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Advanced Pharmacy Technology - Core Performance Standards

Advanced Pharmacy Technology - Core Performance Standards

Technical Standards and Essential Functions

The following technical standards and essential functions outline reasonable expectations of a student in the Advanced Pharmacy Technology Program for the performance of common pharmacy technician functions. The pharmacy technician student must be able to apply the knowledge and skills necessary to function in a variety of classroom, lab and/or clinical situations while providing the essential competencies of pharmacy technicians. These requirements apply for the purpose of admission and continuation in the program.

The student must demonstrate the following abilities:

Categories of Essential Functions Definition Example of Technical Standard

Observation

Ability to participate actively in all demonstrations, laboratory exercise, and clinical experiences in the professional program component and to assess and comprehend the condition of all clients assigned to him/her for examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Such observation and information usually requires functional use of visual, auditory, and somatic sensations.

Visual (Corrected as necessary)

  • Able to visually discriminate increment readings on syringes
  • Able to read instrument scales
  • Able to enter and review data during use of computer equipment
  • Able to visually discriminate different colored and shaped objects
  • Recognize and interpret facial expressions and body language
  • Assess the environment at a distance

Auditory (corrected as necessary)

  • Recognize and respond to soft voices or voices under protective garb
  • Recognize and respond to voices over the telephone, via a speaker, or from microphone speaker in a drive-thru

Communication

Ability to communicate
effectively in English using verbal, non-verbal and written formats with faculty, other students, clients, families and all members of the healthcare team.

  • Able to effectively elicit information,
  • Assess nonverbal communication
  • Transmit information to clients, fellow students, faculty and staff, and members of the health care team
  • Receive, write, and interpret verbal and written communication in both academic and clinical settings
  • Ability to effectively communicate using available technology

Motor

Sufficient motor ability to
execute the movement and skills required for safe and effective care and emergency treatment.

  • Eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity required to achieve the psychomotor objectives (use of a spatula and tablet counter, mortar and pestle, balance and weight set, needles, syringes, and the skills of counting and pouring)
  • Lift up to 50 pounds
  • Stand for long periods of time (8-12 hours).
  • Ability to perform fine motor skill manipulations with arm extensions inside of a laminar hood for long periods.

Intellectual

Ability to collect, interpret and integrate information and make decisions

  • Read and comprehend relevant information in textbooks, prescriptions and medication orders, medical records and professional literature.
  • Measure,calculate, ,reason,,analyze, and synthesize.
  • Utilize intellectual abilities, exercise good judgment and complete tasks, within required time limits.
  • Apply knowledge to new situations and problem solving scenarios.
  • Retain information
  • Utilize computer skills to perform various tasks in high stress situations.

Behavioral and Social
Attributes

  • Possess the emotional health and stability required for full utilization of the student’s intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all academic and patient care responsibilities and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with clients and other members of the health care team.
  • Possess the ability to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical settings with patients.
  • Possess compassion, integrity, concern for others, and motivation.
  • Possess the ability to demonstrate professional behaviors and a strong work ethic.
  • Manage heavy academic schedules and deadlines.
  • Perform in fast paced clinical situations.
  • Display flexibility
  • Sustain professional activities for protracted periods under conditions of physical and emotional stress
  • Demonstrate emotional health required for full utilization of intellectual abilities and exercise of good judgement.
  • Demonstrate integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest and motivations
  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for one’s own actions
  • Comply with the professional standards of the pharmacy profession

Contact: 

Marianna Mabry • (865) 354-3000 ext. 4242 • Click name for email address

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