Pharmacy Technician-Diploma

The Pharmacy Technology program prepares you to function as an allied health professional under the direction of a registered pharmacist in a hospital or retail pharmacy.  Pharmacy technicians are responsible for measuring, mixing, counting, labeling, and recording amounts and dosages of medications, verifying prescriptions from physicians, and maintaining patient records and insurance information.  You will receive hands-on training in a hospital or retail pharmacy, and be eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination after graduation.

Indian Hills Community College will offer the award.  This is a shared program between Indian Hills Community College and Southeastern Community College.

Curriculum Sequence

Term I Course Title Credit
BIO-163 ESSENTIALS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 4
PHR-100 INTRO TO PHARMACY TECHNICIAN (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE) 3
PHR-110 PHARMACY TECHNICIAN I (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE) 3
PHR-145 PHARMACY SIMULATION I (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE) 1
HSC-114 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 3
TOTAL 14
Term 2 Course Title Credit
PHR-115 PHARMACY TECHNICIAN II (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE) 5
PHR-130 PHARMACEUTICAL CALCULATIONS (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE) 1
HSC-212 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE) 3
PHR-148 PHARMACY SIMULATION II (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE) 1
PHR-141 PHARMACY OPERATIONS (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE) 3
HSC-230 EMPLOYMENT PREPARATION (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE) 1
TOTAL 14
Term 3 Course Title Credit
PHR-150 PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PRACTICUM (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE) 2
TOTAL 2

BIO-163 - ESSENTIALS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

This introductory course is designed for the student needing a one-semester combined anatomy and physiology course with laboratory. All systems will be covered with greater emphasis on the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune and urinary systems.  This course also provides background for the more advanced courses BIO-168 and BIO-173

PHR-100 - INTRO TO PHARMACY TECHNICIAN (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course will provide students with the history of pharmacy, law and ethics of pharmacy, ways to protect patient confidentiality and the different roles of pharmacy technicians. Students will obtain appropriate communication, management and teamwork skills necessary to healthcare field. Safety and infection control policies and procedures, continuing education, and major trends in the pharmacy profession will also be presented.

PHR-110 - PHARMACY TECHNICIAN I (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides the student with the roles and responsibilities of the Pharmacy Technician. The different areas of patient-care settings, dosage forms, abbreviations, referencing, competency, communication, prescription processing, over-the-counter medications, complementary alternative medicine, and hospital pharmacy will be presented.

PHR-145 - PHARMACY SIMULATION I (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE)

Lab: 2

Credit: 1

This simulation experience provides the student with the opportunity to apply knowledge and develop skills as a pharmacy technician in an environment without impact, or potential impact, on patients.

HSC-114 - MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is designed to study the basic language related to medical science with emphasis on word analysis, construction, definitions, pronunciations, spelling and standard abbreviations.

PHR-115 - PHARMACY TECHNICIAN II (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE)

Lecture: 4

Lab: 1

Credit: 5

Prescription processing, repackaging, compounding, aseptic technique, pharmacy stock, billing, and psychopharmacology will be discussed. Body systems and related pharmaceuticals will be examined. Students will be introduced to the basic sciences for pharmacy technicians, pharmacy organizations, and the future of technicians.

PHR-130 - PHARMACEUTICAL CALCULATIONS (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE)

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course provides the student with the knowledge and skill necessary to perform dosage conversions and calculations. The apothecary system, metric system and common household measurements are presented. Mathematical calculations used to determine drug dosage is demonstrated.

HSC-212 - PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

The nature, cause, and treatment of disease are the focus of pathophysiology. The characteristics and etiology of diseases are presented using appropriate medical terminology to help students understand the relationship between clinical signs and disease processes.

PHR-148 - PHARMACY SIMULATION II (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE)

Lab: 2

Credit: 1

This advanced simulation experience provides the student with the opportunity to apply knowledge and develop skills as a pharmacy technician in an environment without impact, or potential impact, on patients.

PHR-141 - PHARMACY OPERATIONS (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Procurement, billing, reimbursement, inventory management, and patient and medication safety will be discussed. Students will be introduced to tech-check-tech and the future of technicians.

HSC-230 - EMPLOYMENT PREPARATION (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE)

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course is designed for students preparing to seek employment. Written documents, including letters and resumes, will be discussed and created. Job seeking techniques, including interviewing skills and human relations skills, will also be addressed.

PHR-150 - PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PRACTICUM (INDIAN HILLS CC COURSE)

Clinical: 6

Credit: 2

This course provides students with the opportunity to experience the profession of pharmacy at both community and hospital pharmacy sites. Practicum experiences will help the students decide which area of the profession they would like to pursue at program completion.

Kristi Schroeder - Dean of Health Professions/Director of Nursing, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5180 or (319) 524-3221 ext. 1979

Email: kschroeder@scciowa.edu
RN, Augustana Hospital School of Nursing
BSN, University of Phoenix
MSN, University of Phoenix

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