The Pharmacy Technician Certification course is a comprehensive 56-hour program designed to help students prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board PTCB Exam and enter the pharmacy field of practice.
Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in dispensing medications and are accountable to the supervising pharmacist who is legally responsible through state licensure for the care and safety of patients served by the pharmacy. Pharmacy technician job duties include providing medication and other health care products to patients and working with third party and doctors' offices in resolving adjudication of patients' insurance or state program. Pharmacy technicians often do the routine tasks associated with preparing prescribed medication and providing drugs to patients, but may also do compounding of medications, refill calls, expense and medication orders, returns and expired credits, and many other non-licensed pharmacy management tasks.
Internships are made possible based on availability with local pharmacy.
Nature of work
Technicians can find employment opportunities in retail, hospital, and other health care settings working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. With the need for prescription medications growing each year, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to increase rapidly through 2016.
To be successful as a pharmacy technician, an individual must enjoy working with people, be attentive to detail, and be well-organized. Pharmacy technicians should be willing to spend a lot of time standing and may be required to work evenings and weekends.
- Average Salary: $27,710/ year
- Top Earners: $39,780/ year
Admission Requirements or Prerequisites
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must have a high school diploma or GED
- College transcript or ACCUPLACER Assessment required
- Suggested but not required coursework: Medical Terminology
Pharmacy Technician: Foundation & Practices with CD-ROM
The Pharmacy Technician Lab Manual and Workbook
Required for voluntary internship
Minnesota Board of Pharmacy Registration fee, $35.
Customized Training and Continuing Education
The Drake Building
60 East Plato Boulevard
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55107
For more information contact
Cheryl Beaumier, 651.846.1438 or
Dave Baker, 651.846.1583