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Pharmacy Technology

Pharmacy Technology

Karen Frederick, R.Ph., M.S.
Liberal Arts Building‚ Room 317
Direct: (313) 927-1322
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Certificate in Pharmacy Technology (CERT.PHT)

Jeanne Andreoli, Ph.D
Karen Frederick, R.Ph., M.S.
Joanne Slicker, M.S.

Pharmacy Technician Overview

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals. They work in retail pharmacies and hospitals. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Pharmacy Technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent from 2012- 2022. For further information, please visit: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/ pharmacy-technicians.htm.

The Pharmacy Technology program is a two-semester, cohortbased, certificate program. This program prepares students to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification (NPTC) Board’s certifying examination (http://www.ptcb.org ).

Effective in June 2015, Senate Bill 92 states that all Pharmacy Technicians be certified and licensed in the State of Michigan; they must take and pass the NPCT Board Exam in order to obtain this licensure.

Students who successfully pass the NPTC exam can apply the credit earned in the Certificate of Pharmacy Technology to the Associate of Science degrees at Marygrove College.

Program Scheduling
The Certificate in Pharmacy Technology program is primarily an evening program. Students in the cohort-based program complete the program in two academic semesters (fall, winter).

Transfer Student Information
The department accepts transfer credits according to the college guidelines. However, prior pharmacy technology coursework cannot be transferred in.

Performance Standard Only required courses with a grade of C or better can be applied to fulfill the Certificate in Pharmacy Technology.

Pharmacy Technology students complete a required externship during their second semester when they enroll in PHT 170.

Students must complete the Undergraduate Admissions Application and be accepted to the College prior to starting the Program.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in Basic Mathematics (MTH 099) through ACT scores or the College Placement test before entering the program.

Certificate in Pharmacy Technician

Academic Requirements
The requirements for a Certificate in Pharmacy Technology include completion of 25 credit hours of required coursework (with a grade of C or better) and passage of the national PTCB exam.

Required Courses
First Semester (12 credits):

PHT 101 Introduction to Pharmacy Technology
PHT 118 Medical Terminology
PHT 103 Mathematics for Health Careers
PHT 130 Pharmacy Practice I

Second Semester (13 credits):
PHT 121 Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians
PHT 123 Hospital Pharmacy
PHT 131 Pharmacy Practice II
PHT 170 Pharmacy Technology Field Practicum

Pharmacy Technician Courses

PHT 101 Introduction to Pharmacy Technology 3 hours
Prerequisites: none
This course provides an overview of the qualifications, operational guidelines, and job duties of a pharmacy technician. Topics include history and the scope of pharmacy, legal and ethical guidelines, pharmacy operations, medication control, policies and procedures, and medication safety.

PHT 103 Mathematics for Health Careers 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 099 with a grade of C or better, or math placement by exam
In this course students will apply basic mathematical skills in calculations required for dosage determinations, as well as solution preparations using weight, metric, household, and apothecary systems.

PHT 118 Medical Terminology 2 hours
Prerequisites: none
This course is designed for students with an active interest in the medical and paramedical fields. The course provides the student with the fundamental principles needed to understand medical vocabulary. The student will learn to use the techniques of word building with an emphasis on spelling, pronunciation and the meanings of medical terms as related to the systems of the human body.

PHT 121 Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians 4 hours
Prerequisites: PHT 101, PHT 103, PHT 118, PHT 130
This course provides an introduction to basic concepts of pharmacology as they relate to all of the body’s systems, and presents basic pharmacology with emphasis on drug therapy. The course content includes drug laws, terminology, therapeutic classes of drugs, indications, side effects, contraindications, and generic and trade names.

PHT 123 Hospital Pharmacy 3 hours
Prerequisites: PHT 101, PHT 103, PHT 118, PHT 130
This course explores the unique role and practice of pharmacy technician in a hospital pharmacy. Students will be introduced to the daily operations of hospital pharmacy including the process of medication distribution systems, inpatient drug delivery systems, unit dose chart files, quality assurance, drug storage, preparations of intravenous admixtures, compounding, manufacturing and repackaging, and inventory control systems.

PHT 130 Pharmacy Practice I 3 hours
Prerequisites: none
This course focuses on the skills necessary to interpret, prepare, label, and maintain records on medication orders and prescriptions. This course will train the student in the administration of supply, inventory, data entry, and third party billing. The students will learn the many dosage formulations and administration, how the body metabolizes drugs, and will have a basic understanding of how drugs are classified and what conditions or diseases each class of drug treats. Roleplaying will be used. Students will apply for PTCB exam.

PHT 131 Pharmacy Practice II 3 hours
Prerequisites: PHT 101, PHT 103, PHT 118, PHT 130
This course is an overall review process of pharmacy practice with hands-on labs to evaluate student’s abilities to perform various pharmacy computer operations related to the community pharmacy practice setting. Students will demonstrate proficiency in prescription processing, professionalism, communication skills, and pharmacy laws.

PHT 170 Pharmacy Technology Field Practicum 3 hours
Prerequisites: PHT 101, PHT 103, PHT 118, PHT 130; Fee: yes
This is an exploration of the unique role and practice of pharmacy technicians in a pharmacy with emphasis on daily pharmacy operations. Students will be assigned an experiential training site and work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist for approximately 80 hours. Emphasis is placed on assisting the pharmacist in serving patients, medication distribution, inventory control, and pharmacy operations. The last 6 weeks of the course will include an overview and review of pharmacy practice to prepare the student to take the national PTCB exam.

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