District Syllabus
PTN1001
Introduction To Pharmacy


Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3 (NOTE: )
Laboratory Fee: $125
Prerequisites: PTN1017 Pharmacy Technician Math and
PTN1131 Applied Pharmacy Practice and
PTN1131L Applied Pharmacy Practice Lab
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description: This course introduces pharmacy practice and the technician's role in a variety of pharmacy settings. Emphasis is placed on the duties and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician, including critical thinking and professional judgment skills. Course objectives explore employment opportunities, introduction to interpreting and processing prescriptions, pharmacy law and ethics, standards of practice and orientation to the skills required for the occupation of a pharmacy technician.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Mohr, Mary E.. Standards of Practice for the Pharmacy Technician, 1st ed., Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010. ISBN: 9780781766173
Supplemental Materials:
Special Requirements: Acceptance into the Pharmacy Technician Program; background check and drug screen.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the student will have an 
understanding of the roles, responsibilities and primary activities 
of the Pharmacy Technician.
              
Course Learning Outcomes:
1. The student will understand the history of the Pharmacy profession 
   and the Pharmacy Technician.

2.  The student will recognize the different types of practice 
    settings of today and where the field is headed in the future.

3.  The student will understand the professional roles of pharmacy 
    technicians and the job responsibilities of various positions 
    available for pharmacy technicians.

4.  The student will understand communicating clearly – getting the 
    right medication to the right patient at the right time.

5.  The student will understand working with accuracy – getting the 
    right dosage form and the right route of administration.

6.  The student will understand handling payment for medications.

7.  The student will understand methods for preventing medication 
    errors.

8.  The student will recognize the required parts of an outpatient 
    prescription and become familiar with software alerts and the 
    appropriate response.

9.  The student will understand different delivery systems in the 
    inpatient and homecare setting and the importance of cross 
    training.

10. The student will understand over-the-counter medications, herbal 
    products, and diagnostic aids.

11.  The student will become familiar with the processes involved in 
     procuring and managing inventory, including various ordering 
     systems, the receiving process, invoice and check-in procedures, 
     and handling and storage.  

12.  The student will have a basic understanding of pharmacy law and 
     the reasons for strict legal regulation of pharmacy operations.  

13.  The student will know the difference between law and ethics and 
     will understand their importance in the practice of a pharmacy
     technician.  

14.  The student will understand the importance of confidentiality 
     and HIPPA in the pharmacy setting.  
Methods of Evaluation: Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the instructor, within the policies of the college and the department. Detailed explanations are included in the expanded Syllabus developed by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.