PHRM1100 Chemistry for Pharmacy Technicians

This course covers topics that range from general chemistry, organic chemistry to medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry. Students will learn the basics of chemistry and how that knowledge is applied to the development of new drug entities. The history and folklore of drug products will be explored and how that can be applied to the discovery of new drugs. Students will learn about new developments in chemistry that permit researchers to develop compounds that are more closely related to those that occur in nature. Drug interactions will be explored and how and why they may be expected to happen. In the laboratory students will demonstrate hands-on experience of some of the principles of chemistry.




Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921 and Qualifying score on math assessment test OR MATH1050 or MATH1060

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 knowledge of chemistry to the practice of being a pharmacy technician
Describe how chemistry applies to the development of drug entities
Demonstrate your knowledge of chemistry to predict drug activity
Group drugs according to similarities in structure
Demonstrate in a laboratory setting your knowledge of chemical principles and properties
Explain the processes that occur when chemical entities react with other chemicals and biochemical processes
Discuss the pathways to drug discovery
Study the folklore and history of herbal medicinal compounds
Describe the fate of drugs in the body
Predict drug activity in the body based on your knowledge of chemical structures
Assess how drug interactions occur
Analyze how drug molecules may be modified to alter their effect on the body
Categorize drug molecules based on physiochemical and functional group properties
Compare empiric drug design with modern computational drug design

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