Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Orientation to Pharmacy Practice

 Title Abbreviation:   ORIENTATION/PHARM PRACT

 Department:    AHE

 Course #:    130

 Credits:    4

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    4

 CIP:    510805

 EPC:    399

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Introduction and orientation to the influence that medication laws, standards and regulations have on pharmacy practice and the concept of quality assurance and its procedures. Focuses on the patient care continuum and the pharmacy technician's role in its delivery with emphasis on the different roles of pharmacists and technicians.


Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in AHE 131 and 118; completion of AHE 102 (or AHE 160 and 161), AHE 112 and OBT 162 or higher with minimum C grade.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe state laws and regulations governing activities performed by the technician as well as workplace laws concerning discrimination, sexual harassment, and workers with disabilities.
  2. Define terms expired, recalled or discontinued as they pertain to drugs.
  3. Explain the concept of quality assurance.
  4. Describe methods of quality care as utilized in pharmacy practice.
  5. Explain the role of the pharmacy technician in detecting/preventing medication errors.
  6. Understand the role of the pharmacy technician in assisting the pharmacist including organizational structure, decision making, leadership styles, and team dynamics.
  7. Understand the role of the pharmacy technician in inpatient and outpatient settings including organizations, culture/climate, diversity and teamwork.
  8. Explore how employee attitude and motivation may be affected by stress and hostility in the workplace.
  9. Understand the contribution of the pharmacy technician to the pharmacy practice including both employer and employee perspectives.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.7 Identify and evaluate connections and relationships among disciplines.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.1 Identify ethical and healthy choices and apply these personally, socially, academically, and professionally.

Course Contents

  1. State laws/regulations defining limits of practice by technicians.
  2. Pharmaceutical care concepts.
  3. Quality assurance systems.
  4. Medication errors/prevention.
  5. Roles of pharmacy technicians in various pharmacy practices.
  6. Workplace laws.
  7. Pharmacy practice team dynamics for effective pharmacy teams.
  8. Employer and employee roles and responsibilities.