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Course Descriptions

PHM101 Introduction 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, SP
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, SU
3 Credits

PHM115 Pharmacy Operations and 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, SP
3 Credits

PHM120 Pharmacy Operations and 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, SP
3 Credits

PHM130 Pharmacy Information: Law and 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. F, Sp
3 Credits

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

PHM151 Pharmacy Tech Seminar 1
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. F, Sp
1 Credits

PHM160 Hospital/Ambulatory Pharmacy Practicum
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 Over-the-Counter (OTC) Product
Covers medications, both prescription (legend) and non-prescriptionOTC drugs available to pharmacy customers. W, SU
2 Credits

PHM215 Sterile Compound and Cytotoxic Medications
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, Su
3 Credits

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

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

PHM231 Pharmaceutical Drug Classifications
Provides a basic understanding of structure and function of certain biological systems within the human body, including the endocrine, nervous, gastrointestinal, 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. Prerequisite/Corequisite: PHM230 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, Sp
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, renal, integumentary, 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, Su
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

PHM243 Pharmacology 1 for the Anesthesia Technologist
Provides a basic understanding and principles of pharmacology and medical terminology in anesthesiology. Examines pharmaceutical terms such as pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenetics/pharmacogenomics; a brief introduction of types of anesthesiology medications: more in depth study of the cardiovascular system medications; discussion of medication use, labeling, handling and storage; route of administrations, variables that affect drug actions including drug contraindications and drug interactions; efficacy and toxicity of xenobiotics as well as pathophysiology of various body systems; acid-base understanding; and introduction to pharmacology mathematics. Prerequisite/Corequisite: MTH095 with a grade of C or better; concurrent enrollment in ANES101, ANES112 and ANES103; or consent of instructor. F
3 Credits

PHM244 Pharmacology 2 for the Anesthesia Technician
Second term of pharmacology for anesthesia technicians. Continues introduction of families and classifications of medications including nervous system, respiratory system, endocrine system, ophthalmic system, gastrointestinal system, immune system and neuromuscular system, and further discussion of aseptic including infectious diseases and antibiotics; also overview of general anesthetic which includes IV fluid physiology, emergency medications, sedation, laboratory tests and values, anaphylaxis, malignant hyperthermia, transfusions; pediatric anesthesiology, obstetric anesthesia. Prerequisite/Corequisite: MTH095 or higher and PHM243 with a grade of C or better; concurrent enrollment in ANES104 and BI234; or consent of instructor. W
4 Credits