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Pharmacy Technician (PHM)
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Program Overview:
Pharmacy Technicians assist and support licensed Pharmacists in providing health care products and medication to patients. Pharmacy Technicians often perform a central role in the preparation and delivery of drug products and act as a liaison for the pharmacist, doctor, and the patient. Technicians receive prescription and refill requests from patients and must verify authenticity and accuracy. Pharmacy Technicians prepare the actual prescriptions, sometimes including the actual compounding of medication. Additionally, they prepare medication containers and label these. All pharmacy technicians must be registered by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. This certificate program will prepare students with the training, education, and skills necessary to pass the licensing exam available from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and begin an entry level job in the pharmacy technician profession.

Program and/or Course Requirements:
Pharmacy Technician students must pass all courses in the program curriculum with at least a C and maintain a minimum term GPA of 2.0 to proceed through the program. Students must place into Beginning Algebra on a placement test or remediate to that level.

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Fall Semester
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SU2017
FA2017
HEA 1225
Introduction to Medical Terminology
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This course introduces common root words, prefixes, and suffixes used in medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on comprehension, spelling, pronunciation, ability to use a medical dictionary, vocabulary building, and common abbreviations.

PHM 1201
Orientation to Pharmacy Tech
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This course highlights the practice and role delineation of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Also included are educational requirements, HIPAA regulations, issues related to credentialing, and an overview of pharmacy law, pharmacy ethics, pharmacy math, pharmaceutical operations and pharmacology.

PHM 1203
Pharmacy Calculations
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This course teaches students the basic terminology, abbreviations, and units needed to perform pharmaceutical calculations. Apothecary, avoirdupois, and metric systems are an essential component of this course. Review of calculations dealing with ratio and proportion, percentages, ratio strength, reducing and enlarging formulas and dilution and concentration problems are presented.

Term Total
8
Spring Semester
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FA2017
PHM 1202
Pharmacology
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This course provides practical knowledge of pharmacology including pharmaceutical nomenclature and classification, mechanisms of drug actions, interactions, indications and contraindications, side effects, and methods of administering therapeutic agents primarily in the nervous, endocrine, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems. Also includes methods of administration of therapeutic agents with an emphasis on the renal, reproductive, vascular, sensory, dermatology, immunology and hematology systems. Benefits and disadvantages of over-the-counter or nonprescription medication will also be addressed.

PHM 1204
Pharmacy Operations
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This course simulates daily activities in the pharmaceutical practice settings. Topics include:order entry processes, medication distribution systems, inventory, prescription processing, billing, repackaging, floor stock and controlled substance distribution, pharmaceutical computer systems, utilization of drug information resources, and proper communication techniques.

SPE 1111
Interpersonal Communications
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An introduction to the basic theories and concepts relevant to face-to-face interaction. Emphasis is placed on the role of communication in the creation, maintenance, and termination of social, romantic, familial, and professional relationships.

Term Total
9
Summer Semester
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PHM 2201
Pharmacy Technician Internship
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This internship is the application of the basic pharmacy technician concepts in a community pharmacy setting with rotation options in a pharmacy setting such as community hospital or medical center, intravenous home health care facility, and drug information center where the student works under the supervision of an R.Ph.

PHM 2202
Certification Review
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This course covers standardized test-taking tips, PTCB Certification FAQ's, and provides an overall exam focus.

Term Total
4
Program Total
21


We recommend that you contact an advisor before enrolling in any degree, certificate, or transfer program to ensure all requirements are met including total hours associated with transfer courses.

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