Pharmacy Technology, A.S. Career/Tech
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.
Duties may include:
- Stock and inventory medicine
- Maintain patient records
- Measure medications into containers
- Type prescription labels
- Prepare insurance forms
- Manage cash register
- Prepackage medications
- Prepare sterile intravenous meds
- Maintain nursing station meds
- Collect quality improvement data
- Deliver meds 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.
The Associate of Science - Career and Technical Core Pharmacy Technology Program conducted by Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana is accredited by The American Society of Health-System Pharmacy’s (ASHP), 7272 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, Md 20814 (866) 279-0681. Website: www.ashp.org