PHS Pharmacy Technician Certification Program

 Course Syllabus





Instructor:  Miguel A. Rangel                                                      

Phone: 956-580-5300 Ext 1434              

Room:  200 Building Rm 230                               

Office Hours: 11:30am to 12:30pm

Tutoring: Tuesday and Thursday 4:00pm to 5:00pm and in the morning 7:30am to 8:00am by appointment only.


Required supplies:                  Due Date:  1st week of school

  • 3 inch binder with dividers
  • Notebook paper (small amount, college-ruled preferred)
  • Index cards
  • Highlighter
  • Blue or black ink pen or pencil
  • Scrubs (Price range $35-45. Not required until approximately December)
  • Bottle Hand sanitizer


Mosby’s Pharmacy Technician 4th Edition by Neumiller (Elsevier, Inc. 2016)

ISBN 978-1-4557-5178-5


Workbook and Lab Manual for Mosby’s Pharmacy Technician 4th Edition by M. May. (Elsevier, Inc. 2016)  ISBN 978-1-4557-5180-9


Course Outline:

This course provides students with the basic understanding and skills required to obtain an entry-level position in industry as a pharmacy technician. It introduces students to the knowledge, and practices and procedures used by pharmacy technicians in patient care in a variety of pharmacy operations and settings. Therefore, it covers a wide range of topics related to preparing for a career as a pharmacy technician (please see below). At the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.


Topics Include:

Introduction to Pharmacy

History of Medicine and Pharmacy


Pharmacy Law, Ethics, and Regulatory


Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding

Medication Safety

Quality Assurance

Common Pharmacy Calculations

Dispensing- Institutional and Community

    Pharmacy Practice

Inventory Management

Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement

Use of Technology in the Pharmacy


Grading Procedures:


40% grade: Minor assignments (daily work, homework, lab work, participation)

60% grade: Major assignments (tests, reports/research/essays, projects/presentations)


Assignment Make-up Policy:


Unexcused absences are not acceptable. Daily tasks will often be assigned which are due by the end of the class meeting. All types of assignments, both major and minor, missed or not turned in due to an unexcused absence cannot be made up, and will receive a 0 for a grade. This includes midterm and final exams.


However, work missed due to an excused absence can be made up. But it is always the student’s obligation to speak with the instructor and make arrangements to complete the missed assignment(s).  This missed work must be made up at the rate of one day for each day missed, with a maximum of five days allowed. Make-up quizzes or tests may be different from the original. If the missed work was a major assignment, however, the student may upon request receive an extra 3 days to complete it. Work due, but not turned in on time because of an excused absence, is due on the day the student returns to school. An exception may be made for students giving advance notice of absence by turning work in early or immediately upon return. Please refer to the “Sharyland ISD Grading Procedures” for 2018-19 in the District Student Handbook for further details. 


Classroom Expectations:


Students are expected to act in a professional manner: By meeting deadlines, solving problems, cooperating with classmates, and generally contributing in a positive way to the class. Working in your field of study often means searching for solutions in a group context. Teamwork, listening, empathy, enthusiasm, emotional maturity, respect and consideration of other people’s concern are all essential to success. Please bring these qualities and values with you to class. It is as important to “practice” these interpersonal skills as it is to learn new intellectual content and related skills.


Classroom Procedures:


  • Your behavior at all times should be a good reflection upon you and your school.
  • No food or drinks, except water, are allowed in the classroom.
  • No cell phone use is permitted in class.
  • Please be aware of and follow the dress code.
  • As per Sharyland ISD policy any missed work is the student’s responsibility. You will be responsible for obtaining any missed assignments, notes, or handouts.
  • Only students with excused absences will be allowed to make up work per district policy (please refer to your student handbook).
  • Be in your seat when the bell rings. I will dismiss class at the end of the period.
  • Health Science-related assignments are the only work to be done in class.Any other assignments will be picked up.
  • When a visitor is in the room, please show exceptional courtesy and respect.
  • Reporting on clinical current events in health can always be submitted for extra credit; however, you must make prior arrangements with me.



Leadership Activities:


Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is the student organization that provides leadership development on the local, area, state, and national level.  Participation enables the student to grow personally and to network with other students similar to professional organizations.  HOSA provides opportunities to learn citizenship and participate in community service projects. HOSA is co-curricular and some leadership activities will be conducted within the classroom setting. 


Membership is optional but highly recommended for all students. 

Cost for HOSA membership:

Dues:  $40 (includes national, state, and local dues plus T-shirt)            


  • Ladies:Navy blue skirt/pant suit, white blouse, dark hosiery, closed shoe
  • Gentlemen:Navy blue suit, white collared shirt, maroon tie, dress shoe



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