Program Description for Pharmacy Technician


36 Weeks / 754 Clock Hours which includes 169 Externship Hours / 146.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours

900.25 Total Hours /27 Semester Credits

The pharmacy technician program at Midwest Technical Institute is designed to prepare students to enter the pharmacy field at a minimum entry level in hospitals, community (retail) pharmacies, or clinics, as well as non-traditional settings. Pharmacy Technician students will be licensed by the State of Illinois and upon completion of this course, be eligible to sit for the certification exam as a Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician in the State of Illinois. Trained pharmacy technicians are extremely valuable in healthcare environments. The pharmacy technician may act as an intermediary between the physician and pharmacist, and as an advocate for patients. Pharmacy technicians must be extremely responsible, accurate and efficient professional at all times.


Strong communication skills and the ability to work as a team with a positive attitude are desired characteristics. More and more employers desire or require certification/formal training as reliance on pharmacy technicians grows. Employers, often pharmacists, know that individuals with formal training have a standardized body of knowledge and skills necessary for the success of their business and the safety and well-being of the patients/ clients they serve.

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Certifications:

    • Prepares the student for
      Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam

  • Upon completion student will
    be a licensed pharmacy technician
    in their state.

 Course Subject Descriptions Are As Follows:

       (click on course title for full catalog listing)

    Program consists of 4 modules:

 

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Orientation to Pharmacy

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PHP 100 Orientation to Pharmacy Practice

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2 Credits


In this subject, the duties and responsibilities of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, types of pharmacies, and work environments are discussed.  Topics include definitions of a pharmacy environment, the profile of a pharmacy technician, legal and ethical guidelines, job skills, duties, pharmacy organizations, management of change, certification, and verbal and written communication skills.  In addition, professional resources and safety techniques, collecting, organizing and evaluating information, purchase of pharmaceuticals devices and supplies are introduced to students.

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THY 200 Therapeutic Agents of Body Systems I

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2 Credits


This is a study of therapeutic agents, their classifications, properties, actions and effects on the human body and their role in the management of disease, as it relates to each system of the body.  Drug dosages, side effects, interactions, toxicities, and incompatibilities are covered.

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PC 101 Computer Applications for the Pharmacy Technician

15 Clock Hours-Lecture & 30 Clock Hours-Lab / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2 Credits


This course will focus on the utilization of computer technology in a pharmacy setting.  Ambulatory care systems and institutional systems will be addressed.  Entering physician orders, patient information, and performing inventory via computer systems will all be addressed.  Students will also be introduced to word processing, creating documents, and the process of producing a document.  Keyboarding speed will also be a major topic discussed and practiced.  Control of inventory and collection of payment (billing) will also be discussed and practiced.

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PHY 120 Pharmacy Law and Ethics

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2 Credits


This subject introduces the student to laws that govern pharmacies as well as good ethical practices.  Federal and state laws and legal and ethical constraints involving technician and pharmacists in a variety of settings is discussed.

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Community Pharmacy Practice

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 PHP 110 Community Pharmacy Practice

30 Clock Hours-Lecture & 30 Clock Hours-Lab / 15 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2.5 Credits


This course introduces the student to the retail or ambulatory pharmacy and the technician’s role.  Students will learn skills necessary to interpret, prepare, label, and maintain records of physicians medication orders and prescriptions in a community pharmacy.  Topics include superior customer service, count and pour techniques, supply, inventory, data entry, drug selection and preparation, medication safety, monitoring medication therapy, over-the-counter drugs, and stock levels.  Identification of patients for counseling will be discussed and practiced.  Assessment of medication orders/prescriptions and medication distributions will also be discussed.

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THY 210 Therapeutic Agents of Body Systems II

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2 Credits


This is a continued study of therapeutic agents, their classifications, properties, actions and effects on the human body and their role in the management of disease, related to each system of the body.  Drug dosages, side effects, interactions, toxicities, and incompatibilities are covered.

