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Pharmacy Technology Advanced Certificate

City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Pharmacy Technology

Advanced Certificate (AC)

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This Advanced Certificate program in Pharmacy Technology prepares students for employment as Pharmacy Technicians. The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  Pharmacy technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. They may perform many of the same duties as pharmacists, but all technicians’ work must be checked by a pharmacist before medication is dispensed. While Pharmacy Technicians can work everywhere pharmacists work, some state laws may limit the duties they perform.   
    
Enrollment Procedures   
A special application is required for entry into the program. Upon acceptance into the program, students must provide proof of current health insurance and recent medical examination.   
    
Program Admission Requirements   
  • No conviction of felony crime.   
  • Submit a completed application to the Pharmacy Technology program before June 1 for fall semester admission only.   
  • Provide official high school transcripts or GED certificate showing date of graduation as well as official transcripts of all college courses taken by applicant.   
  • Provide official results of the College placement examination indicating college level scores in Mathematics, English, and reading comprehension.   
  • Submit three letters of recommendation either from former teachers, employers, counselors or ministers to the Pharmacy Technology office, Room 3524.   
  • Personal interview with members of the program’s admissions committee.   
For more information on the Pharmacy Technology program please call (312) 850-7385.​   
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Details: Advanced Certificate (AC)

Career Pathway

Credit Hours (CH)

33

Program/Plan Number

254

Funding Options

Open For Enrollment

Yes

Also Offered At

 

Career Possibilities

Courses

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Prerequisites

 CH

General Education Requirements

 CH

Program Core Requirements

33  CH

The following courses are seperated into two semester:

First Semester: Pharmacy Technology 102, 103, 104, 201 & 204.

Second Semester: Pharmacy Technology 101, 113, 121, 202 & 205.

Pharmacy Technology
PHAR TC 101
Pharmacology Allied Health 4
Principles and characteristics of drugs, including physical and chemical properties, dosage calculations, effects and reactions, toxicity, emergency procedures and methods of administration. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Pharmacy Technology program/plan 254.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PHAR TC 102
Basic Science for Allied Health Personnel 4
Fundamental biological and biochemical principles as applied to allied health personnel. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Pharmacy Technology program/plan 254
Offered at: Malcolm X
PHAR TC 103
Intro To Pharmacy Technolog 4
This course introduces the student to the field of pharmacy technology. Included is an overview of the Pharmacy Technician certificate program, definition of the pharmacy technician's role, and a review of opportunities open to the pharmacy technician. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Pharmacy Technology program/plan 254.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PHAR TC 104
Pharmaceutical Calculations 3
Designed to provide mathematical tools for students enrolled in the pharmacy technology program. Emphasis is on practical aspects of mathematics and less upon the theoretical. Topics include, but are not limited to: fundamentals of measurement and calculation; interpretation of prescription or medication order; the metric system; calculation of doses; reducing and enlarging formulas; and percentage and ratio calculation. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission into the Pharmacy Tech Program/Plan 254.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PHAR TC 113
Prescription Processing 2
Provides basic understanding of the person / pharmacy computer prescription processing software and the development of keyboarding skills. Learn to produce all requisite documentation for the pharmacy. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, and part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Pharmacy Technology program/plan 254.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PHAR TC 121
Pharmacy Communication 3
Provides basic communication skills and pharmacy practice including verbal, nonverbal communication. Communication barriers, listening/empathic responding, assertiveness, interviewing assessment, patient outcomes, communications with special patients/children about medications are explored in this profession. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Malcolm X
PHAR TC 201
Intro To Pharmacy Law 1
Overview of legal aspects of the pharmacy practice, including a review of the Federal Controlled Substances Act and Illinois statues, rules and regulations. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Pharmacy Technology program/plan 254.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PHAR TC 202
Pharmacy Operations 4
Fundamentals and specifics of drug distribution in hospital and retail pharmacies, including bulk compounding, packaging, quality control, inventory control, drug storage and a variety of drug delivery systems. Mathematical calculations for basic pharmacy operations. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Pharmacy Technology program/plan 254.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PHAR TC 204
Clinical Practicum I 4
This course is designed to provide employment skills as a concurrent and integral part of a student's educational program in pharmacy technology. Supervised work experience in ambulatory care pharmacy practice is provided by applying the knowledge and training learned in related pharmacy technology courses. Training also involves progression from role of observer to assistant, then to relative independence under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist and clinical coordinator. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Pharmacy Technology 103 and Pharmacology 103.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PHAR TC 205
Clinical Practicum II 4
This course is designed to provide employment skills as a concurrent and integral part of a student's educational program in pharmacy technology. Supervised work experience in ambulatory care pharmacy practice is provided by applying the knowledge and training learned in related pharmacy technology courses. Training also involves progression from role of observer to assistant, then to relative independence under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist and clinical coordinator. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Pharmacy Technology 101 and Pharmacy Technology 102 and Pharmacy Technology 201 and Pharmacy Technology 202 and Pharmacology 103.
Offered at: Malcolm X

Additional Requirements

 CH

Elective Program Requirements

 CH

Area of Focus

 CH

Focus Electives

 CH

 CH
Total Minimum Credit Hours
 

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