hcp210 | undergraduate

Intro To Pharmacy Practice: The Alchemy Of Health Care

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This course provides students the opportunity to explore the fundamental skills and knowledge associated with pharmacy procedures. Topics include pharmacy ethics, terminology, route and dosage formulations, and operations in community and institutional settings. A review of the 200 most commonly distributed medications includes origins, therapeutic usage, generic names, and naming systems. Students examine basic procedures and equipment requirements for compounding and sterile preparation.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9

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    Pharmacy Practice and How it Began

    • Discuss the pharmacy technician's role in today's pharmacy practice.
    • Define pharmacy practice.
    • Discuss the origin of the modern-day pharmacy.

    Ethics and Medication Labels

    • Compare information found on various drug labels.
    • Defend a decision based on an ethical theory.
    • Discuss the importance of ethics when working in pharmacy practice.

    The Pharmaceutical Language

    • Discuss the purpose of the "Do Not Use" list.
    • Explain the importance of pharmaceutical terminology proficiency.
    • Identify commonly used pharmaceutical terms.

    The Origins of Drugs

    • Identify the five origins of drugs.
    • Describe commonly used types of drugs.

    Dosage and Administration

    • Examine various dosage formulations.
    • Compare advantages and disadvantages of various routes of administration.
    • Summarize the path a drug takes through the human body.


    • Explain the purpose of drug compouding.
    • Summarize dosage forms used when compounding.
    • Describe equipment and supplies needed for compounding drugs.

    Opportunities, Sequences, and Responses

    • Demonstrate appropriate customer service responses to patient issues.
    • Discuss various career opportunities within the pharmacy field.
    • Identify technologies available for filling pharmaceutical orders.
    • Examine the process of verifying and filling a prescription.

    The Institutional Pharmacy

    • Discuss equipment and procedures associated with preparing sterile products.
    • Discuss precautions regarding the preparation of chemotherapy drugs.
    • Analyze pharmacy practice in an institutional setting.

    The Future of Pharmacy Practice

    • Discuss the role of pharmacy professionals in enhancing patient safety.
    • Hypothesize the future of pharmacy practice.
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