Pharmacy Tech

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Pharmacy Tech

Pharmacy Tech works with PioneerRX to give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real world situations.  Learn more here, and see how PioneerRX compares to other pharmacy software providers here.

Note: Students must provide a background check in order to apply for Indiana Technician in Training License.

Course Title: Pharmacy Tech
Course Instructors: Jessica Lamb
Jennifer Higgins
Number of Credits: 3 each Semester
Semesters Offered: 2-Semester Program
Prerequisite: GPA 2.3
Algebra 1 and English 10
Eligible Grade Levels: 11th/12th
Dual Credit: Vincennes University

Course Competencies and Requirements

  • Be a pharmacy technician and help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other healthcare products to patients.
  • Pharmacy Technicians work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist to prepare prescription medications. Technicians provide customer service and perform administrative tasks, including working with insurance. Pharmacy technicians have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings such as community, long term care and hospitals. Common tasks and duties include:
    • Preparing new prescription and refill requests for patients
    • Dispensing medication to patients per the prescription, or provider’s orders
    • Packing and labeling a prescribed medication
    • Processing insurance claims
    • Tracking inventory
    • Preparing compounded medications using sterile and non-sterile processes
    • Filling automated dispensing machines
    • Repackaging of bulk medications
  • Students learn about patient confidentiality-HIPAA, law and ethics governing pharmacy practice, as well as, standard operating policies and procedures to ensure adherence to state laws.
  • Tasks and technical skills include dose calculations required for proper medications dispensing and filling.
  • Tasks and technical skills include arithmetic calculations required for dosage determinations.
  • Job shadowing and other work-based learning activities may be included.

Dual Credit Information for 2023-24

Dual credit offerings are subject to change at the discretion of postsecondary partners, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, The Indiana Department of Education, or the Indiana Office of Career and Technical Education.

Course Number Course Name Credit Amount College Year
HIMT 110 Medical Terminology for Allied Health 3 Credits Vincennes University Year 1
PHRM 105 Pharmacology I 3 Credits Vincennes University Year 1
PHRM 220 Pharmacy Calculations 3 Credits Vincennes University Year 1
PHRM 115 Pharmacy Law and Ethics for Technicians 3 Credits Vincennes University Year 1
PHRM 200 Pharmacy Management 3 Credits Vincennes University Year 1
PHRM 110 Dispensing Lab I 2 Credits Vincennes University Year 1
PHRM 225 Practicum for Advanced Level 5 Credits Vincennes University Year 2

Academic Standards for Success

  • Read and comprehend science and technical texts within a range of complexity appropriate for grades 11-CCR independently and proficiently.
  • Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text.
  • Use vocabulary skills, context, roots, prefixes and suffixes to determine the meaning of words.
  • Solve problems using algebraic expressions and symbols to represent relationships, patterns and functions of different types.
  • Solve abstract and practical problems by applying and adapting a variety of strategies. Monitor progress and evaluate answers in terms of questions asked.
  • Identify how to order the elements of a sentence or paragraph to improve clarity, meaning and the progression of ideas.

Area 31 Eligibility Statement

Read the Eligibility statement here.

NOTE: Required prerequisites include the successful completion of Algebra I and English 10 for academic credit.

Priority enrollment is given to students who have successfully completed prior coursework in this associate degree-granting Area 31 Early College Career Center program. Any questions regarding Early College Career Center programming should be directed to Counselor Erin Dietrich at or Vincennes University Site Manager Maria Srnka at