About the Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship Program:

Are you looking for an opportunity for a rewarding career in healthcare with room for growth? If so, a career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician with the UVM Health Network might be right for you.

The University of Vermont Health Network is now offering a Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship Program in collaboration with the Community College of Vermont (CCV). Applicants hired into this program receive paid training through CCV and a full-time position with either The University of Vermont Medical Center or Central Vermont Medical Center. Starting pay is guaranteed to be at least $15.50/hr with additional pay increases upon program completion.

Being a Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist, including measuring, mixing, counting out, labeling, and recording amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

Inpatient pharmacy technicians distribute medications in unit dose form and compound oral, sterile and hazardous medications for hospital and ambulatory care infusion patients.  Technicians utilize state of the art technologies to provide safe, quality, and cost-effective medication therapy.

Outpatient pharmacy technicians prepare prescription orders and assist patients at check out. Technicians will also gather patient demographic information and prescription insurance information, and prepare medications for mail order delivery

Attributes of a Successful Pharmacy Technician Include:

  • Interest in problem-solving
  • Likes working with technology
  • Enjoys working with your community and wants to have a positive impact on the health of others
  • Patience and empathy
  • Detail-oriented in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfortable with math
  • Enjoys working in a team atmosphere

Becoming a Pharmacy Technician

Attend an Info Session

Attend a virtual information session to learn about a career as a pharmacy technician. You will hear more about the apprenticeship program and get an overview of the courses you will take.

Apply

Submit your application

Interview

Applicants who fit the criteria we are looking for in the program will be contacted to set up interviews with our pharmacy team.

Start Work

Staff will begin work in early January.

Learn

You will learn and earn during this apprenticeship program. All participants will be paid their hourly page during the three courses they will take through CCV. These classes will begin in late January.

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

AHS-1520 Introduction to Pharmacy 3
BUS 1370 Customer Service 3
CIS 1430 Spreadsheets 3

UVMHN Pharmacy Technician Testimonials

“As a Pharmacy Technician, I have expanded my knowledge of what it means to provide excellent patient care. I am able to put my creative skills to use making documents outlining processes that help with organization, training and workflow in the pharmacy. It is gratifying to work with the compassionate and collaborative pharmacy team we have here at CVMC.”

- Heather St. Jean, Pharmacy Technician, CVMC

“The amount of opportunities for growth at UVMMC has opened my eyes to just how crucial the pharmacy technician’s role is to patient care. While working in Inpatient Pharmacy, I was exposed to a much more hands-on approach to preparing medications for admitted patients, getting them critical medications as soon as possible, and being a part of caring for our patients at their most vulnerable of times. Now in Outpatient Pharmacy, we are often times the patient’s last stop before heading home from the hospital, and every one of us gives it our all to make sure the last stages of the discharge process happen smoothly and efficiently for every patient. We have so many resources here to give the best patient care I’ve ever been a part of, and I go home every day humbled about the difference we make in our community.”

- Kaley Wells, Sr. Pharmacy Technician, UVM Medical Center