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Pharmacy Technician Career Prep Professional
Course Code: MSM119
ACCESS LENGTH: 12 MONTHS
DELIVERY: ONLINE, SELF-PACED
This course prepares a student to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) or the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) certification exam.
This program prepares students to be professional Pharmacy Technicians dedicated to assisting Registered Pharmacists in quality pharmacy operational procedures. Graduates are equipped to assist the Pharmacist filling prescriptions according to doctor’s orders. Pharmacy Technicians also participate in ordering products and inventory control, as well as billing and receiving payments. Trained graduates that pass this course are eligible to sit for a national certification exam. Once students pass the course and certification exam they can submit an application to participate in an internship program with national affiliation partners like CVS and Walgreens, or local pharmacy operations near their residence. This internship is what many employers in this industry want to see that tells them the student is job ready for this high demand job.
State regulations will vary by state, and this course does not specifically prepare students to meet all states’ regulations. Potential students are highly encouraged to research what the regulations are in the state that they intend to work in.
- Explain the role of the pharmacy technician and identify the elements that make up the pharmacy.
- Explain the role of math in the pharmacy and identify pharmaceutical measurements and dosage calculations.
- Explain basic medication safety and identify the different types of drug and drug references associated with them.
- Explain the role of the community pharmacy and identify the activities that occur within the community pharmacy.
- Explain non-sterile compounding and identify the procedures associated with non-sterile compounding.
- Identify the services, structure, procedures and techniques that are part of an institutional pharmacy.
- Identify the sterile procedures and practices that are the responsibility of a pharmacy technician.
- Identify the career options available to pharmacy technicians and identify the steps necessary to obtain employment.
While much is now known about HIV infection, its direct and indirect effects continue to challenge patients, families, communities, and caregivers. A new generation of health care providers is now needed to provide care for persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH). Unlike earlier professional caregivers who had limited treatment options and primarily provided care for those dying from AIDS, the new generation of caregivers must understand HIV/AIDS as a chronic condition that PLWH may live with for several decades. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of HIV and AIDS, and it will cover topics ranging from the history of HIV, transmission, prevention, patient management, and working with special populations. When a student completes this course, the student will have a thorough understanding of the needs of patients living with HIV/AIDS and will be better equipped to provide care for those infected with the virus.
Pharmacy Technician Career Prep Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Overview of the Pharmacy and the Role of the Pharmacy Technician
In this lesson, you will learn about the pharmacy and the role of the pharmacy technician. You will learn about the laws, regulations, and standards governing pharmacies and the legal obligations of pharmacy technicians. You will also learn the basic concepts of pharmacology, including drugs and their sources, the national drug code, and the regulation of drugs. Finally, you will learn about the role of the pharmacy technician as part of the pharmacy team, as well as the importance of communication in the pharmacy. Upon completion of this lesson, you will have a thorough understanding of the pharmacy and the role of the pharmacy technician.
Lesson 2: Pharmacy Math, Dosage Calculations, and Drug References
In this lesson, you will learn about pharmacy math and dosage calculations. You will receive a basic math review to ensure you are prepared for pharmacy calculations. Then, you will learn about dosage forms, routes of administration, and dispensing medications. You will also learn about pharmaceutical measurements and calculations. In the second section, you will learn about the different types of drugs and the drug references associated with them. Upon completion of this lesson, you will be fully prepared to perform basic math and dosage calculations as part of a pharmaceutical team.
Lesson 3: Pharmacy Practice Settings
In this lesson, you will learn about the various pharmacy practice settings. You will receive an overview of the community pharmacy and the specific activities that occur in a community pharmacy, including the business practices in the community pharmacy. From there, you will learn about the institutional pharmacy and how it differs from the community pharmacy. The lesson will provide an overview of the institutional pharmacy and describe the structure, services and personnel that comprise an institutional pharmacy. You will also learn about the specific techniques and procedures that are part of an institutional pharmacy.
Lesson 4: Compounding
In this lesson, you will learn about compounding. You will learn the rules and standards that apply to compounding, and you will also learn the techniques and procedures for compounding. Upon completion of this lesson, you will understand how to properly perform the procedures associated with compounding and you will be prepared to apply this knowledge to a pharmacy setting.
Lesson 5: Pharmacy Management and Medication Safety
In this lesson, you will learn about pharmacy management practices and basic medication safety. You will learn the skills necessary to properly manage a pharmacy, including inventory, billing, insurance, and ordering. You will also learn proper drug storage procedures. In the second section, you will learn about medication safety and error prevention, including the various medication errors and their causes, reporting strategies, and error tracking.
