Pharmacy Technician Training Program in San Antonio

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The Pharmacy Technician Program is a comprehensive Course designed to teach the Student the skills and abilities essential to function in a professional Pharmacy environment.

Graduates of this program will be able to perform daily tasks including but not limited to basic pharmacology duties, the administration of medications knowing the use of abuse, correct dosage, methods of administration, and symptoms of over dosage, and abnormal reactions that may arise in the treatment of various conditions.  Utilizing this knowledge will obviously provide an indispensable aid in giving the best possible patient care.  Also the graduate will be able to employ correct pharmacy etiquette along with any other activities and follow proper administrative skills as it relates to the daily function of any professional pharmacy office.

Graduates will be able to recognize and apply entry-level clerical administrative skills to operate within any Pharmacy.  This program is designed to prepare the Pharmacy Technician Graduate with the qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities necessary in order to successfully complete and secure gainful employment within a variety of Pharmacology environments.

  • To obtain gainful employment in this field of study. This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as a Pharmacy Technician in a retail or intuitional pharmacy. The course focuses on providing knowledge and understanding of: Pharmacology, Pharmacy Calculations, and I.V. Admixture.
  • PT 101

    General Pharmacy Introduction

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    49.5

    00

    00

    49.5

    Orientation will be given for two hours during this Introduction to Pharmacology.  The student will be introduced to the History of pharmacy and will be able to describe the history of modern medicine.  The student will trace the evolution of pharmacies and development or the roles of the pharmacist and pharmacy technician. The student will be able to explore and define FDA, DEA & HIPPA regulations & procedures. Students will be introduced to the qualifications, skills, and nonjudgmental duties required of pharmacy technicians in various job settings. And will have the opportunity to explore industry trends and e-pharmacy. Then the student will demonstrate how a technician can combine their knowledge with other skills and move into other positions. The Pharmacy Technician will apply him or herself diligently in acquiring all possible knowledge of medicines, their use or abuse, correct dosage, methods of administration, symptoms of over dosage, and abnormal reactions that may arise in the treatment of various conditions.
    Prerequisite: None

    PT 102

    Data Entry & General Office Skills

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    27.5

    23

    00

    50.5

    The student will learn and demonstrate the principles of typing/data entry. Participants will be introduced to the computer and its functions in business and industry.
    Prerequisite: None

    PT 103

    Anatomy & Physiology

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    33

    00

    00

    33

    The student will be introduced to the Endocrine, Nervous, Respiratory, Visual, Auditory, Gastrointestinal, Urinary, Cardiovascular & Reproductive systems. The student will describe common system diseases, the drugs and surgical procedures to treat them and list the side effects that these drugs may cause. As well as write the trade and generic names of the drugs used. List both the classifications and indications of each drug and its primary side effect.
    Prerequisite: None

    PT 104

    Pharmacy Math

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    49.5

    00

    00

    49.5

    The student will be able to perform conversions using the four most commonly used systems of measurement. The student will demonstrate several methods for calculating dosages of medicines and dilute and combine medicines to achieve the desired dosage for both adult and pediatric dosing. And will be able to convert Arabic numbers into Roman numerals and vice versa and use international time. The student will also describe routes of drug administration and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Be able to write in standard abbreviations of dosage forms and routes and its importance. Also demonstrate proper storage and packaging of drugs in accordance to manufacturer’s instructions.
    Prerequisite: None

    PT 105

    Drug Classification

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    66

    00

    00

    66

    The student will be able to describe antibiotics from several angles from discovery to new generation of antibiotics. As well as list several types of communicable diseases, common pathogens, their transmission and used anti-infective agents along with the classifications, side effects and drug action. The student will describe the causes of asthma and allergies and how these are treated and list the side effects and drugs most commonly prescribed for inflammation, asthma, and allergies. Will be able to list the most commonly used minerals and vitamins by name, symbol and functions as well as name the essential trace elements with their importance. Be able to describe the difference between fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins and daily allowance with the adverse reactions of overusing and conditions that may cause deficiency. The student will also be able to describe the importance of vaccines and their production and the most common used. Students will be able to schedule administration of vaccines, boosters and circumstantial needs for certain vaccines. Finally, the student will list common cancer types and causes and how it is diagnosed and spread. Be able to describe treatments as they relate to pharmacology and the side effects of chemotherapy.
    Prerequisite: None

    PT 106

    Pharmacology

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    66

    00

    00

    66

    The student will be introduced to and be able to describe drugs according to their therapeutic applications pertinent physiology and related diseases as related to common body systems. As well as list each drug classification, mechanism of action, main therapeutic effects, clinical indications, adverse reactions and drug interactions. And describe absorption, metabolism, excretion, and special considerations. Students will be able to list the different dosages and calculations according to age, such as pediatrics, geriatrics and pregnancies.
    Prerequisite: None

    PT 107

    Community Pharmacy

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    22

    10

    00

    32

    The student will demonstrate practical application of drug preparation and pharmacy delivery distribution and laboratory practice relating to community pharmacy operations. Job-related skills in pharmacy data entry, outpatient dispensing and unit dose cart filling will also be performed.
    Prerequisite: None

    PT 108

    Institutional Pharmacy

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    27.5

    44

    00

    71.5

    The student will perform functions relating to pharmacy manufacturing techniques and medication packaging and procedures using pharmacy-manufacturing methods of compounding medications. Student will demonstrate pharmacy manufacturing, purchasing, inventory control, drug packaging and labeling. The student will demonstrate practical application of drug preparation and pharmacy delivery distribution and laboratory practice relating to institutional pharmacy operations. As well as filling physician’s orders.
    Prerequisite: None

    PT 109

    Intravenous Admixture

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    88

    44

    00

    132

    The student will be able to describe and utilize the different types and sizes of syringes, needles, and containers used in the preparation of Parenteral medications. Be able to demonstrate aseptic techniques as it applies to working with these items in both vertical & horizontal hoods and the care of the flow hoods.
    Prerequisite: None

    PT 110

    Clinical Externship

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    00

    00

    200

    200

    At the end of their program the student will be assigned to their practical site in order to experience the daily operations of a professional Pharmacy environment. Students demonstrate and productively utilize all competencies (resources, information, systems, technologies, and interpersonal skills). And apply basic skills, thinking skills and personal qualities for a solid job performance in a retail or hospital pharmacy setting.
    Prerequisite: PT 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, Register and approved with the Texas Pharmacy Board as a Pharmacy Technician Trainee
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    Angelica Vargas
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