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Course ID: PHT104
Title: Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 1.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 12049

Term: Fall 2014

Start Date: 10/20/2014

Weeks: 4

Last date to withdraw: None

Instructor: David Gordon

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Required Textbook:

Title: Practices of the Pharmacy Technician
Author: Mike Johnston
ISBN: 1269912844/ 9781269912846

This custom book contains content from both Certification Exam Review for the Pharmacy Technician by Mike Johnston, 2nd edition and The Pharmacy Technician Foundation and Practices by Mike Johnston.

Rio Salado College has developed a unique Textbook Savings Program that uses customized textbooks and saves students up to 50% off the publisher’s advertised national price of the non-customized textbook. The discount is reflected in the price of the customized book at the Rio Bookstore and no additional discounts will be taken at the register. This textbook is included in the Textbook Savings Program and has been customized specifically for this course at Rio Salado College by Pearson Custom Publishing so that it contains information most relevant to the course.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Overview of pharmacology for pharmacy technicians. Includes drug conversion factors and dosage calculations as well as disease states and biopharmaceutics.
Official Course Prerequisites
Permission of Department or Division.
Official Course Competencies
  1. Describe various types of drugs.
  2. Explain drug conversion factors.
  3. Differentiate between compounding, sterile compounding, and intravenous admixture.
  4. Calculate various dosage amounts.
  5. Differentiate between institutional pharmacies and home health care.
  6. Identify types of medication errors and how they occur.
  7. Summarize various regulations, including state laws regarding controlled substances and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).
  8. Describe various disease states.
  9. Explain biopharmaceutics.

Course Requirements

  1. Examinations: You must take the final exam online.
  2. You must earn an average of 75% or better to pass the course. Your final grade is based on the total points you earn for the course from quizzes and examinations.
  3. Note: All correspondence with your instructor must contain your name, class, and section number. Work cannot be graded and credit cannot be issued without this information.
  4. Rio Course Announcements: You are required to check the course announcements regularly for important course information. It is located on your Student Portal.

Time Requirements

Remember that this is a one credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least one hour on course content and at least two hours on homework for a total of at least three hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure

There are 460 possible points for this course.

Quizzes 200 points
Projects/Essays 60 points
Final Exam 200 points
Total Points Possible = 460 points

Grading Scale

Letter grades for assignments, examinations, and the course will be determined by the following scale:

414 - 460 points = A (90% - 100%)
368 - 413 points = B (80% - 89%)
343 - 367 points = C (75% - 79%)
0 - 342 points = F (0% - 74%)

Please Note: The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points possible.

The grading scale is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade higher than that earned by your total points. There will be no "point adjustments" made for such things as "class participation" or other subjective factors.

Please note: Extra credit is not available for this course.

Allied Health Department expectations on written assignments

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.
  • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal-Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Last Date to Withdraw” indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.  

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.


One online exam required for this class. The exam has two parts; each part has 50 questions (multiple-choice and true/false), and is worth 100 points. The exam is comprehensive, and covers all material learned in this class.

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,,, EBSCO Image Collection.

Submitting Assignments

All assignments are listed under the "Reading Assignment" box and in the "Assessing Your Learning" section. The lessons can be accessed from the Lessons button on the left side of your Course Homepage.

Online Assessments

Important information: Please follow the procedure below to complete your essays.

  1. Print out the assignment(s) from the links.
  2. For all essay assignments, you are expected to write at a college level. Please see the Allied Health Department expectations on written assignments. It is recommended that you type your essay in a word processing program, then copy/ paste it into the appropriate text box in the online Submit form. This way, you can use spell/grammar check.
  3. Once you have completed and edited your assignment in the word processing program, save it. Then, use Select All and Copy to copy the work. Return to the online assignment via the link to submit the assignment. Paste your work into the Submit box by putting your cursor at the top-right-hand side of the Submit box and holding down the Control and V keys. Be sure to save your work once you have started entering your answer(s). Also, be sure to allot yourself enough time to submit your results within a 24-hour window from the time you first access the link to print out the assignment.

When taking online quizzes (and writing essays), please make sure that you answer all questions prior to clicking the Submit button. Once they are submitted, you will not be able to access them again. When you are finished, you will need to close the browser window to return to your course.

Note to students: Keep a copy of everything you submit.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments that have due dates are due on time according to the due dates in your gradebook. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor via Riolearn at least one week prior to the due date. You can request a due date change by clicking on the Gradebook link. Select the Due Dates tab, choose the date from the calendar button and click on “Send Request” to submit your due date change request to your instructor.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion.

Course Completion Policy

A student who registers for a Distance Learning course is assigned a "start date" and an "end date." It is the student's responsibility to note due dates for assignments and to keep up with the course work.

If a student falls behind, she/he must contact the instructor and request an extension of her/his end date in order to complete the course.

It is the prerogative of the instructor to decide whether or not to grant the request.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Honors Program

If you are taking this course for Honors credit, you must complete all assessments, including the Honors Project(s). The Honors Project(s) are listed in one or more lessons of the course and are designated for “Honors Students.” Failure to complete the Honors Project(s) will result in a failing grade in the course and a loss of Honors credit.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Academic Adjustment Needs & Disability Resources and Services

In accordance with Rio Salado College and Maricopa Community College District policies, all students should have equal access to course materials and technology. Please contact the Disability Resources and Services Office prior to the start date of your course at 480-517-8562 if you have any of the following needs:

  • you are a student requiring an academic adjustment due to a documented disability (as protected by The Americans with Disability Act Amendment Act)

  • you are experiencing difficulty accessing course materials because of a disability

  • you are pregnant or parenting and would like to discuss possible academic adjustments (as protected under Title IX)


1 Maricopa Community College District Administrative Regulation 2.8.1:

2 Rio Salado College Disability Resources and Services website:


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

Student Solution Center

Rio Salado College is dedicated to a quality learning experience and has provided the Student Solution Center webpage as a resource for students to raise issues to our attention. We look forward to the opportunity to provide an equitable solution for all involved parties. For grading or instructional issues, students should first contact their faculty member(s) in accordance with the Instructional Grievance Process. For non-instructional complaints, students may contact the Conduct & Community Standards team by telephone at 480-517-8749 or 480-517-8152, or email at Students may also contact their state regulatory agency; the Arizona SARA Council; and/or the Higher Learning Commission to escalate their concerns.

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