HPHM_1300_MS - Baton Rouge Community College

Baton Rouge Community College
Academic Affairs Master Syllabus
Date Approved:
Course Name:
1 October 2015
Pharmacy Laws and Ethics
BRCC Course Rubric:
HPHM 1300
CIP Code:
Lecture Hours:
3 (45)
State Common Course Rubric:
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3 (45)
Course Description: Covers federal and state laws as well as ethical issues relative to the
pharmacy technician. This course covers the didactic components of some of the goals of
the Standards and Guidelines of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Admission into Pharmacy Technician
HPHM 1200, HPHM 1400, and HPHM 1503
Suggested Enrollment Cap:
Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, the students will be able
1. Demonstrate understanding of pharmacy laws and regulations set by the National Board
of Pharmacy and the State Board of Pharmacy, especially as they pertain to pharmacy
technician responsibilities and requirements for controlled substances.
2. Explain the rationale for classifying controlled substances.
3. Identify the different drugs within the five controlled substance schedules.
4. Explain the need for proper inventory, accountability, and storage of controlled
5. Describe the basis for the classification of drugs into legend and over-the-counter (OTC)
Assessment Measures: Assessment of all learning outcomes will be measured using the
following methods:
1. Assessment measures may include, but are not limited to, presentations, demonstrations,
collaborative projects, in-class activities, in-putting prescription orders, patient
information records, homework, quizzes, and exams.
Information to be included on the Instructor’s Course Syllabi:
Disability Statement: Baton Rouge Community College seeks to meet the needs of its
students in many ways. See the Office of Disability Services to receive suggestions for
disability statements that should be included in each syllabus.
Grading: The College grading policy should be included in the course syllabus. Any
special practices should also go here. This should include the instructor’s and/or the
department’s policy for make-up work. For example in a speech course, “Speeches not
given on due date will receive no grade higher than a sixty” or “Make-up work will not
be accepted after the last day of class.”
Attendance Policy: Include the overall attendance policy of the college. Instructors may
want to add additional information in individual syllabi to meet the needs of their
General Policies: Instructors’ policy on the use of things such as beepers and cell phones
and/or hand held programmable calculators should be covered in this section.
Cheating and Plagiarism: This must be included in all syllabi and should include the
penalties for incidents in a given class. Students should have a clear idea of what
constitutes cheating in a given course.
Safety Concerns: In some programs this may be a major issue. For example, “No
student will be allowed in the safety lab without safety glasses.” General statements such
as, “Items that may be harmful to one’s self or others should not be brought to class.”
Library/ Learning Resources: Since the development of the total person is part of our
mission, assignments in the library and/or the Learning Resources Center should be
included to assist students in enhancing skills and in using resources. Students should be
encouraged to use the library for reading enjoyment as part of lifelong learning.
Expanded Course Outline:
1. Pharmacy laws and regulations with special attention to those pertaining to pharmacy
technician responsibilities. (Goals 1, 2, 8, 13)
2. The National Board of Pharmacy and State requirements for controlled substances. (Goal 9)
3. The rationale for controlled substances categories or classification. (Goal 9)
4. Identifying drugs classified in each of the five controlled substance schedules. (Goal 9)
5. The organization responsible for enforcing the Controlled Substances Act. (Goal 9)
6. DEA number verification. (Goal 9)
7. Inventory and accountability, and the proper storage of controlled substances. (Goal 9)
8. The classification of drugs into legend and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. (Goals 11, 33)
9. Patient confidentiality as it pertains to pharmacy. (Goal 43)
10. The need for a Code of Ethics for Pharmacy Technicians and other health care providers.
(Goal 1)
11. The purpose and specific examples of types of exceptions of the Poison Prevention
Packaging Act. (Goal 42)
12. Specific points that should be covered by the pharmacist when counseling a patient according
to the Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act of 1999 (OBRA). (Goal 19)
13. Drug information sources including printed and electronic reference materials. (Goal 41)
14. National Drug Code (NDC) number components. (Goal 20)
15. Purpose of lot numbers and expiration dates. (Goal 20)
16. Record-keeping requirements for medication dispensing. (Goals 17, 24, 25)
17. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). (Goal 27)