Academic Program Proposal

Date
Proposal
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Institution
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Proposal
Degree
Awarded
Academic
Program
Name
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Received
Decision
Deadline
MHEC Final
Action
Final
Decision
Date
5/24/2017Hagerstown Community College
Proposal
LDCPharmacy Technician6/24/2017
Pharmacy Technician Program Description
This proposal is for a substantial modification to Hagerstown Community College’s (HCC) existing Pharmacy Technician certificate. The changes to the certificate program will better prepare students to work as pharmacy technicians in both retail and institutional healthcare settings. Completion of HCC’s certificate program will prepare students to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. In addition to covering essential pharmacy topics in pharmacy operations and the interface between Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacists, and patients, students will also study insurance and healthcare practices and will become well versed in healthcare law and ethics. Additionally, revisions are in alignment with the requirements of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE). <br> <br>Upon completion of the Pharmacy Technician certificate, students will be able to: demonstrate appropriate knowledge and understanding of the quality improvement process; apply appropriate pharmaceutical and medical terminology; describe the general chemical and physical properties of drugs used in the delivery of pharmaceutical services; complete mathematical dosages; demonstrate procedures and operation relating to manufacturing, packaging, packing, and labeling of drug products; and actualize the duties and responsibilities, including standards of ethics governing pharmacy practice and how those duties vary in other states. As a culminating effort, students will be eligible to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. Students who complete this academic program, and sit for the national exam may then apply for the Pharmacy Technician Registration/License through the Maryland Board of Pharmacy. A capstone course requirement requires students to work 180 uncompensated hours in various pharmacy settings including both retail and institutional operations, and to critically analyze their pharmacy experience. <br>