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Pharmacy Technician

Application Deadline

July 6, 2017

Program Start Date

Aug. 28, 2017

Duration of Program

9 months; full-time days, typical hours 8 am — 4 pm

Cost

$1,248.30 internal Indiana University Health employees; $2,445.30 external non-employees (books and scrubs, extra)

Prerequisites

High school diploma or GED

Certificate or Degree

Certificate

Upon successful completion of the program, students will sit for the national certification exam given by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Students who pass this become Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT).

Accreditation

The program has been nationally accredited since 1999 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ASHP/ACPE)

PTCB Exam Pass Rates

The overall Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam pass rate for our graduates since May 2012 is 95 percent. 

Vincennes University Crosswalk

Upon completion of the program eligible students may apply to Vincennes University and receive up to 28 hours of credit towards an Associates of Science degree in Pharmacy Technology for graduating from the IU Health Pharmacy Technician Program.

What They Do

Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacy departments of hospitals, large clinics, retail pharmacies and home healthcare agencies. Tasks may include:

  • Assist with functions required for prescription processing including answering telephones, taking refill orders, receiving prescriptions, entering prescriptions into the pharmacy computer system, selecting medications and preparing the prescription for the pharmacists' final check (retail setting)
  • Interpret medication orders from product labels, obtain and prepare correct medications for distribution.
  • Prepare non-sterile compounds, IV admixtures using aseptic technique, tube feedings, investigational drugs, controlled substances and cytotoxic/hazardous drugs. (hospital setting)
  • Serve as a liaison to third party payers, patients, families, physicians and nurses.
  • Work with other team members to minimize the potential for medication errors.
  • Maintain knowledge of computers and automated dispensing systems and troubleshoot problems when they occur.
  • Place medication orders, receive stock to maintain adequate inventory levels.

Summary, Course of Study

First semester (Orientation and Core Curriculum): Medical Terminology, Anatomy/Physiology, Medical Law and Ethics, Pharmaceutical Calculations I, Pharmacy Practice for Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacy Practice Laboratory, and Introduction to Pharmacology.

Second semester (Level I): Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians, Sterile Products Laboratory and Observation, Dispensing Laboratory, Pharmaceutical Calculations II, Career Exploration and Certification Exam Review, and Clinical Practicum for the Pharmacy Technician.

*Anatomy and Physiology course is offered in April of each year and can be taken before the program begins. Applicants are highly encouraged to take this course. See below for registration.

Physical Requirements

  • Read, write, understand and verbally communicate in fluent English (includes questioning a patient, relaying information to others and receiving information)
  • Stand, walk or sit for up to eight hours a day, five days a week
  • Carry, reach, stoop and lift up to 30 pounds (putting away orders, making deliveries to floors)
  • Have sufficient manual dexterity (using a computer keyboard, handling needles and syringes)
  • Have a visual acuity (either on your own or with corrective lenses) that enables you to read information printed on medication labels and have sufficient color vision to recognize differences in pills and colors of solutions
  • Have an auditory acuity (either on your own or with auditory aids) that allows you to understand a normal speaking voice without seeing the speaker's face
  • Show proof of personal health insurance coverage for the duration of the program, or be willing to sign a waiver of insurance form

Application & Contact Information

Download the Program Booklet and Application Packet and submit your application today.

Or you may request an application packet be mailed to you using the following contact information:

Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital
I-65 at 21st Street
Health Sciences Education
ATTN: Diana Carlton
Wile Hall, Room 631
P.O. Box 1367
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1367
Phone: 317.962.5470

You may also pick up program information at Wile Hall, 1812 N Capitol Ave., 6th floor, Room 631. For further information or curriculum questions email Jennifer Fox-Lee or call 317.962.0919.