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Pharmacy Course Descriptions

PHM 110 Introduction to Pharmacy

This course introduces pharmacy practice and the technician’s role in a variety of pharmacy settings. Topics include medical terminology and abbreviations, drug delivery systems, law and ethics, prescription and medication orders, and the health care system. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the role of pharmacy technicians, read and interpret drug orders, describe quality assurance, and utilize pharmacy references.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
| Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Pharmacy Technology program or permission of the program director
Corequisites: PHM 111 and PHM 115
PHM 110 Course Outline

PHM 111 Pharmacy Practice I

This course provides instruction in the technical procedures for preparing and dispensing drugs in the hospital and retail settings under supervision of a registered pharmacist. Topics include drug packaging and labeling, out-patient dispensing, hospital dispensing procedures, controlled substance procedures, inventory control, and non-sterile compounding. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic supervised dispensing techniques in a variety of pharmacy settings.

Pharmacy Lab

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Pharmacy Technology program
Corequisites: PHM 110 and PHM 115
PHM 111 Course Outline

PHM 115 Pharmacy Calculations

This course provides an introduction to the metric, avoirdupois, and apothecary systems of measurement and the calculations used in pharmacy practice. Topics include ratio and proportion, dosage determinations, percentage preparations, reducing and enlarging formulas, dilution and concentration, aliquots, specific gravity and density, and flow rates. Upon completion, students should be able to perform correctly the calculations required to prepare a medication order properly.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Pharmacy Technology program
Corequisites: None
PHM 115 Course Outline

PHM 118 Sterile Products

This course provides an introduction to intravenous admixture preparation and other sterile products, including total parenteral nutrition and chemotherapy. Topics include aseptic techniques; facilities, equipment, and supplies utilized in admixture preparation; incompatibility and stability; laminar flow hoods; immunizations and irrigation solutions; and quality assurance. Upon completion, students should be able to describe and demonstrate the steps involved in preparing intermittent and continuous infusions, total parenteral nutrition, and chemotherapy.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisites: PHM 110, PHM 111, and PHM 115
Corequisite: PHM 120 and PHM 165
PHM 118 Course Outline

PHM 120 Pharmacology I

This course introduces the study of the properties, effects, and therapeutic value of the primary agents in the major drug categories. Topics include nutritional products, blood modifiers, hormones, diuretics, cardiovascular agents, respiratory drugs, and gastrointestinal agents. Upon completion, students should be able to place major drugs into correct therapeutic categories and identify indications, side effects, and trade and generic names.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Pharmacy Technology program or permission of the program director and BIO 163 or BIO 168 and BIO 169
Corequisite: None
PHM 120 Course Outline

PHM 125 Pharmacology II

This course provides a continuation of the study of properties, effects, and therapeutic value of the primary agents in the major drug categories. Topics include autonomic and central nervous system agents, anti-inflammatory agents, and anti-infective drugs. Upon completion, students should be able to place major drugs into correct therapeutic categories and identify indications, side effects, and trade and generic names.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: PHM 120
Corequisite: None
PHM 125 Course Outline

PHM 132 Pharmacy Clinical

This course provides an opportunity to work in pharmacy settings under a pharmacist’s supervision.  Emphasis is placed on effective communication with personnel, developing proper employee attitude, and dispensing of medications.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of pharmacy operations, utilize references, dispense medications, prepare patient charges, and efficiently operate computers.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 6
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisites: in the Pharmacy Technology program, PHM 110, PHM 111, PHM 115, and PHM 120
Corequisite: PHM 125
PHM 132 Course Outline: Not Available

PHM 134 Pharmacy Clinical

This course provides an opportunity to work in pharmacy settings under a pharmacist’s supervision.  Emphasis is placed on effective communication with personnel, developing proper employee attitude, and dispensing of medications.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of pharmacy operations, utilize references, dispense medications, prepare patient charges, and efficiently operate computers.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 12
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisites: Enrollment in Pharmacy Technology program, PHM 125, PHM 138, PHM 140 and COM 120
Corequisite: PHM 132
PHM 134 Course Outline: Not Available

PHM 138 Pharmacy Clinical

This course provides an opportunity to work in pharmacy settings under a pharmacist’s supervision. Emphasis is on communicating effectively with personnel, developing proper employee attitude, and dispensing medications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of pharmacy operations, utilize references, dispense medications, prepare patient charges, and operate computers efficiently.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 24
Semester Hours Credit: 8
Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Pharmacy Technology program, PHM 111, PHM 118, PHM 120, and PHM 165
Corequisite: PHM 125, PHM 140, and COM 120
PHM 138 Course Outline

PHM 140 Trends in Pharmacy

This course covers the major issues, trends, and concepts in contemporary pharmacy practice. Topics include professional ethics, continuing education, job placement, and the latest developments in pharmacy technician practice. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the topics discussed.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisites:PHM 118, PHM 120, and PHM 165
Corequisite: Pharmacy Clinical as per program plan of study, PHM 138, PHM 125, and COM 120
PHM 140 Course Outline

PHM 150 Hospital Pharmacy

This course provides an in-depth study of hospital pharmacy practice.  Topics include hospital organizational structure, committee functions, utilization of reference works, purchasing and inventory control, drug delivery systems, and intravenous admixture preparation.  Upon completion, students should be able to explain hospital organization/committee functions, interpret and enter patient orders, fill unit-dose cassettes, and prepare intravenous admixtures.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisites: Enrollment in program, PHM 125, PHM 138, PHM 140, and COM 120, or permission of program director
Corequisite: None
PHM 150 Course Outline: Not Available

PHM 155 Community Pharmacy

This course covers the operational procedures relating to retail pharmacy.  Emphasis is placed on a general knowledge of over-the-counter products, prescription processing, business/inventory management, and specialty patient services.  Upon completion, students should be able to provide technical assistance and support to the retail pharmacist.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisites: Enrollment in program, PHM 125, PHM 138, PHM 140, and COM 120, or permission of program director
Corequisite: None
PHM 155 Course Outline: Not Available

PHM 160 Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms

This course is a study of pharmaceutical dosage forms and considerations in their manufacture.  Topics include bioavailability, routes of administration, tablets, capsules, solutions, syrups, suspensions, elixirs, aerosols, transdermals, topicals, ophthalmics, otics, and other dosage forms.  Upon completion, students should be able to describe the characteristics of the major dosage forms and explain how these characteristics affect the action of the drug. Course Hours Per Week:

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisites: Enrollment in program, PHM 125, PHM 138, PHM 140, and COM 120, or permission of program director
Corequisite: None
PHM 160 Course Outline: Not Available

PHM 165 Pharmacy Prof Practice

This course provides a general overview of all aspects of pharmacy technician practice.  Emphasis is placed on pharmacy law, calculations, compounding, pharmacology, and pharmacy operations.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the areas required for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisites: Enrollment in program and PHM 110, PHM 111, PHM 115
Corequisite: PHM 118 and PHM 120
PHM 165 Course Outline: Not Available

 

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