Lesson 6: Therapeutic Agents: Nervous - Cardiovascular System
In this lesson, you will learn about the therapeutic agents that are used with the following body systems: Nervous, Endocrine, Musculoskeletal, and Cardiovascular. In each section, you will learn about the body system and the conditions associated with it. You will also learn about the drugs used to treat conditions in each body system.
Lesson 7: Therapeutic Agents: Respiratory - Reproductive System
In this lesson, you will learn about the therapeutic agents that are used with the following body systems: Respiratory, Gastrointestinal, Renal, and Reproductive. In each section, you will learn about the body system and the conditions associated with it. You will also learn about the drugs used to treat conditions in each body system.
Lesson 8: Therapeutic Agents: Immune - Hematological System
In this lesson, you will learn about the therapeutic agents that are used with the following body systems: Immune, Eyes/Ears/Nose/Throat, Dermatological, and Hematological. In each section, you will learn about the body system and the conditions associated with it. You will also learn about the drugs used to treat conditions in each body system.
Lesson 9: Over-the-Counter and Complementary Medicine
In this lesson, you will learn about over-the-counter and complementary medications. You will learn about the different types of medication and the conditions they treat. You will also learn how to manage and distribute these medications.
Healthcare Professional Perspectives on HIV and AIDS Curriculum:
Lesson 1: HIV Infection and AIDS
In this lesson, you will learn about HIV infection and AIDS. You will learn about the etiology, epidemiology, and transmission of HIV. You will also learn about the history of HIV and the evolution of the virus. HIV will be discussed from a national and global perspective to provide a thorough overview of the scope and impact of the virus. Upon completion of this lesson, you will have a broad understanding of the history and extent of the virus.
Lesson 2: HIV Diagnosis and Progression
In this lesson, you will learn about HIV diagnosis and prevention. In the first section, you will learn about HIV screening, testing and counseling. You will learn about the different types of tests available and the ways in which patients receive test results and post-diagnosis counseling. In the second section, you will learn about the pathogenesis of HIV. Upon completion of this section, you will have a thorough understanding of HIV diagnosis and progression.
Lesson 3: Prevention
In this lesson, you will learn about prevention and intervention strategies that are used to reduce the spread of HIV. The first section of this lesson will provide an overview of the prevention strategies used by individuals to reduce the risk of acquiring the virus. The second section of this lesson provides information regarding the broad-scale intervention strategies used with individuals to prevent the spread of the infection through groups.
Lesson 4: Managing HIV
In this lesson, you will learn how to manage HIV in HIV positive patients. In the first section, you will learn about patient experiences living with HIV to gain a better understanding of the challenges these individuals face. In the second section, you will learn how to work with patients to help them manage their infection. You will learn about basic medical management of HIV, as well as medical case management. Upon completion of this lesson, you will be fully prepared to help patients manage their infection.
Lesson 5: Working with Caregivers
In this lesson, you will learn how to work with caregivers to ensure patients receive adequate care and treatment. Formal and informal caregivers encounter signiﬁcant challenges in meeting demands of caregiving to persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH). This lesson discusses stigma, caregiver burden, and grief related to loss as these relate to caregivers of PLWH. Global strategies for addressing these caregiving issues include: (1) identifying important caregiving problems and skills, (2) developing effective coping strategies, and (3) using community resources to assist caregivers.
Lesson 6: Special Populations
In this lesson, you will learn about the issues facing HIV positive members of special populations. Over the course of the HIV epidemic the disease has disproportionately affected members of vulnerable (minority) populations, including racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities. Persons from ethnic and gender minority groups face multiple challenges when seeking health care. Challenges faced by minorities are often contextually based and require nurses and other health care providers to examine complex interrelationships between person and environment. In addition to the groups mentioned above, incarcerated individuals who are HIV positive face special challenges regarding care and treatment. This lesson will address the concerns faced by members of these special populations and provide strategies for working with them.
Lesson 7: Women, Children, and the Elderly
In this lesson, you will learn about HIV and its impact on women, children and the elderly. These groups face unique challenges, issues, and considerations with respect to HIV/AIDS, and it is important that health care providers are aware of their special needs. This lesson will provide strategies for working with these groups that will ensure they receive the proper level of care and adequate treatment.
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