CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Pharmacy Technician I (8305/36 weeks, 140 hours)

NOTE: This course has specific state laws and regulations from a governing medical board or agency. Please contact the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education prior to implementing this course. All inquiries may be sent to cte@doe.virginia.gov.

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Exploring the World of Pharmacy

  1. Describe the healthcare team.
  2. Describe various pharmacy settings.
  3. Describe the roles and responsibilities of pharmacy professionals, including the organizational chart.
  4. Obtain and maintain American Heart cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) / basic life support (BLS).
  5. Describe the professional organizations, regulatory boards, and credentialing in the field of pharmacy.

Building a Professional Career

  1. Research job opportunities for pharmacy technicians.
  2. Comply with current state and federal regulations with regard to the practice of pharmacy.
  3. Explain the role of professional ethics in the pharmacy workplace.
  4. Determine the legal responsibilities of the pharmacy technician.
  5. Explain the importance of professional development for pharmacy technicians.

Communicating in the Pharmacy Setting

  1. Use basic medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology as related to disease states and pharmacy care.
  2. Maintain patient, business, and personal confidentiality.
  3. Handle patient and customer service challenges.

Applying Pharmacy Calculations

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic medical mathematical skills.
  2. Perform mathematical calculations that are critical to the tasks of pharmacy technicians in a variety of settings.

Incorporating Safety Procedures

  1. Provide a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for the client.
  2. Identify environmental safety hazards, prevention methods, and disaster plans.
  3. Demonstrate general principles of asepsis.
  4. Describe standard precautions and infectious disease control measures.
  5. Identify sterilization and sanitation procedures.
  6. Identify laws and standards concerning infectious and hazardous waste.

Introducing Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs

  1. Use pharmaceutical references and resources.
  2. Describe the federal agencies involved in drug approvals and classifications.
  3. Describe the drug classification system.
  4. Explain the naming convention of drugs.
  5. Identify the therapeutic classes of drugs.