Pharmacy Technician Diploma

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Pharmacy Technician Diploma Course List

Major and Core Courses

  • Computer Applications and Business Systems
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Pharmacology for the Allied Health Professional
  • Introduction to Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Technician Overview
  • Pharmacy Math and Dosages
  • Pharmacy Software/Automation/Insurance Billing
  • Pharmacy Technician Practicum 1- Outpatient/Retail
  • Unit Dose and Medication Preparation
  • Customer Service
  • Professional Communication
  • Career Development
  • Pharmacy Technician Practicum II - Unit Dosage/IV
  • Pharmacy Technician Capstone
  • Keyboarding I

This course teaches students basic to advanced computer concepts and skills, including creating and modifying Word documents, designing databases, spreadsheet creation and analysis, using the Internet and E-Commerce tools, and creating presentations with enhanced features and web tools.


Course ID: D132
Credits: 3

This is a basic medical vocabulary-building course. An emphasis will be placed on the most common medical terms based on prefixes and suffixes, Latin and Greek origins, and anatomic roots denoting body structures. All body systems will be covered with a focus on word parts, terms built from word parts, abbreviations, and basic disease and surgical terms. Students will be expected to focus on spelling and pronunciation.

Course ID: M120
Credits: 4

A study of the United States legal system and court process with emphasis on legal and ethical issues within the healthcare environment. Fraud and abuse, patient privacy and confidentiality, and professional practice law and ethics will be covered. The course will include a project that is specific to the student's program of study.


Course ID: M230
Credits: 4

This course is designed for a variety of allied health programs requiring an understanding of pharmacology. It attempts to present a basic rationale for understanding current drug therapy. This course presents drugs according to their therapeutic applications. Pertinent physiology and related diseases are reviewed before the pharmacology of the drug is discussed. The approach by body system in this course serves to provide the necessary background information and to refresh the student's memory of previously learned material through which the therapeutic action of the drugs can be clearly understood.

Course ID: MA135
Credits: 4

An introduction to the technician's role in pharmacy practice. The student will gain a basic knowledge of chemistry and become knowledgeable in correct use of CPR. Emphasis will be on patient profiles, receiving and interpreting drug orders, routes of administration, dosage forms, and brand versus generic drugs. The importance of accuracy will be addressed along with methods of avoiding medication errors.


Course ID: PT105
Credits: 4

This course is an overview of all pharmacy technician certificate program courses and concepts, with an emphasis on the reviewing and preparation of materials which comprise the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board examination.

Prerequisite:Pharmacy Technician student in last or second-to-last quarter.

Course ID: PT111
Credits: 4

This course will provide the student with the necessary math skills to effectively work within a pharmacy setting. In addition to ratios and proportions, dosage calculations, and conversions, the student will develop knowledge and skills to perform business math functions related to retail pharmacy practice.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Pharmacy

Course ID: PT120
Credits: 4

Hands-on experience using pharmacy software will be gained via entering patient profiles and prescriptions. The student will learn how to process prescriptions, understand common insurance rejection codes, and gain knowledge of how to solve rejections. Automated ordering, receiving, and maintenance of inventory will be addressed. Students will gain understanding of the various payment methods received by retail pharmacies. The student will explore various automation machines used within pharmacy settings.

Course ID: PT125
Credits: 3

This course offers supervised practical experience in outpatient settings with a minimum of 90 hours of externship experience in the unit-dose area of a pharmacy. The practicum will be under the direction of practicing pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. This practicum will allow the student to gain experience as a pharmacy technician in an actual pharmacy setting and is essential to training.

Prerequisite:Pharmacology for the Allied Health Professional, Pharmacy Software/Automation/Insurance Billing

Course ID: PT235
Credits: 3

In this course, the student will apply knowledge of medication charts and pharmacy math to correctly dispense and chart delivery of patient medications. Emphasis is on correctly filling orders with correct drug, dosage, and frequency. The course will stress aseptic techniques and the maintenance of sterile conditions. The student will learn to read an IV label, select appropriate additives and base solutions, and properly prepare the prescribed IV compound.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Pharmacy; Pharmacy Math and Dosages

Course ID: PT240
Credits: 3

This course covers the basic concepts of essential communication skills needed in business to interact/work effectively with individuals and/or groups. Special areas of emphasis include solving problems, developing a customer service strategy, coping with challenging customers, increasing customer retention and surveying customer satisfaction.

Prerequisite:Theoretical Approaches to Service Delivery

Course ID: B119
Credits: 4

This course teaches communication theory and skills for developing professional documents and oral presentations for audiences in diverse communities and disciplines. To equip students to communicate effectively, this course emphasizes thinking and writing within global contexts, in collaborative situations, and in various electronic environments.

Course ID: B271
Credits: 4

This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete job-seeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an in-depth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.


Course ID: E242
Credits: 2

This course offers supervised practical experience in pharmacy settings with a minimum of 90 hours of internship experience in the particular area of pharmacy designated by the practicum. The internships will be under the direction of practicing pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The practicum course allows the student to gain experience as a pharmacy technician in actual pharmacy settings and is essential to training.

Prerequisite:Unit Dose/IV Lab

Course ID: PT236
Credits: 3

This course is an overview of all pharmacy technician program courses and concepts, with an emphasis on the reviewing and preparation of materials which comprise the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board examination.

Prerequisite:Pharmacy Technician student in last or second-to-last quarter

Course ID: PT285
Credits: 3

This course introduces students to the keyboard and basic formatting for business documents. An objective of 25 wpm on five-minute timed writings with five or fewer errors is the course goal.

Course ID: S115
Credits: 3

General Education Courses

Math/Natural Sciences (Select 1 course in addition to G150) (Required Courses)

  • Structure and Function of the Human Body

This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.


Course ID: G150
Credits: 4

English Composition (Required Course)

  • English Composition

This course is designed to guide students in understanding the writing process and developing their ability to write and express ideas in an organized, unified, and coherent manner. Students will produce college-level writing that reflects awareness of rhetorical strategies, writing purpose, student voice, and appropriate grammar, punctuation, and usage skills. Through reading, writing, discussion, research, and collaboration, students will practice effective writing and apply course concepts.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G124
Credits: 4

Total Diploma Degree Credits:

General Education Credits: 12

Major and Core Credits: 55

Total Diploma Degree Credits: 67

* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam, documentation proving completion of equivalent courses at another school, or by successful completion of Foundation Courses at Rasmussen College.

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