Pharmacy Technician

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Certificate in Pharmacy Technician
The Pharmacy Technician certificate program develops the necessary skills in students to provide medication to patients and perform almost every function in the pharmacy. Students receive instructions required for pharmacy operations which include patient data entry, taking refill requests, performing inventory control, dealing with insurance companies, operating health care information systems, etc. The pharmacy technician graduate will be qualified for entry-level employment in retail pharmacies, various hospitals, and mail-order pharmacies.

The subjects for this program are:

MTY 101: Medical Terminology

In this phase the students will get familiar with medical terms, including prefixes, root words, and suffixes. The student will study provider and medical abbreviations as well as disease, psychology and treatment methodology. This course will emphasize studying the following body systems: urinary, integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, reproductive, nervous, endocrine, eyes, ears, nose and throat.

MAP 201: Medical Anatomy and Physiology

This course is designed for students to learn the structure and function of human anatomy, including the integumentary, musculoskeletal, digestive systems, neuroendocrine, urinary, reproductive, respiratory, and circulatory systems.

ITP 202: Introduction to Pharmacy

It is an overview of the qualifications, operational guidelines, and job duties of a pharmacy technician. Topics include definitions of a pharmacy environment, the profile of a pharmacy technician, legal and ethical guidelines, job skills and duties, verbal and written communication skills, professional resources, safety techniques, supply and inventory techniques.

PMD 203: Pharmaceutical Math and Drug Dose Calculations

This course focuses on arithmetic principles, the metric system, weights and volumes of liquids, dosage calculations, conversions, percentage preparations, dilutions, and concentrations. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to: 1) identify dosage measured in units, in apothecary measures, and in household measures; 2) identify scored tablets, unscored tablets, and capsules; 3) measure oral solutions using a medicine cup; and 4) measure parenteral solutions and dosages.

PTT 204: Pharmacy Drug Therapy and Treatment

It is the study of therapeutic agents, their classifications, properties, actions, and effects on the human body and their role in the management of disease. Students will learn to provide detailed information regarding drug dosages, side effects, interactions, toxicities, and incompatibilities.

PEP 205: Pharmacy Ethics and Procedures

This topic describes the unique role and practice of pharmacy technicians in an institutional pharmacy with emphasis on daily pharmacy operation. Topics include hospital pharmacy organization, work flow and personnel, medical and pharmaceutical terminology, safety techniques, data entry, packaging and labeling operations, extemporaneous compounding, inpatient drug distribution systems, unit dose chart fills, quality assurance, drug storage, and inventory control. Also this course focuses on relating to customers on a one-on-one basis. Emphasis is placed on the people skills needed to enhance a company, its public image, and satisfy its customers. Upon completion of this subject students will be able to: 1) demonstrate professional verbal communication with customers; 2) appropriate non-verbal communication; and 3) explain procedures for handling difficult customers.

IAS 206: Intravenous Admixture / Sterile Compunding

A study of sterile products, hand washing techniques, pharmaceutical calculations, safety techniques, aseptic techniques in parenteral compounding, proper use of equipment, preparation of sterile products, and safe handling of antineoplastic drugs.

PTC 207: Pharmacy Technician Certification Review

This course focuses on reviewing the requirements for certifications. Students will take a practice exam. Upon completion of this subject students will be able to: 1) receive and process a medication order; 2) prepare and use a patient profile; 3) handle medications; 4) explain aseptic techniques; and 5) calculate pharmaceutical doses.

The program is available in all three study modes (full-time day student, part-time evening student, and part-time distance education student).

Full-time day student can complete this program in 8 weeks.

We are the only approved career college by Texas Workforce Commission to offer Pharmacy Technician Certificate in distance education mode in Texas.

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