Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

Pharmacy Technician

Healthcare Simulation Center

2006 Linn Hall

319-398-1269

www.kirkwood.edu.alliedhealth

Entry time

Fall or Spring

Award

Diploma

2 semesters

The pharmacy technician, under the supervision of a pharmacist, assists in day-to-day pharmacy operations. Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals or retail pharmacies receiving written prescriptions, taking prescription refill requests, preparing intravenous medications, operating computer and automation systems, applying prescription and auxiliary labels to medication bottles, pricing and controlling inventory and preparing insurance claim forms.

Graduates take a national pharmacy technician certification exam. National certification is required within one year of initial employment as a pharmacy technician in Iowa.

Career opportunities: retail, hospital, and medical clinic pharmacies. and home health agencies.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

First Semester

ADM-105

Introduction to Keyboarding

1

BCA-189

Microcomputer Literacy

1

BIO-161

Basic Anatomy and Physiology

3

HSC-107

Professionals in Health

2

HSC-142

Elements of Pharmacology

1

HSC-210

Health Skills I

1

MAT-102

Intermediate Algebra

4

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professionals or

3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication

 

 

 

16

Second Semester

HSC-115

Medical Terminology

4

PHR-170

Pharmacy Technology

7.5

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology

3

 

 

14.5

Total program credit hours

30.5

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