VU-Pharmacy Technology C.G.
VU Advisor: Jillian L. Kiefer CPhT, BS.
Office Phone: 812-888-4470
DOE Code: 5214
Program Description: What is a Pharmacy Technician?
A pharmacy technician assists a pharmacist with the preparation of prescription medications for customers. He or she may receive written prescription requests or may process requests doctors’ offices send electronically or phone in.
Depending on state laws, a pharmacy technician may compound or mix medications, manage patient files, provide vaccines, and get refill authorizations from doctors. He or she organizes drug inventory and lets a pharmacist know if there are any shortages.
Under pharmacist supervision, pharmacy technicians:
- supply medicines to patients, whether on prescription or over the counter
- assemble medicines for prescriptions
- provide information to patients and other healthcare professionals.
Pharmacy technicians also:
- manage areas of medicines supply such as dispensaries
- supervise other pharmacy staff
- produce medicines in hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry.
Where do pharmacy technicians work?
Pharmacy technicians work in many different work environments. These include:
- Community pharmacies (sometimes called retail or high street pharmacy) and hospitals. Most pharmacy technicians work in community and hospital pharmacy
- Pharmaceutical production or sales in the pharmaceutical industry
- Prisons, primary care organizations, education and training, the military, veterinary pharmacy and pharmacy organizations.
- Pharmacy technicians earned a median salary of $33,950 a year or $16.32 an hour in 2019. (S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS))
- According to May 2019 BLS data, there were 422,300 pharmacy technicians working across the nation. 282,155 were PTCB certified. With PTCB certified pharmacy technicians being preferred by employers, each year the number of pharmacy technicians becoming PTCB certified has grown.
- More than half of all jobs were in pharmacies and drug stores.
- Positions are usually full-time, and schedules may include weekends and evenings.
- The job outlook for this occupation is very good, predicts the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The government agency says employment will grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2026. Indiana alone expects an average of 810 job openings annuallyfrom 2016-2026.
The Vincennes University Pharmacy Technology Program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Grade Level: 12th
Length of Program: 1 year (Senior Year Only) 1/2 of the day.
Fall Semester Courses: Days/Times:
PHRM 105 Pharmacology I (3 Cr Hrs) M/W/F 9am – 9:50am
PHRM 220 Pharmacy Calculations (3 Cr Hrs) M/W/F 10am –10:50am
PHRM 110 Dispensing Lab I (First Eight Weeks) (2 Cr Hrs) T/Th(R) 8am- 10:50am
PHRM 211 Dispensing Lab II (Second Eight Weeks) (2 Cr Hrs) T/Th(R) 8am –10:50am
Spring Semester Courses: Days/Times:
PHRM 206 Pharmacology II (3 Cr Hrs) M/W/F 9am – 9:50am
PHRM 115 Pharmacy Law and Ethics (3 Cr Hrs) M/W/F 10am – 10:50am
PHRM 200 Pharmacy Management (3 Cr Hrs) M/W/F TBA
PHRM 225 Pharmacy Practicum (4 Cr Hrs)* TBA (Clinical Rotations)
*Course Fees (student responsibility) : $129.00 Fee for PTCB National Certification Exam
VU Technology Fees: $20 Per Credit Hour
Tuition: Twin Rivers pays all CTE course tuition. Student pays fees from VU only.
Additional Fees in addition to the VU Fees (student responsibility):
Verified Credentials – $120.00 (Application Drug Screen, Background and Medical Records Management)
State Licensure/Background – $100.00
Books/Scrubs – $500-700 (varies if buying new or used books)
Miscellaneous Fees for Clinicals (depending on location) – $100-150
**Must provide own transportation to clinical sites.
Occupations upon completion of program:
Students who complete their certificate of program completion are licensed technicians in the state of Indiana and sit for the PTCB National Certification Exam. Jobs available include; Chain/Independent Pharmacy, Hospital Pharmacy, Managed Care, Nuclear Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry, and Government Agencies. Other careers options for pharmacy technicians can be found in mail-order pharmacy, home infusion, poison control, and academia.
Additional education/training available after completion of program:
Students who complete their certificate of program completion may go on to get their Associates at VU in two more semesters. On-Campus and On-Line options are available.