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This 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 is designed to prepare technicians for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB) Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and the PTCB Certified Compound Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT) exam, as well as become licensed Pharmacy Technicians in their state. 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 outcomes of the program.
Upon completion of the C.G. the student will able to;
demonstrate the cognitive knowledge necessary for satisfactory performance in an entry-level pharmacy position;
prepare medication for clients through mixing, counting pills, and labeling bottles;
demonstrate inventory and stocking skills;
prepare I.V. mixtures, ointments and creams;
demonstrate proper drug dispensing techniques;
and apply mathematics concepts for dosage calculation.
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.
Where do pharmacy technicians work?
- Prisons, primary care organizations, education and training, the military, veterinary pharmacy and pharmacy organizations.
- Pharmaceutical production or sales in the pharmaceutical industry.
- Community pharmacies (sometimes called retail or high street pharmacy) and hospitals.
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.
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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Ben Davis/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/
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.