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Pharmacy Technician Training II

The Community College of Baltimore County-CCBC

Hunt Valley Campus

I. Instructor: Atswei Adjei-Amegashie

II. Contact: 443-840-1071
III. Text-Book: Manual for Pharmacy Technician, Book and
Workbook ASHP and SFRIX Drug Cards
IV. Dates: December 2, 2009 to February 3, 2009
V. Wednesdays: 9:00am to 3:30pm
VI. Grading. You must receive a 75% average in order to pass this
class. There will be quizzes for each class meeting that will be
given at the start or end of each class.
The break-down of the grades are:
Quizzes 35%
Midterm 20%
Final Exam 25%
Assignments 20%

If you miss a quiz due to lateness or absence, you will not be allowed
to make it up. If you miss the midterm or final exam it is your
responsibility notify the instructor within 24 hours of the exam. If you
do not do so, you may not be allowed to make-up the exam.

VII. Attendance. The Allied Health Department has a very strict

attendance policy that will be enforced. If you miss 10% of the
class (9 hours or three classes you will be placed on probation).
At this point your name will be given to the Coordinator of Allied
Health and you will need to meet with her in order to return to
class. If you miss 20% of the class (18 hours or six classes) you
will be removed from the course and you will not receive a
refund. You are entitled to present your side of the story to the
Coordinator who will render a decision. You have the right to
grieve any decision that is made. Lateness will be accumulated
in minutes. If you are 45 minutes late three times this will be
considered 135 minutes of absences or 2 hours and 15 minutes
of absence.

VIII. Academic Honesty. Cheating is defined as using someone else’s

work as your own. This would include copying from someone
else’s test, copying from a book or other source without
permission. Cheating is not allowed and based on the college
policy it may result in a zero on the project, removal from the
program or even expulsion from the college. Anyone who is
caught cheating will be required to meet with the Coordinator
and the instructor. The Coordinator in conjunction with the

instructor will determine the consequence. You have the right to
grieve any decision made.

Successful completion of the following classes:
• Medical Terminology
• Anatomy & Physiology
• Basic Math for Health Care Workers
• CPR for HealthCare Providers

Students begin to learn the role of the Pharmacy Technician in a

pharmaceutical setting. This is the first of two courses leading to national
certification as Pharmacy Technician. Topics include the roles and
responsibilities of the pharmacy technician, drug classification, dosages,
the history of drugs in the US, and legal and ethical issues surrounding
drugs/medications, and names, usages, contraindications of 100 drugs.

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

(1) Use appropriate terminology in discussing pharmaceuticals.

• Pharmacy & Medical Abbreviations
• Routes & Formulations

(2) Demonstrate proficiency in reading and filling prescriptions.

• Prescriptions
• Handout on reading, interpreting and filling prescriptions
• Class exercise on calculating days supply

(3) List and apply Drug Classifications.

• Basic Biopharmaceutics
• Factors affecting Drug Activity
• Appendix A in textbook:
Hematological Agents, Hormones & Modifiers,
Immunobiologic Agents, Musculoskeletal Agents, Neurological
Agents, Ophthalmic Agents, Psychotropic Agents, Respiratory
• Stems and Classes of Drugs
• Classification Schemes
• Look-Alike/Sound Alike drugs

(4) Learn brand and generic names, purpose and contraindications for
approximately 100 additional drugs.
• Appendix A in textbook

(5) Explain proper procedure/protocol in ordering, storing, dispensing

and disposing of medications.
• Inventory Management

• Financial Issues

(6) Demonstrate ability to set up IV medications.

• Parenterals
• Aseptic Techniques
• Administration Devices
• Units of Measurement
(7) Perform more complex dosage formulas.
• Ratio & Proportion
• Percents & Solutions
• Children’s Doses
• Business Math

(8) Demonstrate proper mixing and handling of drugs.

• Compounding
• Compounding Regulations
• Beyond-Use-Date
• Equipment
• Principles for compounding

(9) Demonstrate and explain outstanding customer service.

Week One 12/2/2009
Math Textbook-Percents and Dilutions and Children Dosages,
Drug Classifications
Quiz One on Drugs (101-120)

Week Two 12/9/2009

Math Textbook-Percents and Dilutions & Children Dosages;
Flow Rates
Chapter Nine-Compounding
Quiz Two on Percents and Dilutions and Children Dosages-
Quiz Three on Drugs (121-140)

Week Three 12/23/2009

Math Textbook-Alligations
Chapter Seven-Routes and Formulations
Chapter Thirteen-Inventory Management
Quiz Four on Drugs (141-160)
Midterm Examination

Week Four 01/6/2010

Chapter Eight-Parenterals
Chapter Ten-Biopharmaceutics
Quiz Five on Drugs (161-180)
Quiz Six on Parenterals, Biopharmaceutics

Week Five 01/20/2010

Chapter Eleven-Factors Affecting Drug Activity
Chapter Fourteen—Financial Issues
Quiz Seven on Drugs (181-200)
Quiz Eight on Financial Issues and Factors Affecting Drug

Week Six 01/27/2010

Chapter Twelve-Information
Math Textbook-Powder Volume
Quiz Nine on Powder Volume

Week Seven 02/03/2010

Course Evaluations
Final Exam