Pharmacy Technician

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Program Information

Entire Program Duration
90 weeks

How long is every course?
10 weeks

Theory & Associated Lab Work
94.5 Quarter Credit Hours

General Education
13.5 Quarter Credit Hours

Total Quarter Credit Hours
108


Class Schedule

Morning Classes
Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon Classes
Monday through Thursday
1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Evening Classes
Monday through Thursday
6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

* Class hours are subject to change or vary based on student needs

Categories

programs

Pharmacy Technician

Students receive instruction from experts in each Pharmacy Technician course at Vatterott College – Sunset Hills. The Pharmacy Technician Associates of Occupational Studies introduces students to fundamental medical language and office basics, as well as medical ethics and billing. Classes progress toward more advanced concepts such as medical dosages and pharmaceutical calculations.

The objective of this program is to prepare the student for entry-level employment as a Pharmacy Technician. Pharmacy Technicians assist pharmacists with technical tasks. Independent pharmacies, chain pharmacies, hospitals, long-term health care organizations, pharmaceutical divisions and manufacturers employ pharmacy technicians.

PA-110: Medical Language I

This course will introduce the student to medical terminology, anatomy and physiology. The student will learn medical terms and meaning, along with body parts, systems and functions. The student will also learn the medications used to treat disorders and drug terminology. Topics covered include: Introduction to Terminology & Terminology of the Body Systems

PA-111: Medical Language II

This course will strengthen the students’ knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology. The student will learn medical terms and meaning, along with body parts, systems and functions. The student will also learn the medications used to treat disorders and drug terminology.

PA-112: Keyboarding

This course will instruct the student in the basics of keyboarding for performance in the pharmacy field. This course will help students develop fundamental skills by mastering the alphabetic keyboard, top-row numbers, symbols, and the numeric keypad.

PA-113: Pharmacology I

This course will instruct the student in pharmacology including the brand and trade names, drug classes, uses, and effects of prescription drugs. This course includes a section on pharmaceutical math. This portion is designed to familiarize the student with the basic math functions including the metric system, basic algebra, and an introduction to dosage calculations.

PA-114: Pharmacology II

In this course students will gain an understanding of drugs by body system categories like Neurological and Psychiatric drugs along with other drug categories like Anesthetic Drugs, Emergency Drugs, Intravenous Fluids, and Blood Products.

PA-115: Introduction to Computer Concepts

This course will introduce the student to computer usage and basic computer knowledge. This course will also cover Current information on hardware, memory, multimedia, storage, and application software and show students how they can apply it to everyday life.

PA-116: Introduction to HIPAA

This course will introduce the student to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, also known as HIPAA. The student will learn about the Act and the how it affects the student when working in the pharmacy field.

PA-117: Law and Ethics for Pharmacy Technicians

The student will learn pharmaceutical law and ethics as it applies to the areas of the pharmacy field. The student will learn about the regulations and legal issues pertaining to pharmacy technicians nationally.

PA-118: Insurance for Pharmacy Technicians

This course will introduce the student to medical insurance as it pertains to pharmacy technicians. The student will also learn procedures, information technology skills, and communications pertaining to prescription processing through insurance providers.

PA-119: Pharmaceutical Management I

This course will instruct the student in detail on the difference between Retail and Clinical pharmacies. The student will also learn the history behind pharmacy, alternative pharmacy, and classification of drugs. Classifications of body systems will also be introduced.

PA-120: Pharmaceutical Management II

This course will instruct the student in detail on the difference between Retail and Clinical pharmacies. The student will also learn the history behind pharmacy, alternative pharmacy, and classification of drugs. Basic Sciences will be introduced.

PA-121: Introduction to Pharmaceutical Software

This course will enhance the student’s computer abilities focusing on the pharmaceutical software. The student will learn data entry skills, including insurance processing and physician information.

PA-122: Pharmaceutical Career Planning I

This course will introduce the students to nontraditional pharmacy settings that are unique and advanced. The student will learn the role and responsibility of pharmacy technicians in advanced settings.

PA-123: Pharmaceutical Career Planning II

This course will introduce the students to nontraditional pharmacy settings that are unique and advanced. The student will learn the role and responsibility of pharmacy technicians in advanced settings.

