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The Health Science Education Pharmacy Technician Program at IU Health is:

  • 1 of 3 AHSP accredited programs in Indiana
  • Accredited for advanced-level education, qualifying graduates to work in both hospital and retail settings
  • Accelerated, complete in only 4.5 months
  • The least expensive program in Indiana
  • The only accredited program located in Indianapolis

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

  • Prepare IV admixtures using aseptic technique, non-sterile compounds, tube feedings, investigational drugs, controlled substances and cytotoxic/hazardous drugs. (hospital setting)
  • Interpret medication orders from product labels, obtain and prepare correct medications for distribution.
  • Work with other team members to minimize the potential for medication errors.
  • 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)
  • Serve as a liaison to third party payers, patients, families, physicians and nurses.
  • Maintain knowledge of computers and automated dispensing systems and troubleshoot problems when they occur.
  • Place medication orders, receive stock to maintain adequate inventory levels.

What They Do

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

  • Prepare IV admixtures using aseptic technique, non-sterile compounds, tube feedings, investigational drugs, controlled substances and cytotoxic/hazardous drugs. (hospital setting)
  • Interpret medication orders from product labels, obtain and prepare correct medications for distribution.
  • Work with other team members to minimize the potential for medication errors.
  • 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)
  • Serve as a liaison to third party payers, patients, families, physicians and nurses.
  • Maintain knowledge of computers and automated dispensing systems and troubleshoot problems when they occur.
  • Place medication orders, receive stock to maintain adequate inventory levels.

Video Spotlight

A Riley pharmacy technician program manager shares about his job responsibilities and what he enjoys about his career.

2021-2022 Application Deadlines

  • March 26, 2021 for July 2021 start
  • Sept. 24, 2021 for January 2022 start

Application Deadlines

2021-2022 Application Deadlines

  • March 26, 2021 for July 2021 start
  • Sept. 24, 2021 for January 2022 start

2021-2022 Program Start Dates

  • July 12, 2021
  • Jan. 3, 2022

Program Start Date

2021-2022 Program Start Dates

  • July 12, 2021
  • Jan. 3, 2022

Complete our accelerated Pharmacy Technician Program in 4.5 months; full-time days, typical hours 8 am — 4 pm.

Duration of Program

Complete our accelerated Pharmacy Technician Program in 4.5 months; full-time days, typical hours 8 am — 4 pm.

$2,100.00 (books and scrubs, extra)

Cost

$2,100.00 (books and scrubs, extra)

High school diploma or GED

Prerequisites

High school diploma or GED

Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a certificate and are also prepared to sit for the national certification exam given by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Students who pass this become Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT).

Certificate or Degree?

Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a certificate and are also prepared to 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).

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

PTCB Exam Pass Rates

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

Upon completion of the program eligible students may apply to Vincennes University and receive up to 26 hours of credit towards an Associates of Science degree in Pharmacy Technology for graduating from the IU Health Pharmacy Technician Program.

Vincennes University Crosswalk

Upon completion of the program eligible students may apply to Vincennes University and receive up to 26 hours of credit towards an Associates of Science degree in Pharmacy Technology for graduating from the IU Health Pharmacy Technician Program.

Program Courses: Pharmaceutical Calculations, Pharmacy Practice for Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians, Sterile Products Laboratory, Dispensing Laboratory, Pharmacy Law, Professionalism for Technicians, National Certification Exam Review, and Clinical Practicum for the Pharmacy Technicians

Program courses are currently being delivered as a combination of live online lectures and in person labs.

Students must have:

  • Personal access to a computer with administrative rights for downloading and installing software applications and extensions if needed.
  • Web cam if computer does not already have one built-in.
  • Reliable internet access.
  • USB flash drive.
  • USB headset with microphone or a functional computer microphone.

Summary, Course of Study

Program Courses: Pharmaceutical Calculations, Pharmacy Practice for Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians, Sterile Products Laboratory, Dispensing Laboratory, Pharmacy Law, Professionalism for Technicians, National Certification Exam Review, and Clinical Practicum for the Pharmacy Technicians

Program courses are currently being delivered as a combination of live online lectures and in person labs.

Students must have:

  • Personal access to a computer with administrative rights for downloading and installing software applications and extensions if needed.
  • Web cam if computer does not already have one built-in.
  • Reliable internet access.
  • USB flash drive.
  • USB headset with microphone or a functional computer microphone.
  • 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

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

***2021-2022 Program Booklets and Applications Now Available***

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 629
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 629. For further information or curriculum questions email Jennifer Fox-Lee or call 317.962.0919.

Application & Contact Information

***2021-2022 Program Booklets and Applications Now Available***

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 629
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 629. For further information or curriculum questions email Jennifer Fox-Lee or call 317.962.0919.