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Course ID: PHT120
Title: Pharmacy Technician Responsibilities
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 3.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 12046

Term: Fall 2014

Course Materials

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

Required Textbook:

Title: Understanding Pharmacology for Health Professionals
Author: Turley
ISBN: 9781269871815

This custom book contains content from the following:

Understanding Pharmacology for Health Professionals, 4/e
Fundamentals of Pharmacy Practice: The Pharmacy Technician Series, 1/e 
Calculations: The Pharmacy Technician Series, 1/e
Compounding: The Pharmacy Technician Series, 1/e
Certification Exam Review for The Pharmacy Technician, 2/e 

Rio Salado College has developed a unique Textbook Savings Program that uses customized textbooks and saves students up to 50% off the original price of textbooks. 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. Your course materials are available through the Rio Salado College Bookstore.  All materials should be verified by ISBN before purchasing at the Rio Salado Bookstore or from another seller.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Responsibilities and skills of pharmacy technicians. Emphasis on federal and state laws, prescription entry and fulfillment, drug regulations, and drug calculations, as well as pharmaceutical products, abbreviations, and terminology. Includes inventory management, administration routes, financial issues, and pharmacy environments.
Official Course Prerequisites
Official Course Competencies
  1. Identify federal and state laws regarding drug regulations.
  2. Describe various regulations including labeling requirements, controlled substance requirements, and public safety.
  3. Define medical and pharmaceutical terminology.
  4. Identify and classify common drugs.
  5. Explain the processes for the approval and marketing of new drugs.
  6. Summarize disease states and the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of prescribed drug.
  7. Review and summarize the steps of filling, refilling, and billing prescriptions.
  8. Explain drug formulations associated with various routes of administration.
  9. Review compounding principles and dosage forms.
  10. Calculate dosage amounts.
  11. Explain pharmacy inventory management systems.
  12. Summarize financial issues including third-party programs, on- line adjudication of claims, and rejected claims.
  13. Identify various sources of information and common pharmaceutical references.
  14. Identify common prescription errors.
  15. Describe various community, hospital, and non-traditional pharmacy environments.

Course Requirements


  1. Examinations: Two examinations (a midterm and a final) are required. You must take both of them online.
  2. Note: You must earn a minimum of 60% on the exams in order to pass the course.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 three credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least three hours on course content and at least six hours on homework for a total of at least nine 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 760 possible points for this course.

Syllabus Acknowledgement = 0 points
Quizzes = 420 points
Essays = 140 points
Exams = 200 points
Total Points Possible =  760 points

Grading Scale

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

684 - 760 points = A (90% - 100%)
608 - 683 points = B (80% - 89%)
567 - 607 points = C (75% - 79%)
0 - 566 points = F (0% - 74%)

Note: You must earn an average of 75% or better to pass the course.

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

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

Extra credit is not available for this course.

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.


There may be required on-line/take-home exam(s) for this course. Please review the "Grading Procedure and Scale" portion of your syllabus for details. Your course materials may give specific information about these exams and make suggestions for test preparation.

Check your Gradebook for specific due dates for your exam(s).

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 "Syllabus and Lessons" links on your Course Home Page.

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 Grading Matrix for Essays. 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 from the "Request a Change" link in the "Assessments Due Dates" section of your Course Section Homepage.

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.

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.

Disability Statement

Rio Salado provides reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Please contact Disability Services at (480) 517-8562 or


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

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