Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician

This program is no longer accepting new students and/or re-entering students into the program.
Delivery Method: On-Ground and Online Modality
Campus: Rockford, IL Only

This comprehensive program prepares individuals to achieve competency in the skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to enter the pharmacy workplace as a Pharmacy Technician.  Students develop skills in all areas of pharmacy practice such as computer entry, pharmaceutical calculations, record keeping, and compounding of extemporaneous and aseptic products to be dispensed. Emphasizing a customer-centered approach, the program also helps develop the proper skills needed to work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. The Occupational Associate Degree offers students additional general education courses to supplement their knowledge. The program prepares the graduate to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. In addition to attendance in all courses, students will be required to complete out-of-class assignments. These assignments include but are not limited to reading, exercises and problem solving, projects, research, papers, and presentations. A student can anticipate out-of-class activities that equal about two (2) hours for every one (1) hour of lecture.  Upon successful completion of the program (see graduation requirements section of the catalog), students could seek or obtain entry-level employment in a pharmacy technician related positions.

Program Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates should be able to:

  1. Understanding of federal and state laws that govern pharmacies.
  2. Prepare medication and other health products for patients 
  3. Prepare extemporaneous compounds and sterile medications 
  4. Receive written prescriptions and requests from patients
  5. Complete order entry of prescriptions
  6. Manage inventory
  7. Calculate medication dosages
  8. Create patient profiles 
  9. Process third party claims
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of medical and pharmaceutical terminology and the pharmacology of medications

Course Code

Course Title

Contact Hours

Quarter
Credit
Hours

 

Concentration Requirements

 

 

BUS101

Applied Business Math

40

4.0

BUS107

College and Career Success Skills

40

4.0

CIT100

Word Processing I

40

3.0

MED100 

Medical Terminology I

40

4.0

MED120

Medical Law & Ethics

40

4.0

PHT100

Introduction to Pharmacology and Pharmacy Practice

40

4.0

PHT102

Intro to Anatomy & Physiology for Pharmacy Technicians

40

4.0

PHT104

Pharmacy Calculation

40

4.0

PHT105

Drug Therapy I

40

4.0

PHT106

Drug Therapy II

40

4.0

PHT107

Drug Therapy III

40

4.0

PHT200

Institutional Pharmacy

40

4.0

PHT205

Community Pharmacy

40

4.0

PHT210

Pharmacy Technology I

40

3.0

PHT215

Pharmacy Technology II

40

4.0

PHT220

Admixture and Medical Asepsis

40

3.0

PHT230

Special Topics for the Pharmacy

40

4.0

PHT290

Pharmacy Externship I 

300

10.0

 

Total

980

75.0

 

General Education Requirements

 

 

GEN101

Speech

40

4.0

GEN104

College English

40

4.0

GEN105

Human Relations

40

4.0

GEN106

Culture & Diversity

40

4.0

GEN107

Written Communications

40

4.0

 

Total

200

20.0

 

Grand Total

1,180

95.0

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