Health Science Education

Pharmacology CPU Objectives

Activity 1: Introduction

1-1. Identify the roles and responsibilities of a pharmacist and a pharmacy technician.
1-2. Discuss a brief history of pharmacology.
1-3. Identify careers and education/training requirements in pharmacy.
1-4. Research three schools that offer pharmacy technician programs.

Activity 2: Pathogens and Disease

2-1. Review pathogens and disease.
2-2. Discuss how germs invade the body.
2-3. Identify kinds of disease.
2-4. Discuss how the body fights disease and infection.
2-5. Define immunity.
2-6. Discuss antibody production.
2-7. Discuss how drugs fight disease and quell infection.
2-8. Discuss infectious and contagious disease.
2-9. Identify medicines that endure.
2-10. Examine an aspirin tablet to determine whether or not it has begun to break down due to age.

Activity 3: Drug Classifications

3-1. Define homeostasis.
3-2. Discuss how drugs work.
3-3. Discuss disposition.
3-4. Identify factors that affect drug action.
3-5. Discuss administration routes and dosage forms for each.
3-6. Identify common drug types.
3-7. Discuss controlled substances.
3-8. Identify brand and generic drugs based on their uses.
3-9. Perform an experiment explaining why all drugs are not pills.

Activity 4: OTC Drugs and Medical Supplies

4-1. Identify characteristics of OTC drugs.
4-2. Compare and contrast prescription and non-prescription drugs.
4-3. Identify parts of a Drug Facts label.
4-4. Discuss FDA regulation of prescription and non-prescription drugs.
4-5. Complete an experiment to determine how antacids relieve heartburn.

Activity 5: Pharmacy Technician Responsibilities

5-1. Identify common pharmacy technician responsibilities.
5-2. Discuss education and training requirements for pharmacy technicians.
5-3. Discuss the process of inventory management.
5-4. Identify steps for ordering, receiving, packaging, and storing medication.
5-5. Use a pharmacy simulation application to practice taking inventory.

Activity 6: The Dispensing Process

6-1. Define prescription.
6-2. Discuss common steps in the dispensing process.
6-3. Identify common components of prescription labels.
6-4. Identify SIG and DAW codes.
6-5. Read and interpret prescriptions for proper labeling.
6-6. Practice proper dispensing techniques.

Activity 7: Pharmacy Calculations and Measurements

7-1. Discuss the Arabic and Roman number systems.
7-2. Review fractions, decimal numbers, ratios, and proportions.
7-3. Discuss systems of measurement used in pharmacology.
7-4. Identify Young's Rule.
7-5. Identify Clark's Rule.
7-6. Discuss the Body Surface Area formula.
7-7. Practice alligation.
7-8. Demonstrate proper steps for completing mathematical equations related to pharmacology.

Activity 8: Insurance and Payment Process

8-1. Discuss third party programs.
8-2. Discuss pharmacy benefit managers.
8-3. Identify types of managed care programs.
8-4. Identify types of public health insurance.
8-5. Discuss the 340B Drug Pricing Program.
8-6. Discuss workers' compensation.
8-7. Identify steps for online adjudication.
8-8. Identify prescription origin codes.
8-9. Discuss the payment process.
8-10. Interpret insurance cards.
8-11. Practice counseling procedures for OTC products.

Activity 9: Dispensing Practice

9-1. Use a pharmacy simulation application to gain a further understanding of the dispensing process.

Activity 10: Post-Test and Wrap-Up

10-1. Complete the Post-Test.

Activity 11: Bonus Activities

11-1. Complete a crossword puzzle and vocabualry quiz.

Activity 12: Challenge

12-1. Complete an experiment to determine how temperature affects the reaction time of drugs.

Activity 13: Open-Ended Challenge

13-1. Discuss HOSA and the various competitions related to pharmacology.
13-2. Complete an activity similar to a HOSA competitive event.

Activity 14: Careers

14-1. Research the certification, materials, and cost of becoming a pharmacy technician in the state in which the student lives.
14-2. Write a brief report based on the research.

Activity 15: Job Shadow

15-1. Perform a job shadow of a pharmacy technician OR
15-2. Research and write a brief report about a problem related to pharmacology that is of immediate importance in the local community.