Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2017-2018

Pharmacy Technician

Healthcare Simulation Center

2006 Linn Hall

319-398-7660

www.kirkwood.edu/pharmtech

Entry time
Fall or Spring

Award
Diploma
2 terms

Personal Characteristics
Attention to detail and conscientiousness are essential as well as the ability to function as a member of a heath care team in a variety of settings. The pharmacy technician often is required to work quickly and efficiently under the direct supervision of the pharmacist. The position may require standing on one's feet for extended periods of time.

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 are eligible to take a national Pharmacy Technician certification exam. National certification is required for employment as a pharmacy technician in Iowa and many other states.

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

For gainful employment information, including graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other information, visit www.kirkwood.edu/gainfulemployment.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professionals OR

3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication

 

MAT-102

Intermediate Algebra*

4

BIO-161

Basic Anatomy & Physiology

3

HSC-107

Professionals in Health

2

BCA-189

Microcomputer Literacy

1

ADM-105

Introduction to Keyboarding

1

PHR-154

Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technician

2

 

 

16

Term 2

HSC-115

Medical Terminology

4

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology

3

PHR-171

Pharmacy Technician

6.5

PHR-172

Pharmacy Technician Clinical

1

 

 

14.5

Total program credit hours

30.5

*Higher level math course will be accepted.

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