Simi Institute for Careers & Education | Evaluated Learning Experience
Pharmacy Technician AH 208
260 hours (20 weeks).
October 1983 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in areas of science relevant to the pharmacy technician’s role, including anatomy/physiology and pharmacology; compare and contrast the roles of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in ensuring pharmacy department compliance with professional standards and relevant legal, regulatory, formulary, contractual, and safety requirements; describe the steps, skills, and knowledge needed to prepare medications requiring compounding of sterile products, chemotherapy/ hazardous products, and nonsterile products; explain patient and medication-safety practices in all aspects of the pharmacy technician’s roles; demonstrate knowledge of quality assurance practices for pharmaceuticals, durable and nondurable medical equipment, devices, and supplies; define medication dosage forms, routes of administration and drug delivery systems; explain the meaning of terminology and abbreviations in prescription and medication orders; apply the steps in the medication order entry and fill process; process and interpret prescription and medication orders; demonstrate knowledge of accepted procedures in purchasing pharmaceuticals, devices, and supplies; describe the steps needed to initiate, verify, and assist in the adjudication of billing for pharmacy services and goods, and collecting payment for these services; describe the use of current technology in the healthcare environment to ensure the safety and accuracy of medication dispensing; explain the skills and strategies needed for professional and appropriate personal behavior and interpersonal communication; demonstrate familiarity and knowledge of brand versus generic names of common drugs; and explain all major classifications of drugs, their therapeutic side effects, dose recommendations, administration routes and mechanism of actions.
This course covers history, terminology, laws, and standards of the pharmaceutical profession including, but not limited to, effective communication, safety, patient advocacy, classification of drugs, mathematical calculations and conversations, and the ability to differentiate between types of medications and their purposes. Prerequisite: High school diploma or equivalent recommended.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, up to 15 semester hours in Allied Health (4/22).