Academic Catalog

Pharmacy Technician Classes

Introduction to Pharmacy & Pharmacy Law

Item Number
PT 121
Credits
5

Orients students to the work of pharmacy technicians and the context in which technicians’ work is performed. Covers the study of pharmacy law, as it pertains to the practice of pharmacy in the state of Washington compared to the United States as a whole. 

Prerequisites

High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. Ability to speak, read, and write the English language. Successful completion of a college-level math course within the last 5 years (unless they hold a bachelor’s degree, then the 5 year rule does not apply), CAH 105 Computer Applications or equivalent, and a 5 credit Medical Terminology course. All courses required for certificate or degree must be completed with a grade of B or better.

Pharmacology with Drug Names, Part I

Item Number
PT 123
Credits
6

This course will begin the introduction of the top 200 commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. The drug action mechanisms, route of administration, and the effects on the body systems will be explored. Emphasis is placed on the uses, effects, and side effects of the major drug classes.

Prerequisites

High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. Ability to speak, read, and write the English language. Successful completion of a college-level math course within the last 5 years (unless they hold a bachelor’s degree, then the 5-year rule does not apply), CAH 105 Computer Applications or equivalent, and a 5-credit Medical Terminology course. All courses required for certificate or degree must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.

Community Pharmacy with Dosage Calculations

Item Number
PT 125
Credits
6

Introduces the community pharmacy experience. Customer service, keyboarding, prescription filling and compounding will be explored. Math specific to the practice of pharmacy will be emphasized.

Prerequisites

High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. Ability to speak, read, and write the English language. Successful completion of a college-level math course within the last 5 years (unless they hold a bachelor’s degree, then the 5-year rule does not apply), CAH 105 Computer Applications or equivalent, and a 5-credit Medical Terminology course. All courses required for certificate or degree must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.

Pharmacy Lab #1

Item Number
PT 127
Credits
2

Prescription filling with counting, keyboarding, packaging, stocking, and labeling will be covered. Emphasis will be on nonsterile compounding following USP 795 guidelines.

Prerequisites

High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. Ability to speak, read, and write the English language. Successful completion of a college-level math course within the last 5 years (unless they hold a bachelor’s degree, then the 5-year rule does not apply), CAH 105 Computer Applications or equivalent, and a 5-credit Medical Terminology course. All courses required for certificate or degree must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.

Pharmacology with Drug Names, Part II

Item Number
PT 132
Credits
6

This course will continue the exploration of the top 200 commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. The drug action mechanisms, route of administration, and the effects on the body systems will be explored. Emphasis is placed on the uses, effects, and side effects of the major drug classes.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of PT 121, PT 123, PT 125, and PT 127, with grades of “B” or above in all courses.

Hospital Practice with Sterile Processing

Item Number
PT 135
Credits
6

This course will introduce the differences between hospital practice and community pharmacy practice. Students will learn of inpatient drug distribution systems, unit dose systems, formularies, and specialized services including sterile compounding. This course also includes infection control, inventory management, and medication orders.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of PT 121, PT 123, PT 125, and PT 127, with grades of “B” or above in all courses.

Clinical Capstone Research

Item Number
PT 148
Credits
4

This course explores professionalism, clinical readiness and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of PT 121, PT 123, PT 125, and PT 127, with grades of “B” or above in all courses.

Pharmacy Lab #2

Item Number
PT 154
Credits
2

Students will apply techniques learned to prepare sterile compounding products. Emphasis will be on aseptic technique and USP 797 and USP 300 guidelines. Students will learn how to use inpatient drug distribution systems, unit dose systems, and bubble packing.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of PT 121, PT 123, PT 125, and PT 127, with grades of “B” or above in all courses.

Community Pharmacy Clinical Capstone

Item Number
PT 163CAP
Credits
7

Provides clinical training in a community pharmacy. Students will put into practice skills learned in the classroom by arranging an internship with a community pharmacy. Students and faculty collaborate in arranging community practice sites. Students are directly supervised by a pharmacist preceptor and their staff, with ongoing contact with the instructor in the form of site visits and seminars.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of all in-class pharmacy technician courses (PT 121, PT 123, PT 125, PT 127, PT 132, PT 135, PT 148, and PT 154), with grades of “B” or above in all courses.

Institutional Clinical Capstone

Item Number
PT 165CAP
Credits
7

Students will spend five-and-a-half weeks in an institutional pharmacy setting. While in this capstone experience, students will perform the duties of an institutional pharmacy technician under the direct supervision of a pharmacist preceptor. There will be ongoing contact with the instructor in the form of site visits and seminars. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of all in-class pharmacy technician courses (PT 121, PT 123, PT 125, PT 127, PT 132, PT 135, PT 148, and PT 154), with grades of “B” or above in all courses.

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