In this module, students are introduced to the language of pharmacy abbreviations. Students become adept at deciphering medication orders through daily lab exercises. They learn the mathematical conversions and dosage calculations necessary to correctly process drug orders in the hospital or inpatient pharmacy setting. The Unit Dose Drug Distribution System is introduced. Students apply hands-on procedures in cassette filling, unit dose prepackaging, and pharmaceutical compounding. Selected drugs are introduced. Students learn trade and generic names, drug classifications, indications, dosages, routes of administration, and side effects. Basic computer operations, keyboarding, and essential employment skills are addressed in the daily computer lab. Hands-on pharmacy procedures used in various settings are practiced daily in the pharmacy lab.
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