Pharmacy Technology (ASCT)
Associate of Science Career/Tech
About This Degree
Estimated Program Length
Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists to dispense prescription medications to customers and/or healthcare 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.
ASCT Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the ASCT degree the student will be able to:
- Stock and inventory medicine
- Maintain patient records
- Measure medications into containers
- Type prescription labels
- Prepare insurance forms
- Prepackage medications
- Prepare sterile intravenous medications
- Maintain nursing station medications
- Collect quality improvement data
- Deliver medications to patients
This program is designed to provide students the basic skills and knowledge to work as a Pharmacy Technician as completed in the Certificate of Graduation. Additionally, students will meet the University General Education Outcomes for the AS Career and Technical Core, and graduates will be prepared for entry-level management positions in pharmacy settings. The coursework is designed to prepare students to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and become licensed Pharmacy Technicians in Indiana. This program enables students to develop the proficiency and skills necessary for entry-level placement in pharmacy. It also addresses those measures of public health and ethical conduct required to uphold and foster the dignity of pharmacy service. Upon completion, the pharmacy technology students will be able to comply with the goals of the program. The goals of the pharmacy technology program are: 1) the student will demonstrate the cognitive knowledge necessary for satisfactory performance in an entry-level pharmacy position; 2) prepare medication for clients through mixing, counting pills, and labeling bottles; 3) demonstrate inventory and stocking skills; 4) prepare I.V. mixtures, ointments and creams; 5) demonstrate proper drug dispensing techniques; 6) apply mathematics concepts for dosage calculation; and 7) apply management skills in the pharmacy setting.
What is a Pharmacy Technician?
A pharmacy technician assists a pharmacist with the preparation of prescription medications for customers and/or healthcare institutions. The technician may receive written prescription requests or may process requests doctors' offices send electronically or phone in.
Depending on state laws, a pharmacy technician may also develop new drug therapies, compound or mix medications, manage patient files, provide vaccines, and obtain refill authorizations from doctors, 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.
Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations. This demand will be due to the expansion of retail pharmacies, the increased number of middle-aged and elderly people, and the increasing roles and responsibilities of pharmacy technicians.
Graduates of our program are able to work as pharmacy technicians in:
- Nursing homes
- Home health care
- Public and government health agencies
The Vincennes University Pharmacy Technology Program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), 7272 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, Md 20814 (866) 279-0681. Website: www.ashp.org, and prepares technicians for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB) Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and also qualifies as a PTCB Certified Compound Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT) Training Program
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Recently Vincennes University Pharmacy Technician program has received 3 awards for Best Online Associate Degree, Best Pharmacy Technician School(s), and 2018-2019 Best Pharmacy Technician Program in the U.S.
Vincennes University's Pharmacy Technology Program was awarded the Indiana College and Career Readiness Awards for Excellence. The awards were presented at a February 26, 2019 ceremony at the Indiana Government Center in Indianapolis. The Indiana Career and Technical Education Awards for Excellence Program recognizes exemplary programs, students, and partnerships that benefit the state. The program is supported by a grant through the Indiana Department of Education and by contributions from the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development, VU, Ivy Tech Community College, and the Indiana Association of Career and Technical Education Districts.
IU Health and Vincennes University Partnership
Students who complete the IU Health Pharmacy Technology certificate program are eligible for automatic acceptance into the VU AS/CT degree pathway allowing them to complete their AS/CT in as little as two semesters. This can be done on campus or online. Students should select that they are an IU Health Transfer when completing the pharmacy technology application.
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Area 31 Partnership
Vincennes University is proud to have the only ASHP accredited high school program in the nation that offers an Associate’s Degree. Students in the Indianapolis, IN, Area 31 district have the opportunity to graduate with an AS/CT, become state licensed technicians, sit for the PTCB National Certification Exam at the same time they are completing their High School Diploma.
For more information on Ben Davis/Area 31 please feel free to access their site: https://area31careercenter.com/
Twin Rivers Area Career & Technical Education Area
Twin Rivers is a Career & Technical Education Cooperative composed of 12 school corporations serving area high schools in Daviess, Greene, Knox, Martin, Sullivan counties in southwest Indiana with the goal to more effectively and efficiently provide career & technical education and training to high school students. High School Seniors involved in Twin Rivers will be able to start applying in spring of 2019 for the VU Pharmacy Technology certificate programs 2019-’20 academic year.
For more information on Twin Rivers please feel free to access their site: http://twinriversarea.org/
East Allen Career Center
Vincennes University is proud to provide high quality high school programs. Students in New Haven, IN, district have the opportunity to graduate with a CPC, become state licensed technicians, sit for the PTCB National Certification Exam at the same time they are completing their High School Diploma.
For more information on East Allen Career Center, please feel free to access their site https://www.eacs.k12.in.us
Pharmacy technicians earned a median salary of $33,060 a year or $15.90 an hour in 2017. (U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics)
According to BLS as on May 2017 there were 417,720 pharmacy technicians working across the nation, out of which 282,155 were PTCB certified. As PTCB certified pharmacy technicians are being preferred by employers, each year more number of pharmacy technicians are getting themselves PTCB certified.
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 annually from 2016-2026.
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