Pharmacy (PHM)

PHM 110     Introduction to Pharmacy3/3

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.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: Take PHM 111 PHM 115 ACA 111;

PHM 111     Pharmacy Practice I6/4

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.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: Take PHM 110 PHM 115;

PHM 115     Pharmacy Calculations3/3

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 correctly perform calculations required to properly prepare a medication order.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: Take PHM 110 PHM 111;

PHM 118     Sterile Products6/4

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 preparation of intermittent and continuous infusions, total parenteral nutrition, and chemotherapy.

Prerequisite: Take PHM 110 PHM 111; Take PHM 115 PHM 140;

Corequisite: None

PHM 120     Pharmacology I3/3

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.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: Take PHM 110 PHM 111 PHM 115;

PHM 125     Pharmacology II3/3

This course provides a continuation of the study of the 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.

Prerequisite: Take PHM 120;

Corequisite: None

PHM 132     Pharmacy Clinical6/2

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.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: Take PHM 110 PHM 111 PHM 115;

PHM 134     Pharmacy Clinical12/4

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.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

PHM 138     Pharmacy Clinical24/8

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.

Prerequisite: Take PHM 155 PHM 150 PHM 132 PHM 134 PHM 125 PHM 118 PHM 140 PHM 165 PHM 120 PHM 115 PHM 111 PHM 110;

Corequisite: Take PHM 265;

PHM 140     Trends in Pharmacy2/2

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.

Prerequisite: Take PHM 110 PHM 111 PHM 115;

Corequisite: None

PHM 150     Hospital Pharmacy6/4

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.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: Take PHM 118;

PHM 155     Community Pharmacy4/3

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.

Prerequisite: Take PHM 110 PHM 111 PHM 115 PHM 140 PHM 160;

Corequisite: None

PHM 160     Pharm Dosage Forms3/3

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.

Prerequisite: Take PHM 110 PHM 111 PHM 115;

Corequisite: Take PHM 140;

PHM 165     Pharmacy Prof Practice2/2

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.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

PHM 265     Professional Issues3/3

This course provides a comprehensive discussion of topics common to the practice of the pharmacy technician. Emphasis is placed on application of professional competencies including legal/ethical issues, leadership/management concepts and employability skills. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in pharmacy workplace skills and leadership/management roles.

Prerequisite: Take PHM 165; Take PHM 110 PHM 111 PHM 115;

Corequisite: None