An Advanced Technical Certificate is available.
The Pharmacy Technology program prepares graduates for positions working under the supervision of a licensed and registered pharmacist in retail and institutional settings. Students completing the program will have a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pharmacy law and ethics, and the therapeutic classification and use of the top 200 prescription drugs. They will also become conversant with such activities as: the interpretation of prescriptions, ordering product preparation, stocking, inventory control, billing, and customer relations. The program provides both classroom and online instruction, laboratory demonstrations and skills practice, and two practicum placements in the community.
The Pharmacy Technology program accepts 12 to 15 students each fall semester. Students joining that cohort must hold a high school diploma or GED, and have already completed prerequisite coursework in the following areas: an overview of working in Health Care; keyboarding and basic computer skills; human anatomy and physiology, and math computations in allied health fields. A criminal background check and drug screening are also required.
Accepts students in August
Requires 1 year to complete (Fall semester, Spring semester, and Summer term)
Divided into three components: seated and online instruction, laboratory demonstrations and practice, and practicum/ externship placements
Practicum/ externship placements may require working evening or weekend hours
Upon successful completion of the program, the student is prepared to sit for the Pharmacy Technician National Certification Exam
Program requires the successful completion of a minimum of credit hours including prerequisites
Advanced Technical Certificate
Retail or other ambulatory settings
Hospital or other institutional settings
Advanced Technical Certificate: Pharmacy Technology
|1. High School Diploma or GED;|
|2. Students must be qualified for college-level coursework in English and Math (See an advisor for details.);|
|3. Completion of a criminal background check and drug screening; and|
|4. Completion of the following courses with a grade of C or better:|
|BT 0170||Introduction to Computers||3|
|HO 0105||Introduction to Allied Health Careers||2|
|HO 0111||Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology||4|
|Any Objective 3 course||3-4|
|COMM 1101||Principles of Speech 1||3|
|ENGL 1101||English Composition 1||3-4|
|English Composition Plus 1|
|Critical Reading and Writing 1|
|HO 0106||Medical Terminology||2|
|HO 0110||Over the Counter and Herbal Medications||2|
|HO 0208||Introduction to Pathology||3|
|PHTC 0110||Pharmacy Law and Ethics||2|
|PHTC 0150||Introduction to Pharmacology||3|
|PHTC 0152||Advanced Pharmacology||3|
|Extemporaneous Compounding and IV Certification|
and Extemporaneous Compounding and IV Certification Lab
|Applied Pharmacy Technology I|
and Applied Pharmacy Technology Lab I
|Applied Pharmacy Technology II|
and Applied Pharmacy Technology II Lab
|PHTC 0175||Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Preparation||1|
|PHTC 0182||Pharmacy Technician Practicum and Seminar I||5|
|PHTC 0187||Pharmacy Technician Practicum and Seminar II||5|
|TGE 0158||Employment Strategies||2|
Contributes to a General Education requirement.
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S = Spring Semester, every year
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R1 = Course is rotated every year, either Fall or Spring
R2 = Course is rotated every two years, either Fall or Spring
R3 = Course is rotated every three years, either Fall or Spring
PHTC 0110 Pharmacy Law and Ethics: 2 semester hours.
An introduction to federal and state laws regulating the practice of pharmacy. Special emphasis is given to areas of state law in Idaho regulating the activities of pharmacy technicians. Course also includes a focus on the ethics that govern the specialty of pharmacy and the importance of record keeping. F
PHTC 0150 Introduction to Pharmacology: 3 semester hours.
Provides an overview of pharmacologic principles with an emphasis on therapeutic classification. For each drug classification, basic mechanism of drug actions, side effects, routes, administration, and common indications will be reviewed. Students will become familiar with generic and brand names, common abbreviations, and vocabulary terms related to drug therapy. F
PHTC 0152 Advanced Pharmacology: 3 semester hours.
