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Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

  • Technical Diploma - One Year
  • Program Code: 31-536-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid

The Pharmacy Technician Program may be a good match for you if you:

  • enjoy working with people.
  • have strong customer service skills.
  • prefer to work as a member of a team.
  • are alert, observant, and organized.
  • can accept responsibility.
  • have strong mathematics, spelling, and reading skills.

Upon graduation, you will be encouraged to take the PTCB National Certification Exam to become certified. Certification is required in some states and generally results in increased pay.

As a pharmacy technician, you'll assist the pharmacist.

  • Package and label prescription drugs
  • Prepare intravenous mixtures
  • Receive and inventory drug shipments
  • Maintain manual/computer records
  • Provide office services as needed
  • Compound medications

All pharmacy technicians are held to high standards. You must:

  • comprehend and use medical and drug terminology common to pharmaceutical environments.
  • recognize and apply the knowledge of ethical and legal implications of your actions as it relates to yourselves, the pharmacist, and the pharmacy.
  • be precise and accurate in all your professional actions.

You'll work the same hours as the pharmacists, and that may include evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. Job prospects are expected to continue to be good. This could be the program and career you're looking for!

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 34
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or
  • Complete a Wisconsin Criminal Background Check and Background Information Disclosure Form through A $34 background check fee will be required at the time of your order. View Order Instructions.

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 80 (required for admission)
COMPASS Writing: 60 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (required for admission)
ACT Reading: 19 (required for admission)
ACT English: 18 (only used for course placement)
ACT Math: 18 (required for admission)

Phase Two

Students whose COMPASS® scores do not meet the minimum levels should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Remediation Plan which may include taking specific coursework.

Submit proof through a transcript that you have received a grade of C or better in the course(s) below: Two semesters at high school level with a "C" grade or better each semester (high school transcript) OR One semester at postsecondary level with "C" grade or better (college transcript).

  • Biology

Phase Three: Core Course Eligibility

Once you have successfully completed Phase One and Two you will either be accepted into your program, or placed on a waiting list if your program is full.

Applicants in the process of satisfying COMPASS® minimums and completing academic prerequisites coursework must submit a Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office after all coursework is completed and grades have been processed.

Additional Requirements

A pre-entrance health history and physical examination must be on file three weeks prior to entering the core courses of this program. The Admissions Office will notify you at the appropriate time with a specified deadline.

Obtain and maintain current CPR certification by the American Heart Association (Healthcare Provider level) or the American Red Cross (Professional Rescuer level). Proof must be verified with a current CPR card. Class rosters, letters from instructors or employers, and on-line course certification are not acceptable. Your instructor will ask for a copy of your card on the first day of your clinical courses.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)



Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.

Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.