ERIC Number: ED357800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Pharmacy Technician Competency Validation for the Eastern Iowa Community College District.
Eastern Iowa Community Coll. District, Davenport. Office of Academic Affairs and Planning.
In preparation for the possible establishment of a Pharmacy Technician program, the Eastern Iowa Community College District convened a Developing a Curriculum (DACUM) workshop in December 1989, involving a panel of eight pharmacy technicians (PT's). Panelists helped to develop a DACUM chart, graphically describing the occupation in terms of specific tasks that workers must perform. To validate the entry-level skills defined through the DACUM workshop, a survey was conducted of 333 pharmacy-related businesses in Iowa and the Illinois Quad Cities area, identified through a previous survey as employers of PT's. The survey listed specific job skills, grouped into the following categories: basic skills (11 skills); operating computers (11 skills); filling orders (21 skills); chemo procedures (11 skills); filling outpatient prescriptions (16 skills); maintaining inventory (9 skills); recordkeeping (3 skills); and professionalism (4 skills). Respondents were asked to identify which skills entry-level PT's were expected to perform and to rate the importance of each skill for the entry-level PT. Study findings, based on a 55% response rate (N=183), included the following: (1) 42.1% of the respondents represented pharmacies in retail stores, 22.4% hospital pharmacies, and 15.3% stand-alone pharmacies; (2) the Chemo Procedures category was most frequently cited as containing non-entry-level tasks; (3) most skills identified as entry-level were also considered important; and (4) respondents placed a strong emphasis on communication skills and filing and typing skills. The survey instrument is included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Employment Qualifications, Entry Workers, Job Analysis, Job Skills, Occupational Surveys, Pharmaceutical Education, Pharmacists, Program Development, Questionnaires, Rating Scales, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Eastern Iowa Community Coll. District, Davenport. Office of Academic Affairs and Planning.