Designed to teach students how to categorize the top 200 oral and injectable prescribed drugs into therapeutic classifications; be able to distinguish between generic and brand names; recognize indications, contraindications, and side effects; and significant drug interactions; time also spent correlating specific drug treatments to human medical conditions as related to anatomy and physiology. PRE-or-COREQ: PHTC 0150, PHTC 0171, PHTC 0171L. S
PHTC 0161 Extemporaneous Compounding and IV Certification: 3 semester hours.
Designed to train pharmacy technicians in the practices and equipment used in extemporaneous compounding, sterile product preparation, and aseptic technique. Prepares students to take the national certification exam through the NPTA. PRE-or-COREQ: PHTC 0150, PHTC 0152, PHTC 0171, PHTC 0171L. COREQ: PHTC 0161L. S
PHTC 0161L Extemporaneous Compounding and IV Certification Lab: 0 semester hours.
Designed to provide pharmacy technician students with an opportunity to practice with equipment used in extemporaneous compounding, sterile product preparation, and aseptic technique. PRE-or-COREQ: PHTC 0150, PHTC 0152, PHTC 0171, PHTC 0171L. COREQ: PHTC 0161. S
PHTC 0171 Applied Pharmacy Technology I: 3 semester hours.
Provides students with background knowledge about pharmacy practice in a variety of settings; overview of the role of the pharmacist and technician, prescription processing and filling; students will develop prescription interpretation skills. PRE-or-COREQ: PHTC 0150. COREQ: PHTC 0171L. F
PHTC 0171L Applied Pharmacy Technology Lab I: 0 semester hours.
Practice of prescription interpretation, processing, and filling in both ambulatory and hospital settings utilizing both paper and electronic assignments. Includes information on insurance billing, purchasing, inventory control; medication errors and customer service. PRE-or-COREQ: PHTC 0150. COREQ: PHTC 0171. F
PHTC 0172 Applied Pharmacy Technology II: 2 semester hours.
Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for competent performance of technical pharmacy tasks in institutional and ambulatory settings, especially sterile products preparation, pharmacy calculations and unit dose drug distribution systems. PRE-or-COREQ: PHTC 0150, PHTC 0152, PHTC 0161, and PHTC 0161L. COREQ: PHTC 0172L. S
PHTC 0172L Applied Pharmacy Technology II Lab: 0 semester hours.
Provides students with an opportunity to practice the knowledge and skills necessary for competent performance of technical pharmacy tasks in institutional and ambulatory settings, especially sterile products preparation, pharmacy calculations and unit dose drug distribution systems. PRE-or-COREQ: PHTC 0150, PHTC 0152, PHTC 0161, PHTC 0161L, PHTC 0171, PHTC 0171L. COREQ: PHTC 0172. S
PHTC 0175 Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Preparation: 1 semester hour.
Designed to prepare students for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. Course covers major areas of focus on the exam such as assisting the pharmacist in serving the patients; maintaining medication and inventory control systems, and participating in the management of pharmacy practice. PRE-or-COREQ: PHTC 0150, PHTC 0152, PHTC 0161, PHTC 0161L, PHTC 0171, PHTC 0171L, PHTC 0172, PHTC 0172L, PHTC 0182, PHTC 0187. Su
PHTC 0182 Pharmacy Technician Practicum and Seminar I: 5 semester hours.
This is a supervised pharmacy technician practice in a retail or institutional setting. Instruction and guidance are provided by the staff of the participating pharmacy. Emphasis is on the application of classroom content in the pharmacy setting. PRE-or-COREQ: PHTC 0150, PHTC 0152, PHTC 0161, PHTC 0161L, PHTC 0171, PHTC 0171L, PHTC 0172, PHTC 0172L. S
PHTC 0187 Pharmacy Technician Practicum and Seminar II: 5 semester hours.
This is a second supervised pharmacy technician practice in a retail or institutional setting. Instruction and guidance are provided by the staff of the participating pharmacy. Emphasis is on the application of classroom content in the pharmacy setting. PRE-or-COREQ: PHTC 0150, PHTC 0152, PHTC 0161, PHTC 0161L, PHTC 0171, PHTC 0171L, PHTC 0172, PHTC 0172L, PHTC 0182. Su