SRJC Course Outlines

10/14/2019 8:32:26 AMPHARM 157 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

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Discipline and Nbr:  PHARM 157Title:  HOSPITAL PHARM PRACTICE  
Full Title:  Hospital Pharmacy Practice for the Pharmacy Technician
Last Reviewed:12/10/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum.50Lecture Scheduled.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled8.75
Minimum.50Lab Scheduled1.006 min.Lab Scheduled17.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total1.50 Contact Total26.25
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  17.50Total Student Learning Hours: 43.75 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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This course is designed to prepare the Pharmacy Technician for employment in an inpatient hospital setting including employment as a fill technician and/or IV compounding technician.

Course Completion of PHARM 102, PHARM 152 and PHARM 154A

Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course is designed to prepare the Pharmacy Technician for employment in an inpatient hospital setting including employment as a fill technician and/or IV compounding technician.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of PHARM 102, PHARM 152 and PHARM 154A
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Differentiate between medications and medication dosage forms.   
2.  Demonstrate the ability to compound medications accurately and safely.
3.  Compare and contrast the unique medication delivery systems found in hospitals and inpatient

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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Recognize the differences between retail pharmacy and hospital pharmacy and the skills
    required for working in a hospital inpatient setting.
2. Acquire the ability to communicate effectively with professional and ancillary staff in the
    hospital setting.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to the Hospital Environment
    A. Professional staffing and personnel policies
    B. Formularies
    C. Standard operation procedures
         1. Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
         2. Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee
         3. retail pharmacy vs hospital pharmacy
    D. Purchasing, Central supply
    E. Reading medication orders and terminology used on hospital orders
II. Hospital Medication Delivery Systems and Vocabulary
    A. Physician's order
    B. Medication administration record, fill lists, unit dose, automated drug delivery systems.
    C. Floor stock
         1. medication carts
         2. crash carts
    D. Urgent (Stat) orders vs. standing orders
    E. Inventory control
    F. Transfer medications
    G. Recapture of unused medications
    H. Billing
III. Needles and Syringes*
    A. Small and large volume parenterals
    B. Vials, ampules
    C. Intravenous (IV) administration sets
         1. filter needles
         2. flow rates
         3. aseptic technique of IV medication
         4. sterile preparation of IV medication
    D. Gowning and gloving
    E. High Efficiency Particulate Air filters
    F. Biological safety cabinet: working in the Laminar and Vertical flow hoods
IV. IV Solution/Medication Compatibility*
    A. Choosing the correct tools to prepare IV solutions
    B. Labeling IV preparations
         1. inpatient use
         2. outpatient use
    C. Calculating
         1. flow rates
         2. powder volume
         3. expiration dates
V. Preparing Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)*
    A. Gravity method vs. auto-mix compounding
    B. Preparing TPN admixture report
    C. Creating a medication pool
VI. Single Dose and Multi-Dose Vials*
    A. Preparation and storage
    B. Working with ampules
    C. Reconstituting powders
VII. Chemotherapy Agents*
    A. Safety issues
    B. Use of chemo spill kit
    C. Safety equipment
    D. Correct selection of equipment
    E. Labeling and packaging of chemotherapy preparations
    F. Disposal of biohazard materials
*These topics are also included in the lab
Laboratory Exercises:
I.   Preparing Unit Doses
II.  Restocking Medications and Crash Carts

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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Reading assignments in the textbook, 10-20 pages per week
2. Homework: create labels for practice medications to be used in the lab portion of the class
3. Quizzes (4 - 10), midterm, final exam
4. Class discussion
Lab-Related Assignments:
1. Laboratory skill demonstrations (3-6): Techniques and manipulation skills for hospital devices
    and medications; preparation of work area
2. Laboratory problem solving (3-6): Dosage calculations; correct preparation of medications

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
45 - 50%
Lab problem solving
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 10%
Laboratory skill demonstrations; labels
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
45 - 50%
Quizzes, midterm, final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 5%
Class small group discussions

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique: Concepts, Training, and Assessment for Pharmacy Technicians. McCartney, Lisa. Paradigm Publishing. 2012 (classic)

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