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Pharmacy Technician Overview

Mix up your future with CVTC’s Pharmacy Technician program. You can earn your technical diploma in one year and start your career! At CVTC you will experience this career firsthand through pharmacy technician classes and hands-on lab experiences.

You will learn how to:

  • Process prescription orders in both retail and hospital settings
  • Comprehend and use medical and drug terminology common to pharmaceutical environments
  • Understand professional, ethical and legal implications of your actions as it relates to yourself, the pharmacists, customers, and the pharmacy
  • Calculate drug dosages, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, and dose conversions

You will gain the following skills:

  • Dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement
  • Packaging and labeling of prescription drugs
  • Preparing intravenous mixtures and compound medications
  • Identifying drug therapies by drug name or class

Career Opportunities

Pharmacy Benefits Specialist

Pharmacy Inventory Technician

Pharmacy Picking Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Dispensing Technician

Just the Facts

Pharmacy Technician
34 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Year

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

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Bloodborne Pathogens
Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.


Bloodborne Pathogens

Students entering health programs at CVTC should understand the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDs, through saliva and blood with direct patient care as part of their education.

This exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, Hepatitis B vaccination, signs and labels, and other provisions.

All programs at CVTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students' clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.

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   Financial Aid Eligible

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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Estimated Total:  $6,181


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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in the Pharmacy Technician program.

Pharmaceutical Calculations
Prepares the learner to convert weights and volumes between the avoirdupois, the apothecary, and the metric systems of measurement.

Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technician
Prepares the learner to summarize treatments for diseases of the Musculoskeletal, Dermatologic, Endocrine, Reproductive, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Hematologic, Immune, Nervous, Gastrointestinal, and Renal systems, plus the eyes, ears, nose, and throat, and to use antineoplastic and geriatric drugs.

Hospital Pharmacy Lab
Students learn about unit-dose packaging, filling of unit dose charts, IV compounding, interpreting physician orders, and utilization of aseptic technique in laminar flow hood settings.

Pharmacy Technician Outcomes

Are you looking to advance your career, learn a new skill, or try something new? CVTC offers a wide variety of courses from beekeeping to leadership training and everything in between. Courses provided include for-credit and non-credit courses.

// Gainful Employment Data      // Program Outcomes



67% of our recent Pharmacy Technician graduates get a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Pharmacy Technician graduates reported an average starting salary of $27,619.


Regional Jobs

There are 35 job openings in the CVTC district for the Pharmacy Technician industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

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Medical Laboratory Technician, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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Program Accreditation


This program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP). Visit accreditation website.