Patient Care Delivery Systems for Pharmacy
  7. Basic Pharmaceutical Operations
    1. Compounding
    2. Measuring
    3. Calculations
  8. Dosage Forms and Routes of Administration
  9. Medical Terminology and Abbreviations in Pharmacy
    1. Common medical roots, prefixes and suffixes
    2. Common symbols
    3. Abbreviations
  10. Third Party Payment System
  11. Wellness Promotion and Disease Prevention
    1. Health Fairs, Brochures, and Education
  12. Drug and Alcohol Effects
    1. Importance of Proper Drinking Levels
    2. Body System Effects
  13. Sources of Pharmacy Information: Reference Books, Handbooks, Websites
  14. American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP) Accreditation Standards and Requirements


Effective Term:
Fall 2016



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