Indiana Pharmacy Tech Schools & Certification
Are you looking into becoming a pharmacy technician in the state of Indiana? Like other states, Indiana sets its own regulations and requirements on who can practice as a pharmacy tech. It sets out specific licensing/certification procedures to which you must adhere before you may work in a pharmacy. In this guide, we explain licensing requirements for practice in Indiana.
Pharmacy technician licenses in Indiana are granted on the following conditions, according to the Indiana Board of Pharmacy:
- Applicant is at least 18 years old; if the applicant is under 18, the qualified pharmacist at your intended place of work must submit a supporting statement
- Submission of high school diploma (copy), GED, or respective transcripts demonstrating that the applicant graduated
- The applicant has completed a program of study and the relevant qualifying exam: PTCB, or ExCPT. However, you may still apply prior to passing this exam if you apply as “technician in training”
- Submit personal details to a criminal background check to confirm that the applicant is not a convicted felon who committed a crime that would ban them from working with controlled substances
- A $25 application fee is required and payable at the time of application. You may pay by check, credit, or debit card
- Those who previously held a technician-in-training permit and allowed it to expire must reapply; permits are NOT renewable
- Expired licenses are subject to a simple renewal request unless it expired more than 3 years ago
- If the previous license expired more than three years ago, you will be required to attend a hearing
Special note 1: the criminal background check is not carried out before the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency has received both the fee and the relevant application details.
Special note 2: Transfers from other states are not permissible. You must meet all requirements for Indiana to practice as a pharmacy technician.
There are approximately 9,600 pharmacy technicians in Indiana, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2019 report. State data suggests a pharmacy technician can expect to earn around $15.43 per hour (median) or $15.58 (mean average). Annual salary is approximately $32,410.
In most cases, pharmacy techs work in dedicated pharmacies and at drug stores. Around 51% of qualified pharmacy technicians presently work in this environment. 17% (that's approximately one in every six) will work in a hospital or a clinic. 9% work in supermarkets and food stores, typically where there is a pharmacy concession or stand.
Many pharmacies are open long hours for emergency prescriptions. Therefore, you can expect some overnight shift work, and a requirement to work on weekends.
BLS employment outlook suggests pharmacy technician roles will grow approximately 4% between 2019 and 2029. This is the typical rate of all jobs as calculated in the 2019 report. An aging population will require more healthcare and prescription / controlled drugs, ensuring the stability of pharmacy work.
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