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.
- Understand the use and side effects of therapies.
- Demonstrate ethical conduct in all job-related activities, maintain an image appropriate for the profession of pharmacy, and communicate clearly.
- Assist the pharmacist in collecting, organizing, and evaluating information for direct patient care, medication use review, and departmental management and in monitoring the practice site and/or service area for compliance with federal, state, and local l.
- Initiate, verify, assist in the adjudication of, and collect payment and/or initiate billing for pharmacy services and goods.
- Receive and screen prescription/medication orders for completeness and authenticity and prepare medications for distribution.
- You will be trained to work in a retail pharmacy.
- You will gain an understanding of ethics and patient confidentiality.
- You will learn principles of common human diseases and their pharmaceutical treatments and examine social influences on diseases and treatment.
- You will develop a critical eye to detail and organizational skills.
- You will gain hands-on experience in using syringes and managing other compounding devices.
This program includes an internship with a local retail pharmacy such as Target, Walgreens or other retailers.
Successful completion of the Pharmacy Technician certificate program at Minneapolis College will meet the educational requirements for licensure in Minnesota.
Minneapolis College is required to identify if our degree meets the educational requirements outside of Minnesota. More information can be found by visiting the Licensure/Certification Disclosures webpage.
If you have further questions about Pharmacy Technician licensure, please feel free to reach out to Heidi Aldes, Interim Dean of Enrollment Management.
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