PHRM1040 Principles of Pharmacy Practice I

Students will learn the organization and functions of retail and hospital pharmacy. The student will be introduced to the use of computers and their practical applications. This course will define the role and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician. Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements will be covered.





Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Apply principles of pharmaceutical care and modern pharmacy practice
Process prescription orders accurately
Apply principles of obtaining information from patients needed to fill a prescription
Display an understanding of how prescription orders are received
Apply legal requirements related to interactions between patients, prescribers and other pharmacies
Describe the roles of various pharmacy personnel
Describe responsibilities as relevant to a prescription order
Differentiate workflow processes as they apply to various pharmacy systems
Compare inpatient and outpatient pharmacy processes
Explain the life of a prescription
Describe written patient information
Assess measuring devices for various medications and dosage forms
Explain state and federal requirements as they apply to the pharmacy
Adapt communication techniques for patients with special needs
Identify common medication errors
Explain pharmacy ordering and inventory systems

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details