NVCC 1999-2000 Catalog
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Career Studies Certificate AN  

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Purpose: This curriculum is designed to prepare personnel to perform skilled duties and to assist the pharmacist-in-charge. Some examples of these duties include reading and interpreting written prescriptions and physicians' orders, computer information entry, preparation of prescription labels, and filling prescriptions and affixing labels for checking by the pharmacist. Other duties include ordering pharmaceuticals and supplies, customer assistance, cash register operation, answering telephones, and use of other routine equipment such as computer-assisted medication dispensing machines, computer-assisted intravenous (IV) preparations and electronic tablet/capsule counting machines in the retail, institutional, or hospital pharmacy. An understanding of state and federal pharmacy and drug laws is required. The curriculum includes learning experiences in class and in the laboratory, as well as in clinical, retail, institutional, and hospital pharmacies.

Students must comply with all General Admission Requirements for Annandale Campus Health Technology Programs. (See page 86.)

1st Semester2nd Semester

   HLT141Intro. to Medical Terminology or
   HIT113 Medical Terminology and
   Disease Processes I2-3
HLT190Pharmacy Technician Laboratory and
   Clinical Practice I5
   HLT250General Pharmacology3
   HLT261Basic Pharmacy I3
   MTH126Mathematics for Allied Health2
   HLT262Basic Pharmacy II 3
HLT290Pharmacy Technician Laboratory and 
   Clinical Practice II 5
   PSY125Interpersonal Relationships or 
   PSY126 Psych. for Business/Industry or 
   BUS201 Organizational Behavior 3
   SPD126Interpersonal Communication 3

Total Credits/Semester15-1614

Total credits for the Pharmacy Technician Career Studies Certificate = 29-30.

1 Persons with at least one year full-time experience in pharmacy dispensing/assisting may apply to the program head to waive the clinical experience requirement.

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