Pharmacy Technician/Pharmacology Course Descriptions

PHM101 Intro to Pharmacy Technology
Introduces the job responsibilities and knowledge and skills required of a pharmacy technician. Overviews assisting the pharmacist in collecting, organizing, and evaluating information for direct patient care. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Pharmacy Technician program. F
1 Credits

PHM110 Pharmacy Calculations
Presents the essential mathematics concepts and skills used by a pharmacy technician to calculate medication dosages using the formula, ratio, and dimensional analysis methods. Includes medication, drug calculations, and administration; measurement of doses; drug orders; conversions; and reconstitution. Stresses the prevention of medication errors and details the implications of any error. Prerequisite: Second-term standing in the Pharmacy Technician program. W
3 Credits

PHM115 Pharmacy Operations/Management
Introduces pharmacy operations as they relate to management. Includes pharmacy record maintenance, communication and customer service, inventory systems, insurance procedures, and accounts receivable methods. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Pharmacy Technician program. F
3 Credits

PHM120 Pharmacy Operations/Laboratory
Covers the various controls of pharmaceutical inventory, accessing of non-compounded products, and compounding preparation of pharmaceuticals for distribution. Prerequisite: First-term standing in the Pharmacy Technician program. F
3 Credits

PHM130 Pharmacy Info/Law & Ethics
Focuses on collecting, organizing, screening, and evaluating information/payment and prescription documentation pertaining to the patient. Covers customer health records as well as determining counseling requirements in accordance with the laws and ethics that apply to pharmacy operations. Also stresses the management of inventory within the pharmacy. Prerequisite: Third-term standing in the Pharmacy Technician program. Sp
3 Credits

PHM150 Pharmacy Technician Practicum
Provides pharmaceutical workplace experience in a healthcare or related setting. Prerequisite: Third-term standing in the Pharmacy Technician program. Sp
4 Credits

PHM151 Pharmacy Technician Seminar
Prepares students for the required national pharmacy certification examination taken upon completion of the Pharmacy Technician program. Also covers identification of potential career opportunities and job search preparation. Prerequisite: Third-term standing in the Pharmacy Technician program with a grade of C or better in all courses. Sp
1 Credits

PHM160 Hosp/Ambulatory Pharm Prctcm
Provides workplace experience in an ambulatory or hospital setting. Focuses on compliance with the institutions policies and procedures, use of drug dispensing systems, compounding, package and labeling of medications, processing data on electronic systems, preparing sterile products, use of proper procedures in working with controlled substances, inventory maintenance, use of technology including automated dispensing machines and recordkeeping. Prerequisite: Third-term standing in the Pharmacy Technician program. Sp
2 Credits

PHM205 Pharmacy Specialized Care
Introduces specialty pharmacies. Covers acute care (long-term care), home-care practice, ambulatory, community or outpatient pharmacy practice, pediatrics, elderly, oncology, and nuclear medicine. Prerequisite: Second-term standing in the Pharmacy Technician program. W
3 Credits

PHM210 OTC Products
Covers medications, both prescription (legend) and non-prescription over-the-counter (OTC) drugs available to pharmacy customers. W
2 Credits

PHM215 Sterile Compound/Cytotoxic Med
Provides in-depth concepts of the sterility and quality assurance processes involving cytotoxic/hazardous medication products. Includes performance in accordance with the laws, regulations, and standards which govern. Prerequisite: Second-term standing in the Pharmacy Technician program. W
3 Credits

PHM220 Multicultural Patient Hlthcare
Introduces approaches to healthcare for multicultural patients. Covers aspects of western medicine as practiced in the United States. W
2 Credits

PHM230 Pharm Drug Classifications
Covers the sources and classifications/prototypes of drugs. Examines pharmaceutical names; routes of administration; pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of xenobiotics; variables that affect drug actions including contraindications and drug interactions; prescription abbreviations and interpretations; drug marketing; and drug approval processes. F. Sp
3 Credits

PHM231 Pharmacology 1
Provides a basic understanding of structure and function of certain biological systems within the human body, including the endocrine, nervous, and respiratory systems, as well as oncology principles.. Presents general concepts of medication therapeutics, and the pathophysiology regarding diseases being treated in said body systems as well as involving cellular physiology and drug transport through the cell membranes. Provides an overview of chemical concepts utilized in pharmacy. Prerequisite/Corequisite: PHM230 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F
5 Credits

PHM232 Pharmacology 2
Provides a basic understanding of structure and function of certain biological systems within the human body, including the skeletal-muscle, circulatory/hematology, cardiovascular, and lymphatic/immune systems. Continues pharmacological principles which involve therapeutic medications and diseases/pathophysiology within said body systems. Prerequisite: PHM231 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
5 Credits

PHM233 Pharmacology 3
Provides a basic understanding of structure and function of certain biological systems within the human body, including gastrointestinal, integumentary, renal, reproductive systems, and special senses. Continues pharmacological principles involving therapeutic medications and diseases/ pathophysiology affecting said body systems. Prerequisite: PHM232 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp
3 Credits

PHM240 Advanced Pharmacy Mgt 1
Introduces the management functions, concepts, and principles as well as managerial roles in the context of the health services organization and the health services delivery system. Prerequisite: Second-year standing in Pharmacy Management program; or consent of instructor. F
3 Credits

PHM241 Advanced Pharmacy Mgt 2
Emphasizes the area of human resource management in health services organizations. Explores the concepts of motivation, leadership, communication, dynamics of change, personnel administration, labor relations, and new trends within the context of the health service organization and delivery system in the United States. Prerequisite: PHM240 with a grade of C or better; and second year standing in Pharmacy Management program; or consent of instructor. W
3 Credits

PHM242 Advanced Pharmacy Mgt 3
Provides a working knowledge of basic statistical techniques and their application to various health care literature and clinical environments. Uses the concepts of experiential and case-based learning to facilitate the learning process. Prerequisite: PHM241 with a grade of C or better; and second year standing in Pharmacy Management program; or consent of instructor. Sp
3 Credits

PHM280A Cooperative Work Experience
Pharmacy Tech/Pharmacology
1 Credits

PHM280B Cooperative Work Experience
Pharmacy Tech/Pharmacology
2 Credits

PHM280C Cooperative Work Experience
Pharmacy Tech/Pharmacology
3 Credits

PHM280D Cooperative Work Experience
Pharmacy Tech/Pharmacology
4 Credits

PHM280E Cooperative Work Experience
Pharmacy Tech/Pharmacology
5 Credits

PHM280F Cooperative Work Experience
Pharmacy Tech/Pharmacology
6 Credits

PHM280G Cooperative Work Experience
Pharmacy Tech/Pharmacology
7 Credits

PHM280H Cooperative Work Experience
Pharmacy Tech/Pharmacology
8 Credits

PHM280I Cooperative Work Experience
Pharmacy Tech/Pharmacology
9 Credits

PHM280J Cooperative Work Experience
Pharmacy Tech/Pharmacology
10 Credits

PHM280L Cooperative Work Experience
Pharmacy Tech/Pharmacology
12 Credits