|NVCC 1997-1998 Catalog|
|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 input, preparation of prescription labels, selection of correct drug from pharmacy shelf, 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. Skills necessary to perform pharmacy technician duties include understanding why certain policies, such as those based on state and federal pharmacy and drug laws, must be followed. The curriculum includes learning experiences in class and in the laboratory, as well as in clinical, retail, institutional, and hospital pharmacies.
1. Interview with a faculty member in the Health Technologies Division.
2. Completion of at least one unit or course in high school science with laboratory and at least a "C" average. Applicants who have not completed one unit or course in high school science and laboratory must enroll for a one-semester course in Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy/Physiology, or a comparable course recommended by the applicant's supervisor.
3. Students must also have satisfactory scores on appropriate English proficiency examinations and four units of high school English or the equivalent.
4. Persons with at least one year full-time experience in pharmacy dispensing/assisting may apply to the program head to waive the clinical experience in that applicant's field of employment.
Total credits for the Pharmacy Technician Career Studies Certificate = 29.
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