Clinical Pharmacy Technology Associate in Science

With an ever-growing market, the demand for pharmacy-related positions is expanding at a rapid rate. Mix up your desire to help people and become a health care provider who can dispense guidance, advice and comfort as a pharmacy technician.

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Why Seminole State?

  • Industry-driven curriculum: The program curriculum is approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy and prepares students to meet current regulatory requirements and job market demands.
  • Dedicated faculty: Faculty are industry-focused with real-world and classroom expertise.  
  • Affordable tuition: Earn a state university education at about half the cost.
  • Hands-on experience: Hands-on pharmacy technology courses start in the first semester and expose students to the latest pharmacy technology and equipment. 
  • Career advancement: Graduates are eligible to apply for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Examination
    (CPhT) and Pharmacy Technician licensure.

Clinical Pharmacy Technology Associate in Science
Type: AS
Major Code : PHARMGT-AS
CIP: 1351080502
Educational Plan: PHARMGT-AS

Program Description

Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Clinical Pharmacy Technology expands on the curriculum of the Pharmacy Technician Applied Technology Diploma (ATD) to prepare students for careers as pharmacy technician specialists. Students can enroll directly into the A.S. degree program or transition from the diploma program.

Graduates are eligible to apply for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Examination (CPhT) and are prepared for employment in hospitals, long-term care facilities, pharmacies, drug manufacturers, wholesale drug houses and health maintenance organizations.

Profession

As the nation’s population ages, the medical community will increasingly rely on pharmaceutical professionals to support the demand for long-term healthcare. Under the general supervision of a licensed pharmacist, pharmacy specialists apply precise, technical skills to maintain supplies and records and assist with medication preparation, storage, distribution and disposal.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program have numerous employment options in healthcare facilities, government agencies and managed care organizations.

For career information related to this program, please visit O*Net OnLine.

Job Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow by 21 percent (faster than average) through 2020 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

College Credit Certificates

Students may complete the following college credit Applied Technology Diploma (A.T.D.) as part of the Pharmacy Management A.S. degree:

  • Pharmacy Technician

Certifications

Graduates of this program are qualified to earn the Pharmacy Technician (PTCBD001) industry certification.

Program Admission

All students enrolled in a Healthcare Professional program with a clinical or practicum component will be required to complete a full background check with drug/alcohol screen. Students are encouraged to review the clinical facility requirements prior to beginning their course work.

Please visit the Clinical Pharmacy Technology web page for additional information.

