Pharmacy Technician

Thank you for your interest in the Pharmacy Technology Program at Vincennes University. This program is available on the Vincennes campus and via Distance Education (online) and offers both a certificate of program completion and an A.S. Degree. 

The certificate of program completion is designed to provide students the basic skills and knowledge to begin work as a Pharmacy Technician. The A.S. Program is program is designed to provide students the basic skills and knowledge to work as a Pharmacy Technician and assume entry-level management responsibilities in a pharmacy. 

The course work for both the certificate of program completion and the A.S. Degree fulfill the Indiana training requirement for Pharmacy Technicians and prepare students to take the National Pharmacy Technician Exam. Vincennes University students do well on this examination and are sought by pharmacies in this area. Although certification is not required in every state, it is required in the State of Indiana. 

If you have any questions please contact Jenny Hooten, Health Sciences Admission & Recruitment Coordinator, at jhooten@vinu.edu. 

What is a Pharmacy Technician?

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists dispense prescription medications to customers and/or health care professionals. Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists who must review prescriptions before they are given to patients. 

Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals and other medical facilities prepare a greater variety of medications, such as intravenous medications. They may make rounds in the hospital, giving medications to patients. Pharmacy technicians need the ability to be precise, have good communication skills, and be able to follow instructions competently. They spend many hours working on their feet and with their hands. 

Work settings typically include retail pharmacies and hospitals. 

Duties may include:

Retail Pharmacy 

  • Stock and inventory medicine 
  • Maintain patient records 
  • Measure medications into containers 
  • Type prescription labels 
  • Prepare insurance forms 
  • Manage cash register 

Hospital Pharmacy

  • Prepackage medications
  • Prepare sterile intravenous meds
  • Maintain nursing station meds
  • Collect quality improvement data
  • Deliver meds to patients

If you have any questions please contact Jenny Hooten, Health Sciences Admission & Recruitment Coordinator, at jhooten@vinu.edu. 

Learn more about the courses required for this program

Learn more about the courses required for the certificate program
Gainful Employment Disclosure

Mission Statement and Program Outcomes

Pharmacy Technician Information Packet (PDF)

Salary Outlook for Pharmacy Technician Salary Outlook for Pharmacy Technician

According to the Bureau of Labor Statics, pharmacy technicians held approximately 372, 500 jobs in 2014. 52% were employed by pharmacies/drug stores; 13% worked in hospitals; 18% worked in grocery, general merchandise, or department stores. (Bureau of Labor Statistics). 

Work hours may vary including nights, holidays, and weekends. 

Salary Information 

Salaries vary by type of industry and geographical location. As a rule, manufacturing companies tend to pay more than retail, and hospitals fall somewhere in between. Hospitals also pay extra for odd shifts, and practically all employers have nice benefit packages. Please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics for current salary information. 

Job Outlook

Pharmacy technician employment is projected to grow 9 percent through 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Due to the aging population, more prescriptions needed for the general public due to higher chronic diseases of all age groups, there is an increased need for prescription medications. In addition, federal health insurance reform may lead to more people obtaining needed prescription medications. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also suggests that more pharmacy technicians may be needed due to pharmacies taking on more patient care activities, such as flu shots. (Bureau of Labor Statistics). 

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians (February 01, 2016). 

Distance Education Applicants/Students:

Please note that in order to fulfill program requirements, you will be required to attend some on campus labs. Some states may also require clinical components be completed in the State of Indiana (not in your home state). 

Current tuition costs can be found at http://my.vinu.edu/tuition