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Pharmacy Technician

What it is

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. 

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  • 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.

Award Requirements and Course Descriptions & Outlines

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

Professional Licensure or Certification Disclosure

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, Dean of Enrollment Management.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the use and side effects of therapies.
  2. Demonstrate ethical conduct in all job-related activities, maintain an image appropriate for the profession of pharmacy, and communicate clearly.
  3. 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.
  4. Initiate, verify, assist in the adjudication of, and collect payment and/or initiate billing for pharmacy services and goods.
  5. Receive and screen prescription/medication orders for completeness and authenticity and prepare medications for distribution.