Catalog 2019-20

Pharmacy Technology

Associate Degree

A.S. in Pharmacy Technology

The CRC Pharmacy Technology Program includes didactic, laboratory, and practicum components that are structured to facilitate the achievement of educational and career goals. Pharmacy technicians are skilled technical health workers who perform a wide variety of pharmacy related tasks under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist. Successful completion of the program not only prepares graduates to participate in taking the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) but also qualifies students for licensure and registration with the California State Board of Pharmacy and be employed as entry-level pharmacy technician. The program has obtained a 6 year Accreditation Status conferred by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE).

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
1st Semester (Fall):
PHARM 300 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice 31
2nd Semester (Spring):
PHARM 315 Pharmaceutical Calculations 3
PHARM 320 Pharmacology of Therapeutic Agents 5
3rd Semester (Fall):
PHARM 350 Pharmaceutical Information Management 3
PHARM 360 Retail Operation of Pharmaceutical Practice 3
PHARM 380 Preparation of Pharmaceutical Products 3
PHARM 400 Pharmacy Technician Profession 1
4th Semester (Spring):
PHARM 410 Acute Care Practicum 4
PHARM 420 Retail Practicum 2
COMM 301 Introduction to Public Speaking 32
Total Units: 30

1Course can be taken prior to admission into the Pharmacy Technology Program.

2Course can be taken prior to admission into the Pharmacy Technology Program.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • The American Society of Health System Pharmacists requires that all students in the program must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Students may enter PHARM 300 and AH 120 without formal acceptance into the Pharmacy Technology Program, however in order to qualify for official acceptance into the Pharmacy Technology Program, and proceed forward to complete the hands-on laboratory training (PHARM 350, 360, 380) and externship training (PHARM 410, 420), students must complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of a C or higher: AH 120 (corequisites BIOL 102 & AH 110), PHARM 300, PHARM 315 and PHARM 320.
  • The American Society of Health System Pharmacists requires that all students must be successful in passing a Background Check prior to official acceptance into the Pharmacy Technology Training Program.

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • Students should complete all the prerequisite courses with a C grade or better to meet the minimum requirement for acceptance to the Pharmacy Technology Program.
  • Qualified students should submit an Application Form electronically and a hard copy to the Pharmacy Technology Program Director after gaining instructor permission for enrollment in the Pharm 315 & 320 classes. Students will be formally notified by a Letter of Acceptance to the Pharmacy Technology Program. Applications will be made available in the Careers and Technology area office.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

PSLO 1: Application of the federal, state, and local laws; regulations and professional standards to pharmacy practice.

PSLO 2: Analysis of the role of the Pharmacy Technician in distributive pharmacy.

PSLO 3: Demonstrate the comprehension of knowledge pertaining to human anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology.

PSLO 4: Perform math function, dosage calculation and compounding techniques.

PSLO 5: Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct in all job-related activities.

PSLO 6: Design and relate messages for effective and appropriate oral and written communication.

Career Information

Businesses that will make up the potential market for CRC’s Pharmacy Technician graduates include hospitals; pharmacies/drug stores; grocery stores; department stores; state government; local government; and other general merchandise stores in the region. Retail pharmacies are expected to experience the largest growth in pharmacy technician jobs over the next ten years and will most likely benefit the most from a Pharmacy Technician degree program in the region.

Pharmacy Technology (PHARM) Courses

PHARM 300 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

This course introduces the concepts of direct pharmaceutical patient care and the technicians’ role in its delivery. Current direct patient care delivery system and medication distribution systems are emphasized. Topics include dosage calculations, the influence that medication laws, standards and regulations have on practice, and quality assurance in the pharmaceutical setting.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Understand the role of the Pharmacy Technician in collecting, organizing, evaluating, distributing and storing pharmaceutical goods or services for direct pharmaceutical therapy.

PHARM 315 Pharmaceutical Calculations

Units: 3

Hours: 45 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: MATH 100 and PHARM 300 with grades of "C" or better

Corequisite: PHARM 320

Transferable: CSU

This course presents the mathematical concepts and practical experience required for students to pass the math portion of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. Through lecture demonstrations and practice problem sets, students will learn the skills essential for calculating and preparing pharmaceutical dosages in both community and institutional pharmacy settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Understand and perform mathematical calculation methods necessary for daily operational duties in a community or institutional pharmacy.

PHARM 320 Pharmacology of Therapeutic Agents

Units: 5

Hours: 81 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: AH 120 and PHARM 300 with grades of "C" or better

Corequisite: PHARM 315

Advisory: LIBR 318

Transferable: CSU

This course studies the anatomy and physiology of the various human body systems. Students will learn the use and side effects of prescription medications, nonprescription medications, and alternative therapies commonly used to treat diseases affecting the nervous, musculoskeletal, immune, dermatological, hematologic cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, gastrointestinal, renal system as well as the eye, ear, nose and throat. This course covers brand and generic names of the therapeutic agents studied, standard pronunciation, dosage forms, routes of administration, medical abbreviation and the role of the Food and Drug Administration in herbal and dietary supplements. The laboratory activities are designed to provide hands-on experiences in pharmacy calculation and compounding medications related to the various body systems.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate knowledge in federal, state, and local laws; regulations; and professional standards.

