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1 Pharmacy Technician Syllabus Dianne Rider th Street Hazel, SD Instructor Home Phone (605) Cell Phone (605) Course Description Aim: Students enrolled in this class will be given the opportunity to learn the concepts necessary to become a pharmacy technician. They will discover and develop foundation skills that are essential to work in a pharmacy. This will be accomplished by student participation in a pharmacy shadowing experience and completion of Pharmacy Technician s University online training. This course will assist the student to pass the National Technician Certification examination. Topics covered: Role of the pharmacy technician Laws governing pharmacy technicians Pharmaceutical calculations Prescription processing Basic pharmacology Place within the program of study: Grade : 12 Length: Two semesters long, 50 minute periods Prerequisites recommended: Health Careers, Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology Instructional Philosophy and Instructional Delivery Plan Expectations for student performance: Students are expected to meet all of the course goals and be able to demonstrate their understanding of the underlying concepts. Students will complete all course requirements at a minimum of 68% to pass the course. How the instruction will be delivered: The class will be presented through Blackboard and Pharmacy Technician s University online training. The instruction will include guidance provided by the instructor through Blackboard to assist students with the class. Online curriculum will be delivered to the student through Pharmacy Technician s University website. October 29, 2013 Page 1

2 How students will work: Students will be assigned online activities and quizzes that will require them to work independently and with their local pharmacist. How the community will be used: A local pharmacy connection will provide an observation time for the student in a working pharmacy. How will students be evaluated: Activities and quizzes will be scored within the online curriculum platform. Shadowing time will be scored on an evaluation form completed by the pharmacist or their designee. A final written assessment will be completed. Students will learn how to: Course Goals A. Explain the role of the pharmacy technician in a pharmacy. B. Define the laws that govern a pharmacy technician s work. C. Demonstrate competency performing pharmaceutical calculations. D. Explain the steps of prescription processing. E. Describe basic pharmacology principles. F. Identify the most common medications. G. Experience work in a pharmacy through shadowing. October 29, 2013 Page 2

3 Pharmacy Technician Standards By completing this course, students will achieve the following standards: Indicator # 1: Understand pharmacologic and pertinent medical terminology, as well as various drugs, including over-the-counter medications, and their effects on the human body. Standard and Examples. PT1.1 Interpret and understand pharmacologic and medical terminology. Identify basic structure of pharmaceutical and medical words Define root words, prefixes, suffixes, abbreviations, and symbols of medical terminology Correctly use pharmaceutical and medical terminology as well as medical abbreviations PT1.2 Identify various drugs and drug sources and their effects on the human body. Differentiate between brand names, generic names, and therapeutic classification of drugs Explain the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of drugs in the human body Explain the Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, and Elimination (ADME) process of drugs Discuss factors that can alter drug response in the patient PT1.3 Understand over-the-counter (OTC) and herbal medications Describe the role of self-medication with OTC products in the health care delivery system Explain when OTC or herbal medication is appropriate, and the federal regulations involved Explain the labeling requirements for OTC and herbal products and their place in medical therapy according to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act Explain potential hazards of non-prescription products including contamination, adulteration, and interaction with prescription medications and adverse reactions October 29, 2013 Page 3

4 Indicator # 2: Understand drug dosage calculations and preparation and administration procedures. Standard and Examples. Applying PT2.1 Calculate doses, and determine dosage form and quantity dispensed in a variety of pharmacy settings. Interpret different systems of measurement and perform conversions Calculate and prepare the drug dosage for intravenous solutions, as well as reconstituted, non-injected solutions for oral and external feedings Solve basic mathematical problems involving decimals, ratios, and proportions, and explain percentage preparations (w/w, w/v, v/v) PT2.2 Understand mixture preparation, equipment, and administration procedures Describe and categorize the drugs most commonly used in an IV mixture Identify and explain the most common parenteral routes of administration Identify universal precautions to avoid IV contamination and explain the proper procedure for repacking IV drugs Accurately prepare a mixture and interpret the calibration of the appropriate equipment necessary for administration October 29, 2013 Page 4

5 Indicator # 3: Identify various laws and ethics pertinent to the pharmaceutical field, along with principles relating to medication errors. Standards and Examples. PT3.1 Identify federal, state, and local laws, as well as professional ethics, that are applicable to the pharmaceutical field. Explain the common legal terms used by state and federal agencies involved with pharmacy drug regulation, including HIPAA Explain the duties that may legally be performed by the pharmacy technician in South Dakota Identify and explain safety considerations regulated by federal law, including repackaging of medications Explain the Code of Ethics for Pharmacy Technicians Analyze and discuss other principles of professional conduct and ethics that guide the pharmacist and pharmacy technician PT3.2 Identify causes, prevention, reporting, and risk management of medication errors. Discuss how to educate patients to identify, minimize, and prevent medication errors. Explain the importance of the Food and Drug Administration MedWatch program Apply the five rights of medication administration Explain necessary procedures to utilize when handling medication errors, including the medication error reporting system October 29, 2013 Page 5

6 Indicator # 4: Understand fundamental pharmacy laboratory and management techniques. Standards and Examples. PT4.1 Summarize fundamental pharmacy techniques and skills. Identify the general safety rules and precautions in the pharmacy environment Operate the cash register for prescription sales Locate different sections of the pharmacy, including where brand and generic drugs are found Identify the five schedules of controlled substances, and the most common hospital and community drugs used PT4.2 Describe and explain the basic concepts of a pharmacy computer system Add or select third party records, utilizing information on the patient prescription card, and add or update information Operate a computer system to process prescriptions, as well as to print patient information, drug interactions and information, doctor labels, and prescription labels Describe the dispense-as-written (DAW) override code and preauthorization number used to fill or refill a prescription in the computer system Explain the process for obtaining quotes for drugs requested by a patient and match prices at other pharmacies Explain how to locate and utilize information about third party medication restrictions, exclusions, rejected claims, submitted claims, and other coverage and limitations, rebilling and reimbursement issues PT4.3 Understand principles of pharmacy management Identify pharmacy standards, and the professional bodies and associations that are responsible for establishing those standards Analyze pharmacy department for efficient management, maximum function and workflow Explain inventory management, and the medication purchasing process Describe the routine duties needed to maintain adequate pharmacy operation October 29, 2013 Page 6

7 Assessment Plan & Grading Scale Grade Scale Description of Work A % Consistently demonstrates an exceptional level of quality and effort. Having all work in on time and completed to exceed expectations. Mastery in creating, evaluating, analyzing and applying the knowledge. B 84-91% Consistently demonstrates proficient knowledge with a good effort and quality of work. All assignments are complete and on time. Demonstrates the ability to evaluate, analyze, and apply the principles. C 76-83% Demonstrates proficient knowledge and the ability to apply knowledge. Work shows average effort. A few assignments may be missed or late. D 68-75% Work shows minimal effort and some assignments are late. Demonstrates a basic understanding of understanding or remembering knowledge. F Below 68% is below basic. Work is of poor quality and does not meet standards or expectations. Articulation / Dual Credits: Articulation of credits to Southeast Technical Institute, Pharmacy Technician Program 1. Successfully complete DIAL Pharmacy Technician class with a C or better grade. 2. Enroll at STI, 2 credits articulated of the Pharmacy Principles and Practice 1. October 29, 2013 Page 7

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