Pharmacy Technician

Program Description

Pharmacy technicians are an important part of the healthcare field, and assist licensed pharmacists with dispensing prescription medications in the pharmacy setting. The Pharmacy Technician program will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to become a registered pharmacy technician and work in the dynamic field of pharmacy.

Minneapolis College’s pharmacy technician students complete an internship with a local retail or healthcare setting pharmacy. This hands-on training will prepare you for employment as a registered pharmacy technician after only one semester of coursework.  


  • Minneapolis College’s program is a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)-Recognized Education/Training Program
  • You will be prepared to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam® (PTCE) to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
  • You will gain hands-on experience working in one of our partner retail or healthcare pharmacies in an 80-hour internship.
  • You can complete your certificate in as little as one semester.
  • This program will allow you to develop an individual pathway towards further healthcare career goals.
  • Minneapolis College’s program was developed in conjunction with community partners, taking into careful consideration the current workforce needs of retail and healthcare pharmacies.

Program Details

Occupational Outlook

Employment in Pharmacy Technician is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.  Increasing demand for prescription medications will contribute to more demand for pharmaceutical services and Pharmacy Technicians.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, reports the median annual wage for pharmacy technicians was $32,700 in May 2018.

Potential Job Titles

  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Community Pharmacy Technician

Where You Could Work

  • Retail pharmacies
  • General merchandise pharmacies
  • Grocery store pharmacies
  • Drugstore pharmacies 
  • Hospital pharmacies
  • Clinic pharmacies