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PHAR-110

Pharmacy Law and Ethics

Credit(s): 2

This course provides the student with an introduction to federal and state laws regulating the practice of pharmacy. Special emphasis is given to the areas of state law for Idaho and Washington regulating the activities of the technician. This course includes a focus on recordkeeping and medical ethics to better fulfill the technical needs of the students and bring the program in line with national standards. Lecture: 4 hours per week

PHAR-150

Introduction to Pharmacology

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to provide an overview of pharmacologic principles with an emphasis on therapeutic drug classification. For each therapeutic drug classification, basic mechanism of drug actions, side effects, routes of administration, and common indications will be reviewed. Students will become familiar with common abbreviations and vocabulary terms related to drug therapy. Additionally, the course will prepare students to recognize the top 200 drugs (generic and brand name). Lecture: 3 hours per week

PHAR-152

Advanced Pharmacology

Credit(s): 3

PHAR 152 is designed to teach students how to categorize commonly prescribed/dispensed oral and injectable drugs into their therapeutic drug classifications. Emphasis will be on the top 200 prescription drugs prescribed in the U.S. For each top 200 drug, the student will distinguish between generic and brand name, recognize common indications and identify available dosage forms, strengths, routes of administration, common dosing regimens, contraindications, side effect profiles, and significant drug interactions. As the therapeutic drug classifications are studied, human medical conditions (as related to anatomy and physiology) will be reviewed. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete PHAR-151 with a minimum grade of C-.

PHAR-161

Extemporaneous Compounding and IV Certification

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to train pharmacy technicians in the latest practices and equipment used in extemporaneous compounding, sterile product preparation and aseptic technique. Upon successful completion of the course the pharmacy technician will be eligible for Nation Certification through NPTA in IV/Sterile Products and Compounding. Lecture: 1.5 hours per week Lab: 3 hours per week
Corequisites: PHAR-161L

PHAR-171

Applied Pharmacy Technology I

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to provide students with background information and knowledge about pharmacy practice in a variety of settings including ambulatory, home care and institutional pharmacy. Overviews of prescription processing and filling in both ambulatory and institutional settings will be covered. Students will develop entry level skills for prescription interpretation and processing by completing both paper and electronic assignments. In addition to prescription processing other topics that will be covered include the following: role of the pharmacist versus the technician, dosage forms, routes of administration, drug/medical abbreviations, insurance billing, drug information, medication errors, purchasing and inventory control, computer technology, professionalism, and customer service. The knowledge base and skills developed in this course will focus toward preparing students for their practicum experience during Spring Semester. Lecture: 2 hours per week Lab: 2 hours per week
Corequisites: PHAR-171L

PHAR-172

Applied Pharmacy Tech II

Credit(s): 2

PHAR 172 continues to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for competent performance of technical pharmacy tasks in institutional and ambulatory settings. Institutional pharmacy will be emphasized, especially sterile products preparation, pharmacy calculations, and unit dose drug distribution systems. Emphasis will also be on gaining competency (speed and accuracy) in filling ambulatory prescriptions. Extemporaneous compounding will be introduced with students completing basic compounding recipes. Students will develop skills by completing laboratory exercises. Lecture: 1 hour per week Lab: 2 hours per week
Corequisites: PHAR-172L

PHAR-175

Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Prep

Credit(s): 1

This course is designed to prepare students for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. The course covers the major areas of focus for the national exam: assisting the pharmacist in serving patients, maintaining medication and inventory control systems, and participating in the administration and management of pharmacy practice. The course will also cover test taking techniques and strategies for success on the national exam. Lecture: 1 hour per week

PHAR-182

Pharmacy Technology Practicum and Seminar I

Credit(s): 5

This is a supervised pharmacy technician practice in a retail or institutional setting. Instruction and guidance are provided by the staff of participating pharmacies. Emphasis is on application of classroom content in the pharmacy setting. Lecture: 1 hour per week Onsite: 190 hours
Prerequisites: Complete PHAR-150 and PHAR-171 with a minimum grade of C-.

PHAR-185

Pharmacy Technology Practicum and Seminar II

Credit(s): 4

This is a supervised pharmacy technician practice in a retail or institutional setting. Instruction and guidance are provided by the staff of participating pharmacies. Emphasis is on application of classroom content in the pharmacy setting. Lecture: Varies On-Site Work: Varies
Prerequisites: Complete PHAR-152, PHAR-172, and PHAR-180 with a minimum grade of C-.

PHAR-187

Pharmacy Technology Practicum and Seminar II

Credit(s): 5

This is a supervised pharmacy technician practice in a retail or institutional setting. Instruction and guidance are provided by the staff of participating pharmacies. Emphasis is on application of classroom content in the pharmacy setting. Lecture: 1 hour per week Onsite: 190 hours
Prerequisites: Complete PHAR-152, PHAR-172 and PHAR-182 with a minimum grade of C-.