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PC 102 Computerized Drug Delivery System

30 Clock Hours-Lecture / 7.5 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1 Credit


This course is an overview of current pharmacy technology, including equipment and devices for drug distribution, preparation, and manufacturing.  Topics will include mechanical, automatic, and non-conventional drug delivery systems.  Investigational medication products will also be covered.  Maintenance of equipment and facilities are also a part of this subject.  Medical insurance for the pharmacy technician is not covered.  Included are case studies, dialog, billing tips, sample calculations, compliance tips, and a 10-step billing process.  This course provides a practical, focused overview of medical insurance and billing of prescriptions in the community pharmacy.

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PHY 110 Pharmaceutical Calculations

15 Clock Hours-Lecture & 30 Clock Hours-Lab / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1.5 Credits


This course covers pharmaceutical mathematics needed to be a success in pharmacy application.  It also covers calculations specific to the preparation and distribution of medications.  Topics include ratio and proportion, dilution and concentration, milliequivalent units, and intravenous flow rates.  Metric system and percentages are also studied.

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Institutional Pharmacy Practice

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PD 120 Institutional Pharmacy Practice

30 Clock Hours-Lecture & 30 Clock Hours-Lab / 15 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2.5 Credits


This course will instruct students on various types of medication distribution systems.  Students will learn to interpret hospital orders and fill unit dose orders.  Unit dose packaging, unit dose cart fill, dose calculations, and floor stock medications will be covered.  Researching online for various drug information questions is also covered.  Pharmacy organization work flow, inpatient drug distribution systems, drug storage, and inventory control are also topics to be covered.  Home care practice, long term care, and acute care practice are also part of this subject.

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THY 220 Therapeutic Agents of Body Systems III

30 Clock Hours-Lecture / 7.5 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1 Credit


This is a continued study of therapeutic agents, their classifications, properties, actions and effects on the human body and their role in the management of disease, related to each system of the body.  Drug dosages, side effects, interactions, toxicities, and incompatibilities are covered.  Systems studied include integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, GI systems, reproductive, and urinary.

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MED 110 Intravenous Admixture and Sterile Products

30 Clock Hours-Lecture & 30 Clock Hours-Lab / 15 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2.5 Credits


This subject focuses on the preparation of intravenous solutions including irrigation solutions and ophthalmic preparations.  Sterile products, hand washing techniques, pharmaceutical calculations, references, safety techniques in preparation compounding, proper use of equipment, preparation of sterile products, safe handling of antineoplastic drugs, and hazardous medication products are covered.

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PD 101 Professional Development

30 Clock Hours-Lecture / 7.5 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1 Credit


Students will discuss and learn to practice the elements of personal success in this course.  Students learn to evaluate their strengths by assessing qualifications for career choices, learning successful interviewing strategies, and developing resumes and cover letters.  Projecting a professional manner and image in the workplace is also introduced to students.

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Upon successful completion of all coursework through all three modules, MTI will provide a background check and a lab coat.


 Pharmacy Technician Externship

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PHY 130 Pharmacology Technician Certification Review

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2 Credits


This subject reviews major topics from the curriculum that will be covered on the National Pharmacy Technician Certification examination.

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PHY 200 Externship

169 Clock Hours-Externship / 3.5 Credits


This subject reviews major topics from the curriculum that will be covered on the National Pharmacy Technician Certification examination.


**Students must spend five hours per day at externship.


In the third module, students will meet with their respective externship coordinator to begin planning their externships. The externship is required for all students and must be completed to be eligible for graduation and to receive their diploma. To qualify for the externship phase of the program, a student must first have met the 2.0 G.P.A. or re-taking a subject, a score of 70% or above on the Comprehensive Class Room Final Exam, have an overall attendance of 90% in his or her medical subjects, have received a TB Skin Test, TET, MMR, and Hep B vaccine, and must submit to and pass illicit drug use evaluation screening (A positive drug screening will result in immediate dismissal from the program).

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Student will be scheduled for 169 hours at an extern site (site listing below for each campus) that has an externship agreement with MTI.  MTI currently has externship site agreements in place, and those sites have agreed to host pharmacy technician students.  Externs are not entitled to compensation.


Current sites with agreements for Pharmacy Technician:


**Externship site for Quad Cities, IL campus, Trinity Medical Center, requires students to provide proof of an updated flu shot and background check.

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