Pharmacy Technician Certification Review Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PHRA-1243-001 Pharmacy Technician Certification Review


Corequisite: PHRA 1166

Course Description

A review of major topics covered on the National Pharmacy Technician Certification examination.

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(2 sem hrs; 2 lec)

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Certification Exam Review for Pharmacy Technicians, 5th Edition With Cirrus

Author(s): Sarah Lawrence, Cheryl Aiken


Personal computer and internet access.

Student Performance

(minimum competencies) After studying the material presented in this course of study, the student will be able to do the following as evaluated by the faculty in the department/program.
Upon completion of PHRA 1243, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify drug names, interactions, side effects, and dosages
  2. Perform pharmaceutical calculations
  3. Explain aseptic techniques
  4. Apply Federal law concepts to the tasks and duties of pharmacists and technicians in the practice of pharmacy
  5. Review materials pertaining to assisting the pharmacist in serving the patient
  6. Review materials regarding maintaining medication and inventory management
  7. Review materials concerning participating in the administration and management of pharmacy practice
  8. Take the national certification exam

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Expected Student Behavior

Adult, professional behavior is expected at all times.
Academic dishonesty will result in a final grade of "F" for the course. Any attempt to cheat will be considered as academic dishonesty and will result in a final grade of “F” for the course.

Grading Criteria

The final course grade will be computed as follows:

*The average of  exams = 30%

*Average of Quizzes and assignments = 20%

*Final Exam = 50%

The following grade scale applies:
A = 95-100%
B = 85-94%
C = 75-84%
F = Less than 75%

There will be chapter quizzes, weekly assignments, 5 exams, and a comprehensive final exam. (this is tentative to change)

Students will not be allowed to make-up exams, homework, or quizzes. The student will receive a grade of ZERO for anything missed.
**With regard to exams only, the instructor will consider only written petitions for emergency situations and undue hardships on an individual basis. The decision of the instructor to accept or reject the petition is final. The process must be initiated by the student and occur within 48 hours of the missed class period.



Pharmacy Certification Review Course Outline (Tentative)


Week 1: Follow directions for enrolling into Cirrus

            Introduction: Preparing for a High-Stakes exam

            Quiz 1

Week 2: Chapter 1 - Medications & Associated Cirrus Assignments

            Quiz 2

Week 3: Chapter 2 - Federal Requirements & Associated Cirrus Assignments

           Quiz 3                    
Week 4: Practice exam 1 and 2 via the practice exam generator due

Exam 1 (Intro, Ch 1 &Ch 2)

Week 5: Chapter 3 - Patient Safety and Quality Assurance & Associated Cirrus Assignments

            Quiz 4

Week 6: Chapter 4 - Order Entry and Processing & Associated Cirrus Assignments

            Quiz 5

Week 7: Practice exam 3 and 4 via the practice exam generator due

            Exam 2  (Ch 3 & Ch 4)

Week 8: Chapter 5 - Pharmacy Conversions and Calculations & Associated Cirrus Assignments

            Quiz 6

Week 9: Chapter 6 - Nonsterile Compounding & Associated Cirrus Assignments

            Quiz 7

Week 10: Practice exam 5 and 6 via the practice exam generator due

            Exam 3 (Ch 5 & Ch 6)

Week 11: Chapter 7 - Sterile and Hazardous Compounding & Associated Cirrus Assignments

            Quiz 8

Week 12: Chapter 8 - Pharmacy Inventory Management & Associated Cirrus Assignments

            Quiz 9

Week 13: Practice exam 7 and 8 via the practice exam generator due

            Exam 4 (Ch 7 & Ch 8)

Week 14: Exam Review

            Quiz 10

Week 15: Exam Review

            Quiz 11

Exam 5 (Ch 9 & Ch 10)

Week 16: Comprehensive Final

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Last Edited on:

01/12/22 10:10 AM