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PHAR 1100 -- Intro to Pharmaceuticals (with lab),   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Admission to the Pharmacy Technician Program

This class will provide limited information on the use and side effects of the top 100 medications used in the pharmaceutical industry within specified classifications. Students will review drug trade names and generic names as well as drug classifications and routes of administration. Drug classifications include anti-infectives, endocrine, gastrointestinal, hormone, narcotic, neurological, psychiatric, renal and respiratory. Routes of administration topics include topical, ophthalmic, otic and oral agents.


PHAR 2100 -- Pharmacy Communications (with lab),   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: PHAR 1100

This class will introduce the student to medication laws, standards, and regulations affecting pharmacy technicians. Quality assurance and quality control will be examined as well as professional behaviors needed to become a successful pharmacy technician. The in-depth role of a pharmacy technician will be explored. Diversity and healthcare confidentiality will be explored in detail.


PHAR 2110 -- Pharmacy Medications Lab,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: PHAR 1100

This lab will introduce the student to hands-on experience in the production of pharmaceutical products. Medication preparation, labeling, product storage, providing supplemental patient information, and quality assurance will be demonstrated and mastered. Throughout this course, students gain an appreciation for the value of technician certification and active involvement in professional organizations.


PHAR 2120 -- Drug Use and Reactions (with lab),   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: PHAR 1100

This course builds upon the basic medication information learned in Introduction to Pharmaceuticals with lab. It will provide students in depth information on the therapeutic use and side effects of prescription medications, nonprescription medications, and alternative therapies. For each medication studied, students learn the brand and generic name, standard pronunciation, dosage forms, and routes of administration. Therapeutic areas covered include cardiac agents, muscle relaxants, narcotic analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, immunizations, and neoplastic agents. Inventory and purchasing guidelines, professional communication, customer service skills, safety, and medication error prevention will be explored and practiced.


PHAR 2130 -- Pharmacy Administration and Medical Billing Lab,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: PHAR 1100

The administrative lab outlines the role of medical insurance and pharmacy billing within the pharmacy industry. Students demonstrate the use of current technology to carry out administrative pharmacy tasks. Medication dispensing and over-the-counter compliance in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations is outlined and practiced in simulated scenarios. Students practice interpreting prescriptions by learning common pharmacy terms and abbreviations.


PHAR 2297 -- Pharmacy Technician Internship,   5 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Permission of Program Director

Students practice skills developed throughout the certificate program in an environment that employs pharmacy technicians. The first internship rotation will provide infusion services whereas the second rotation will be within a community or outpatient pharmacy that does not offer infusion services. Performance of all activities performed by a pharmacy technician at the specific site will be evaluated by the site supervisor.


PHAR 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Independent Study allows a student to earn credit while participating in a supervised learning experience in a community-based or work setting. Students must have successfully completed two courses in the discipline in which they want to undertake independent study. Forms are available in the Educational Services Office. All arrangements must be made prior to registration for the semester in which the project is scheduled and must be approved by the appropriate Dean of Educational Services. In addition, a project outline must be approved by the instructor who will supervise the student's work.


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