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Available Courses
Required Courses
55
Students must complete all Required PTN Prefix Courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is designed to provide the student with an overall understanding and orientation to the field of pharmacy technology. Included in the course is an overview and historical development of pharmacy and the healthcare delivery system. It will introduce the student to the organizational structure and function of the pharmacy in various areas such as retail, hospital, nursing home and home health care. Included in this course is the use of pharmaceutical medical terminology and abbreviations used on prescriptions, computer applications in processing pharmacy prescription data, discussion of medical legal concepts as they relate to the practice of the pharmacy technician and demonstration of telephone communication skills and routine inquiries. Students will examine the preparation and utilization of patient profiles and prepare and deliver medications. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course will include a study of the introduction to pharmacology, biological factors affecting the action of drugs and the various medications prescribed for treatment of selected illnesses and diseases. Emphasis will be on sources, classifications, strengths, indications, dosages, side effects and precautions of medications. The course is designed to include a study of vitamins, minerals, anti-infective drugs, alternative medicines, nervous system and pain and inflammatory agents. Emphasis will be placed on medication effects on the nervous system, skeletal muscle relaxants, local anesthetics, antiepileptics, antiparkinson, narcotics analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs. This course will discuss special considerations for therapeutic agents administered throughout the lifespan. This course will introduce the top 200 prescription drugs. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course will be a comprehensive overview of current medications dispensed by classes, their effects on different body systems, indications, side effects, dosages and contraindications. The course will include a study of cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, urinary, endocrine and respiratory systems. Emphasis will be placed on antianginal, hypolididemic, anticoagulants, antihypertensive, antacids, diuretics, hypoglycemics, antihistaminics, bronchodilators, antipsychotics drugs and blood modifiers. This course will continue the topic on the top 200 prescription drugs, including classifications and indications. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is designed to expand the advanced practice student's knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics which includes the cellular response level and management of individuals in the acute care and primary care setting. Broad categories of pharmacological agents are examined such as radiopharmaceuticals. Skills to assess, diagnose and manage a client's common health problems in a safe, high quality, cost-effective manner are emphasized. This course will require pharmacologic principles and concepts of intravenous (IV) therapy. It will also allow students to perform management activities in a pharmacy setting and have knowledge of the practice setting's mission, goals and objectives, organizational structures and policies and procedures. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is equipped to introduce the student with an overall understanding of the administrative aspects and applications involved in working in a pharmacy. Subjects covered in this course include interpretation and evaluation of prescription orders, pharmaceutical dosage forms and materials management of pharmaceuticals. This course will introduce the student to the pharmacy formulary system, computer applications in drug use control, receiving and processing medication orders and medication errors. It will allow the student to prepare and utilize patient profiles, handle medications and store and deliver drug products. It will also provide a strong focus on records management, inventory control and compensation and methods of payment for pharmacy services. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
In this course various aspects and hands-on applications are demonstrated and practiced, including the practice of proper compounding and dispensing techniques, counting oral medication, the prescription filling process in a mail order pharmacy, labeling with required information and use of individual unit doses in appropriate containers and repackaging in predetermined quantities. This course will also allow students to identify selected home medical equipment and prepare electronic purchase orders and maintain stock inventory. This course will introduce a pharmacy software program used in the data entry labs. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
In this course students will be introduced to pharmaceutical calculations. Subjects covered include systems of measurements and conversions between each, actual pharmaceutical calculations of drug dosages, demonstrate ability to use common pharmaceutical volume measurement equipment, measurement of time, temperature, capacity and mass/weight and calculation of ratios, proportion and percentage. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the professional aspects of working in pharmacy technology. Subjects covered include pharmaceutical medical terminology and medical abbreviations as related to community pharmacy practice. It will provide the student with the necessary skills needed to perform operational duties to demonstrate the applications in processing pharmacy prescription data and maintain pharmacy records. It will also provide the student with the necessary skills to recognize and practice infection control, safety and security procedures and to identify methods in medical error reduction and prevention in the pharmacy practice. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course provides the pharmacy technician student the opportunity to apply pharmaceutical knowledge and techniques learned in the classroom setting in a safe and competent manner under the direction of a pharmacist (160 hours). Students will be expected to gain experiences in assisting the pharmacist in serving patients, maintaining medication, inventory control and participating in the administration and management of pharmacy practice at a community (retail) pharmacy setting. Students will gain exposure to on-the-job experience and training in the pharmacy setting and practical application of pharmacy skills and gaining experience in all aspects of drug preparation and distribution utilized by participating sites. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is designed to provide students with practical, hands-on experience in the pharmacy lab. Designed for students to practice and acquire various skills learned in the pharmacy technician program under the direct supervision of the pharmacy instructor. Student skills will be checked off as they are mastered including, but not limited to, receiving, interpreting and filling of prescriptions/medication orders for the inpatient and outpatient practice setting, pharmaceutical calculations review and IV Admixture of large volume, IV Piggyback and syringe doses using the laminar flow hood, inventory control systems and patient information/profile systems. Skill competencies assigned by the instructor must be completed to pass the course. This course also provides the student with federal and state law regulation for pharmacy practice in multiple settings. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course will include a study of intravenous delivery of therapy in the home setting as well as other therapies to include arterial, epidural and intrathecal. It will focus on patients and their clinical needs, physician treatment plans and collaboration with other healthcare providers. The foundation of infusion therapy will be discussed including anatomy, physiology, systems for administering parenteral production, reconstituting parenteral medications and infection control, inpatient practice setting, pharmaceutical calculations review and IV Admixture of large volume, IV Piggyback and syringe doses using the laminar hood. Treatment modalities will include parenteral fluids and pharmacologic agents. Legal and ethical aspects of infusion practice will also be reviewed. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This 160-hour course provides the pharmacy technician student the opportunity to apply pharmaceutical knowledge and techniques learned in the classroom setting in a safe, competent manner under the direction of the pharmacist. Students will be expected to gain experiences in either a hospital pharmacy or specialty pharmacy setting. Students will gain exposure to on-the-job experience and training in the pharmacy setting and practical application of pharmacy skills and gaining experiences in all aspects of drug preparation and distribution utilized by participating sites. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course discusses intravenous therapy, including types of intravenous (IV) devices and various types of IV therapy, venipuncture techniques, complications of intravenous therapy and mechanism of actions, clinical indications, pharmacokinetics, contraindications and side effects of selected intravenous medications. Treatment modalities will include advanced nutritional preparations and preparation of chemotherapeutic agents using proper safety techniques. This course will also look at the pharmacologic principles and concepts of intravenous (IV) therapy. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This is an introductory course to the language of medicine utilized by healthcare professionals. Basic word structure and formation, medical terms, abbreviations, definitions and spelling are included. Major disease processes and pathological conditions of specific body systems will be discussed.
This course is a presentation of the essential anatomy and physiology of the human body. All body organ systems are discussed in a format of lecture, diagrams and audio-visual material. The course will introduce some aspects of chemistry and microbiology as it relates to healthcare, although emphasis is not placed in these areas. A knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body as a basis for later study of disease processes is an essential part of the curriculum for students in the health profession.
Note: BSC 1020, BSC 1084 or BSC 2093C and BSC 2094C may substitute for HIM 1453
This introductory course provides an overview of the health professions and the healthcare delivery system. Other topics include disease prevention and wellness promotion, guidelines for legal, ethical and moral practice and communication skills. Students will be introduced to the use of computers in healthcare, including diagnostic and monitoring capabilities. The emphasis of this course is to establish a firm foundation of professional characteristics, behaviors, values, skills and knowledge for students to build upon in their healthcare careers.
This course provides an introductory study of computer and Internet concepts and online web applications. It teaches important computer and digital technology concepts, skills and issues necessary to succeed in careers and in life. Students completing this course will have a solid understanding of computer hardware, software and network fundamentals in addition to learning effective use of social media, online office web applications, collaboration, email and the Internet to aid them with college studies and workforce readiness. This course utilizes lectures and hands-on computer exercises. No prior experience with computers is assumed. Lab fee required.