PA-124: Career Success for Pharmacy Technicians

The students will learn teamwork, professionalism, grooming, as well as, choosing an area of interest within the pharmaceutical field.

PA-125: Advanced Computers I - Microsoft Word

This course will enhance and build on the students’ previously learned basic computer usage and knowledge. The student will receive in-depth training using Microsoft Office Word applications. The student will be exposed to multiple projects in each application with some projects related specifically to the pharmacy field.

PA-126: Advanced Computers II - Microsoft Excel

This course will enhance and build on the students’ previously learned basic computer usage and knowledge. The student will receive in-depth training using Microsoft Office Excel applications. The student will be exposed to multiple projects in each application with some projects related specifically to the pharmacy field.

PA-127: Advanced Computers III - Microsoft Access & PowerPoint

This course will enhance and build on the students’ previously learned basic computer usage and knowledge. The student will receive in-depth training using Microsoft Office Access, and PowerPoint applications. The student will be exposed to multiple projects in each application with some projects related specifically to the pharmacy field.

PA-210: Pharmaceutical Procedures I

This course will teach the student the proper procedures for calculating and mixing medications, syringe measurement, and insulin dosages. The student will learn the importance of medication safety when dispensing drugs and the rights of medication administration.

PA-211: Pharmaceutical Procedures II

This course will teach the student the proper procedures for calculating and mixing medications, dosages based on body weight, IV admixture calculations and flow rates. The student will learn the importance of medication safety when dispensing drugs and the rights of medication administration.

PA-212: Pharmacy Certification Review I

This course is designed to introduce the student to the PTCB examination and the structure of the exam. The student will learn test taking skills, review pharmacology, math calculations, and prescription processing. Continuing education will be discussed as well as registration for pharmacy technicians based on state board of pharmacy regulations.

PA-213: Pharmacy Certification Review II

This course is designed to introduce the student to the PTCB examination and the structure of the exam. The student will learn test taking skills, review pharmacology, math calculations, and prescription processing. Continuing education will be discussed as well as registration for pharmacy technicians based on state board of pharmacy regulations.

PA-215: Pharmacy Technician Capstone

This course includes preparation for certification examination and a comprehensive review of the Pharmacy Technician curriculum. The student must also develop a capstone project proposal, to be approved by the instructor. The proposed project may be a case study, research paper, portfolio of work with written explanation, etc. This course will also include online externship component that will simulate the pharmacy experience.

GE-101: English Composition I

In this English Composition I course, students develop written communication skills. The course materials place an emphasis on the principles of communication which includes understanding the writing process and analysis of readings, as can be applied personally and professionally. This is an intensive review of the English language and its use in college-level writing, including written discourse, sentence structure, paragraph development, essay organization, all in concert with critical thinking processes.

GE-105: Introduction to Psychology

This psychology course is provides a foundation to understand human behavior. Course covers theories and concepts including: scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.

GE-205: College Algebra

This college algebra course focuses on algebraic concepts essential for success in the workplace and other courses. Using practical examples and applications, students practice fundamental operations with number systems, formulas, algebraic expressions and linear equations. This course also explores problems involving factoring, inequalities, exponents, radicals, functions, quadratic equations and graphs.

Student Access

Vatterott offers support guidance such as academic advisors, career services and exclusive communities

Affordability

Competitive tuition rates, scholarships and financial aid makes Vatterott very affordable.

Academics

Learn from specially trained instructors with many years of real world experience in their fields.

Accreditation

Earn ACCSC Accredited degrees and certifications that many employers look for in candidates.

Institution Information

Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc.
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St. Louis, Missouri 63127

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Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. offers quality education for students interested the Automotive, Trades, Medical, Business, Technology, Legal and Culinary Professions.

Vatterott offers online degrees for those who aspire to work in the fields of Business Management, Information Systems Security, Medical Assistant Occupational Specialist, Paralegal, and Pharmacy Technicians.

In 1969, Vatterott College began providing quality career training to students seeking career skills for a better life. Then, in 2003, Vatterott Education Centers Inc. was established as the parent institution of Vatterott College, Vatterott Education Center of Dallas, L'Ecole Culinaire and The Court Reporting Institutes.