Indiana University Health

Indiana University Health - Pharmacy Technician Program

Pharmacy Technician Program

General Info

  • Indiana University Health is Indiana's most comprehensive healthcare system. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine, one of the nation's leading medical schools, gives patients access to innovative treatments and therapies. IU Health is comprised of hospitals, physicians and allied services dedicated to providing preeminent care throughout Indiana and beyond.

The Program

  • The Pharmacy Technician program's academic year is nine months in length (865 contact hours), divided into two semesters.
  • The first 15 weeks consists of seven didactic courses including, Introduction to Patient Care, Basic Math Skills, Communication Skills, Anatomy & Physiology for the Health Professional, Medical Terminology, and Medical Law and Ethics. Students attaining a grade average of 80% or above move into Professional Level Courses for 10 weeks of Pharmacology Lecture, Dispensing Lab, Sterile Products Lab, Career Exploration and Pharmaceutical Calculations.
  • Students will then be placed for 4 weeks each in an inpatient and an outpatient setting for a total of 256 hours of clinical experience in the Clarian system or one of several other hospitals.
  • First semester (Orientation and Core Curriculum): medical terminology, anatomy/physiology, medical law and ethics, communication skills, introduction to patient care, and basic math skills.
  • Second semester (Level I): pharmacology, sterile products laboratory, dispensing lab, pharmaceutical calculations, career exploration and development, and clinical practicum.
Upon successful completion of the program, students may sit for the national certification exam given by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Students who pass this become Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT).

Accreditation

Accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Academic Degree

  • Training and Certification Most employers prefer to hire pharmacy technicians who have already received formal training, although some employers offer on-the-job training programs. All pharmacy technicians must apply for and receive a pharmacy "technician in training" certification from the Indiana Board of Pharmacy.
  • A background check and finger printing is required by the board before the training certificate will be issued.
  • Pharmacy Technician certification is required before you can be admitted to IU Health's Pharmacy Technician Level I courses. National certification is available through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
  • Certification is the process by which a non-governmental association or agency grants recognition to an individual who meets certain predetermined qualifications specified by that association or agency.
  • The PTCB was established in 1995 to create one consolidated voluntary national certification program for pharmacy technicians.
  • The PTCB is responsible for the development and implementation of policies related to voluntary national certification for pharmacy technicians.

Address

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1812 North Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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Added: Thu Dec 15 2011
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