or higher level CGS prefix course

Choose 1 HUN prefix course from the following list:
This course provides instruction in the scientific principles of nutrition, including the role of specific nutrients, digestion of each, absorption, metabolism and sources of the nutrients and requirements of the various age groups. Emphasis is on the factors influencing the ability of individuals to maintain good nutritional status.
This course focuses on the scientific principles of normal nutrition, including specific nutrients, digestion, absorption, metabolism and nutritional requirements of different age groups. This course has a special focus on the application of nutrition principles to physical health. Emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary team approach to disease prevention and health restoration.
General Education Courses
15
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.

Mathematics General Education course

3
Credits

Humanities General Education course

3
Credits

Social Science General Education course

3
Credits

Any General Education course

3
Credits
Total Credits:
70
Note:

Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.

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Students with a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met general education requirements for this degree program.

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Specific general education prerequisite courses are still required for this program.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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Tuition and Fee Comparison*

 Seminole StateUFFSUUCF
Tuition and Fees$3,131$6,380$6,480$6,379
Room and Board-0-$10,120$10,666$10,010
Books and Supplies$1,000$1,030$1,000$1,030
Total$4,131$17,530$18,146$17,419.20

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* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 terms, with 15 credit hours per term for in-state students. Dorm fees, meal plans and book expenses are estimates based on information provided on each university's website. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

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