About the Course
This course introduces students to the role of the pharmacy technician in a retail, or institutional pharmacy. Students are also introduced to the concept of direct patient care, the hospital drug delivery system, unit dose packaging system, ward stocks, narcotic disposal, and community pharmacy operations. Upon successful completion of the course students should be able to interpret and evaluate hospital orders, understand the technical duties related to dispensing over-the-counter drugs in a retail pharmacy, as well as the introduction of quality assurance and protocol. Students are introduced to the profound influence that medication laws, standards, and regulations have on practice. Students are introduced to federal and state laws governing the practice of pharmacy. Students will be introduced to the skills necessary to identify unethical behaviors, possible solutions, and analyze appropriate solutions using ethical decision-making models, while noting the laws and
regulations that govern the practice.