Working at drug stores of just about all types, pharmacy techs in Indiana work under the supervision of the pharmacist to assure that prescriptions for medications are filled and customers are served. Holding a certification isn’t required in all 50 states, yet the recent trend among hiring managers has been towards only hiring people who have a professional certification.

The steps to becoming a pharmacy technician in Indiana

The process to become a pharmacy technician in Indiana may be summed-up in the next four steps.

What do pharmacy technicians do in Indiana?

The primary responsibilities of the pharmacy tech in Indiana revolve around the functions which help the pharmacy provide services to its clients and manage its inventory. Although many employers can require even more duties, the following link shows the principal function of the majority of pharmacy techs.

Step 1: Determine whether you would like to become certified

The very first thing you will need to do is choose whether or not you plan to get certified. Holding a certification is not a compulsory requirement for employment in all 50 states, but it does offer a number of added benefits and advantages.

Step 2: Register for classes approved by the PTAC

See all the Indiana accredited pharmacy tech schools below.

Accredited Pharmacy Technician Programs in Indiana

Ross Medical Education Center-Evansville 227 N. Green River Road Evansville IN 47715-2405 812-475-9685 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Ross Medical Education Center-Granger 445 E University Dr Granger IN 46530 574-273-4479 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Ross Medical Education Center-Fort Wayne 4122 Lima Road, Unit A5 Fort Wayne IN 46805 260-471-4840 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Ivy Tech Community College 50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive Indianapolis IN 46208-5752 317-921-4800 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Ross Medical Education Center-Muncie 411 W. Riggin Road Muncie IN 47303-6413 765-282-1950 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant

Step 3: Fulfill all requisite internship hours and complete the program

The next step will be to complete the accredited course you’ve chosen. The classroom portion can often be completed in one year or less, but finishing the required internship hours (occasionally referred to as an “externship”) at a pharmacy can often take more time.

Step 4: Pass the PTCE or ExCPT Certification Exam

There are two nationally-accepted pharmacy tech certification tests – the PTCE and ExCPT. Once you have graduated from a PTAC-accredited course, you’ll be eligible to sit for either one of them. You’ll acquire the national credential of CPhT (Certified Pharmacy Technician) by passing either examination.

Each of these examinations are broken down in greater detail here.

What is the typical pharmacy technician salary in Indiana?

The following table exhibits how much this range varies depending on which state you choose to work in. All data comes from bls.gov.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$10.27$14.86$21.98
Yearly$21,370 $30,920 $45,710
IndianaHourly$10.19$14.20$18.77
Yearly$21,200 $29,540 $39,040
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN MSAHourly$10.37$15.14$19.26
Yearly$21,570 $31,490 $40,050
Muncie, IN MSAHourly$10.40$14.62$18.29
Yearly$21,630 $30,400 $38,030
Evansville, IN-KY MSAHourly$10.07$14.46$19.03
Yearly$20,950 $30,070 $39,590
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN MSAHourly$9.96$14.40$18.75
Yearly$20,710 $29,950 $39,000
Columbus, IN MSAHourly$10.40$14.05$18.22
Yearly$21,640 $29,230 $37,890
Northwest Indiana BOSHourly$10.00$13.99$18.92
Yearly$20,790 $29,090 $39,340
Gary, IN Metropolitan DivisionHourly$10.45$13.95$18.56
Yearly$21,740 $29,020 $38,600
Southwest/ Southeast Indiana BOSHourly$10.14$13.81$18.23
Yearly$21,080 $28,720 $37,930
Northeast Indiana BOSHourly$10.36$13.79$17.87
Yearly$21,550 $28,690 $37,170
Fort Wayne, IN MSAHourly$10.38$13.76$18.62
Yearly$21,590 $28,630 $38,730
Terre Haute, IN MSAHourly$9.67$13.70$18.51
Yearly$20,110 $28,500 $38,500
Bloomington, IN MSAHourly$9.75$13.60$18.09
Yearly$20,290 $28,280 $37,620
Kokomo, IN MSAHourly$10.04$13.42$18.14
Yearly$20,880 $27,910 $37,730
Michigan City-La Porte, IN MSAHourly$10.09$13.39$18.86
Yearly$20,980 $27,860 $39,220
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN MSAHourly$9.66$13.03$19.33
Yearly$20,100 $27,090 $40,210
Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSAHourly$10.01$12.95$18.19
Yearly$20,810 $26,950 $37,840
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI MSAHourly$9.05$12.64$18.51
Yearly$18,830 $26,280 $38,510