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Pharmacy Technician Career Overview

Pharmacy technicians are critical members of the healthcare team and are essential to providing patients with safe and effective medication therapy. A pharmacy technician works closely with pharmacists and other healthcare professionals in diverse settings such as hospitals, clinics, and community pharmacies. Technicians perform vital functions to support the patient care efforts of the pharmacy team with roles and responsibilities that continue to expand and evolve. In many pharmacies, technicians:

  • Accurately prepare and distribute patient medications;
  • Perform calculations;
  • Prepare sterile medicines including those used to treat cancer;
  • Collect accurate patient information
  • Process third party billing claims and assist with prior authorization completion;
  • Work directly with patients to obtain medication histories and reconciliation;
  • Assist in the management of investigational drug studies;
  • Use technology to help maintain accurate patient records, medication inventory, and orders, and;
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

In hospitals and health systems, pharmacy technician jobs involve patient care. Pharmacy technicians in health care facilities, such as hospitals and ambulatory clinics, often have added responsibilities in addition to filling prescriptions for patients and delivering them daily. Responsibilities include preparing sterile medications, verifying the work of other technicians, and operating pharmacy automation systems. With additional training, activities may also include obtaining medication histories, facilitating transitions of care, diversion prevention, and medication assistance programs or supply chain management. Numerous advanced or specialized technician roles exist in these settings (e.g. Pharmacy Purchaser, Lead Pharmacy Technician, and Medication Reconciliation Technician). If you’re the kind of person who likes working directly with patients and other healthcare providers and being an active part of a medical team, pharmacy technician jobs in hospitals are a great choice.

To learn more about the Pharmacy Technician allied health care professionals please visit the following websites:



Do you desire a career in the pharmaceutical industry?

VUMC Department of Pharmaceutical Services has a Pharmacy Technician Training Program that will not only prepare you for taking the national PTCE to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician, but will also provide experience through clinical rotations at a number of VUMC Pharmacy sites. 

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VUMC Program Layout:

12 weeks of online and classroom didactic and simulated lab learning. (Students will be required to spend 8 hours per week at VUMC for labs.)

8 weeks of experiential clinical rotations at VUMC Pharmacy sites. (40 hours per week totaling 320 hours)

View Curriculum details HERE!

Program Application Submission Requirements
  • U.S citizenship, permanent resident status, or eligible to study in the US
  • Candidates for admission must possess a high school diploma or high school diploma equivalency with an ending GPA of no less than 2.75
  • completion/Submission of Application
  • Submission of non-refundable application fee of $50
  • Submission of current resume
  • Three (3) References
  • Personal Essay detailing desire to become a pharmacy technician and why it is an important profession.

Applications must be submitted prior to deadline for consideration

Failure to submit require documentation will result in points deducted from your final applicant ranking score.

Submit your application HERE

The application deadline for admittance has been extended for the January 2021 Class to Friday November 27th, 2020.

Tuition and Fees

For the inaugural class we are waiving the tuition for the 20 week program. This is not including, application fees, background check, uniforms, books, and additional enrollment fees. Housing costs, transportation, parking, and living expenses are the responsibility of the student.

The program fees and books should cost less than $1000 spread over the 20 week period.

Spots are limited for this first class so apply today!

Contact Us

The VUMC Pharmacy Technician Training Program office is located at the pharmacy administrative facility in Berry Hill. We are available to assist you Monday – Friday, 7:00 AM – 4:00pm. If you find that you need assistance outside of the normal operating hours, please leave a voice message or click on one of the names below to send us an e-mail at . We are happy to assist you with any questions you may have!


Nichole Foster, MBA, MEd, CPhT -Program Director, Pharmacy Technician Training Program

Mailing Address:      726 Melrose Avenue, Nashville, TN 37211

Phone Number:       (615) 322-6871

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