PHARM 350 Pharmaceutical Information Management

Units: 3

Hours: 45 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: PHARM 300 with a grade of "C" or better

Advisory: LIBR 318

Transferable: CSU

This course reviews how state laws and regulations determine the activities associated with the collection of patient-specific information by the pharmacy technician. Students learn to secure information from the medical chart, record, patient profile, patient, caregiver, database and health care professional. Technologies used for storing, accessing and recording pharmacy data and proper methods for receiving and authenticating prescription orders are emphasized. Students will also learn safety in medication use and monitoring program of medication therapy and the pharmacy technician’s role in the prevention and reporting of medication misadventures. The lab provides hands-on experience with pharmacy distribution software, technology, and prescription processing.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Analyze the role of the Pharmacy Technician in distributive pharmacy.

PHARM 360 Retail Operation of Pharmaceutical Practice

Units: 3

Hours: 45 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: PHARM 300 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This course reviews the process of pharmaceutical purchasing and acquisitions in the retail settings and in emergency situations. Students will learn inventory control including handling of receipts, storage, removal, and documentation. Other topics include: methods of distribution with emphasis on computer database maintenance and the state laws that govern these activities, billing, collection of payment, third-party payment, and the technician’s role in the assisting the PharmD in immunization administration. The lab will provide hands-on experience in a simulated retail environment.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Collect, organize, and evaluate pharmaceutical goods or services for direct patient care, medication use review, or pharmaceutical therapy.

PHARM 380 Preparation of Pharmaceutical Products

Units: 3

Hours: 27 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB

Prerequisite: PHARM 300 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This course presents the methods of preparing non-compounded, compounded, non-sterile, and sterile products for distribution. Students will learn the state laws and regulations that determine the role of a pharmacy technician in measuring, preparing, packaging, and storing of medications. Medication preparation, profiling, calculation, measuring, safety, labeling and quality assurance procedures will be emphasized.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Understand the role of the Pharmacy Technician in distributive pharmacy.

PHARM 400 Pharmacy Technician Profession

Units: 1

Hours: 18 hours LEC

Prerequisite: PHARM 315 and 320 with grades of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This course prepares the student for employment as a pharmacy technician. Students learn the scope of practice of a pharmacy technician. Students will also learn professional ethics, attitudes, values, and beliefs of successful pharmacy technicians. Emphasis is placed on projecting an image appropriate to the profession and effective interpersonal relationships with other health care professionals and the appreciation for certification and active involvement in local, state, and national technician organizations.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Collect, organize, and evaluate pharmaceutical goods or services for direct patient care, medication use review, or pharmaceutical therapy.

PHARM 410 Acute Care Practicum

Units: 4

Hours: 240 hours LAB

Prerequisite: PHARM 350, 380, and 400 with grades of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This course develops practical skills in the didactic and practicum phases of pharmacy technician training in the acute and home care environment. Acute care includes hospital and/or long-term care facilities. Home care includes exposure to infusion therapy. The clinical experience is performed under professional supervision. A preceptor (Licensed Pharmacist or Certified Pharmacy Technician) evaluates the student’s performance at the site. Students will directly interact with clients and other health care professionals. Students must have a TB clearance and any other immunization required by the clinical facility. Students must have an established Agency Agreement on file with the faculty with a sponsoring site prior to the beginning of the first day of class. Contact the Careers and Technology Main Office for information about the Agency Agreement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Collect, organize, and evaluate pharmaceutical goods or services for direct patient care, medication use review, or pharmaceutical therapy.

PHARM 420 Retail Practicum

Units: 2

Hours: 120 hours LAB

Prerequisite: PHARM 350, 360, and 400 with grades of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This course develops the practical skills for pharmacy technicians in a community/retail environment. The clinical experience is performed under professional supervision. A preceptor (Licensed Pharmacist or Certified Pharmacy Technician) evaluates the student’s performance at the site. Students will directly interact with clients and other health care professionals. Students must have a TB clearance and any other immunization required by the clinical facility. Students must have an established Agency Agreement with a sponsoring site on file with the faculty prior to the beginning of the first day of class. Contact the Careers and Technology Main Office for information about the Agency Agreement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Collect, organize, and evaluate pharmaceutical goods or services for direct patient care, medication use review, or pharmaceutical therapy.

Full-time Faculty

Veneece Awad
Office: WINN 109F
Phone: (916) 691-7534
E-mail: AwadV@crc.losrios.edu

Adjunct Faculty

Sandra Huynh

The CRC Pharmacy Technology Program includes didactic, laboratory, and practicum components that are structured to facilitate the achievement of educational and career goals. Pharmacy technicians are skilled technical health workers who perform a wide variety of pharmacy related tasks under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist. Successful completion of the program not only qualifies students for registration with the California State Board of Pharmacy but also prepares graduates for entry-level pharmacy technician positions. The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.