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Pharmacy Technician (BP/EP) Associate in Applied Science Degree

Overview and Award Outcomes

Overview

The ASHP accredited pharmacy technology program prepares graduates for entry level careers working under the direction of registered pharmacists in retail, clinic, and hospital settings. Pharmacy technicians play an integral role in assisting pharmacists with prescription processing. The pharmacy technician complies with standard written procedures and guidelines under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians assist the pharmacist with medication preparation and administrative duties and provide front-line customer service in the pharmacy setting. Graduates are prepared for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam, which is necessary for certification.

Award Outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of all policies and procedures that govern pharmacy technicians.

Perform duties as a pharmacy technician in the retail, industry and hospital environments.

Demonstrate the ability to prepare and interpret pharmacy orders accurately.

Exhibit work ethic characteristics of professionalism, responsibility and dependability.

Apply knowledge of basic sciences to the practice of pharmacy technology.

Demonstrate ability to communicate with patients, health care providers and colleagues.

Career Opportunities

Pharmacy technicians are employed in a variety of health care settings which include retail, hospital, and mail-order pharmacies, In addition, there are employment opportunities in in insurance companies.

Program Requirements

Technical Studies Required 34 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
PHRM1000Medical and Pharmacy Terminology

2

PHRM1010Pharmacy Law and Ethics

2

PHRM1020Pharmaceutical Calculations

2

PHRM1055Pharmacology and Epidemiology of Disease Processes

5

PHRM1040Principles of Pharmacy Practice I

4

PHRM1060Principles of Pharmacy Practice II

5

PHRM1080Pharmacy Technician Externship I

3

PHRM1090Pharmacy Technician Externship II

3

PHRM1100Chemistry for Pharmacy Technicians

4

 

BIOL2045Human Biology

4

or

HLTH1010Anatomy and Physiology

4

General Education Required 9 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
COMM2050Interpersonal Communication

3

Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 2

3

Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 5

3

General Education Elective 16 Credits

Choose credits from Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses.

Technical Studies Elective 0 Credits

Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 59

Semester Sequence

Offered at Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie

Pre-Pharmacy Technician Course Prerequisites

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
Score of 78+ on ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Test

or

ENGL0921Applied Reading Techniques

3

or

ESOL0841Grammar/Writing IV

5

and

ESOL0842Reading IV

4

and

ESOL0843College Communication Skills IV

3

Score of 86+ on ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Test

or

ENGL1021Essay Fundamentals

3

Score of 41+ on ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Test

or

MATH1050Math Pathways Plus for College and Careers

4

or

MATH1060Math Pathways for College and Careers

3

Total Credits  0

Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  Graduates are eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTEC).  Upon passing this exam, students earn the credential: CPhT (Certified Pharmacy Technician).

First Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
PHRM1000Medical and Pharmacy Terminology

2

PHRM1010Pharmacy Law and Ethics

2

PHRM1020Pharmaceutical Calculations

2

PHRM1040Principles of Pharmacy Practice I

4

PHRM1100Chemistry for Pharmacy Technicians

4

BIOL2045Human Biology

4

or

HLTH1010Anatomy and Physiology

4

Total Credits  18

Second Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
PHRM1055Pharmacology and Epidemiology of Disease Processes

5

PHRM1060Principles of Pharmacy Practice II

5

PHRM1080Pharmacy Technician Externship I

3

PHRM1090Pharmacy Technician Externship II

3

COMM2050Interpersonal Communication

3

Total Credits  19

Third Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
Choose 3 credits from MnTC Goal Area 5

3

General Education Electives 9

9

Total Credits  12

Fourth Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
Choose 3 credits from MnTC Goal Area 2

3

General Education Electives

8

Total Credits  11

General Education Electives

Hennepin Technical College's 2000-level general education courses meet the guideline of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits

Choose a Total of:  17 Credits

MnTC Goal Area 2

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
BIOL2001Biology in Society

4

BIOL2003Nutrition and Health

3

BIOL2005General Biology I

4

BIOL2045Human Biology

4

BIOL2125Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL2225Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIOL2235Microbiology

4

COMM2060Small Group Communication

3

ECON2100Consumer Economics

3

INFS2000Research Skills in the Information Age

3

MATH2050Applications of Quantitative Reasoning

3

MATH2250Precalculus with Trigonometry

5

MATH2300Calculus I

5

PHIL2100Critical Thinking

3

PHYS2001Introductory Physics

3

SOCI2100Introduction to Sociology

3

Choose a Total of:  3 Credits

MnTC Goal Area 5

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ECON2100Consumer Economics

3

ECON2200Principles of Microeconomics

3

ECON2300Principles of Macroeconomics

3

PSYC2300General Psychology

3

PSYC2310Psychology Throughout the Lifespan

3

PSYC2320Psychology of Living in the 21st Century

3

PSYC2330Abnormal Psychology

3

SOCI2000Marriage and Family

3

SOCI2100Introduction to Sociology

3

SOCI2130Food, Culture and Society

3

SOCI2200Racial and Ethnic Relations

3

Choose a Total of:  3 Credits

Criminal Background Studies

Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with children, patients, and residents at a health or child care facility licensed by the State of Minnesota must have a background study conducted by the state.  Individuals with specified felony convictions are prohibited from having direct contact with children, patients, and residents of licensed facilities.  Anyone refusing to cooperate in the criminal background study cannot participate in coursework that requires direct contact with children, patients or residents.  Students who are disqualified from having direct patient/resident/child contact will not be able to participate in coursework which includes a practical experience.  Therefore, completion of coursework for the program major will not be possible without documentation of a cleared background study.

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits

Graduation (60 Credits)

Semester listings reflect the recommended sequence.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, the information herein is subject to change without notice.

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