Pharmacy Technician
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Pharmacy Technician


Saint Paul College’s Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

About ASHP

ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 40,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For over 70 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website,, or its consumer website,




Pharmacy technicians play an integral role in assisting pharmacists with medication dispensing. Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, drug stores, and other medical settings. Pharmacy technicians perform a variety of duties that require strong attention to detail. Many pharmacy technicians perform duties such as the following:

  • Screen prescription orders for accuracy and completeness
  • Prepare prescriptions for pharmacist verification – retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure, and sometimes mix the medication
  • Use technology to help maintain accurate patient records, prepare and package medications, and place orders
  • Perform calculations
  • Provide customer service to patients
  • Support health care providers and nurses in the delivery of medicines
  • Manage the business and/or administrative aspects of a pharmacy.

Saint Paul College offers two Pharmacy Technician programs – a diploma and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. Students are required to meet minimum program entry requirements before beginning pharmacy technician coursework. Please see the Pharmacy Technician Program Requirements Guide for specific requirements and course sequence.

This program provides the necessary training and experiential requirements to seek registration as a pharmacy technician in the state of Minnesota. This program also prepares students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

What You'll Learn
  • Laws that govern pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, and pharmacy operations
  • Interpretation of prescription orders
  • Prescription dispensing
  • Medication safety
  • Pharmacy operations in retail and institutional settings
  • Sterile and non-sterile compounding, aseptic technique
  • Pharmacy calculations
  • Healthcare communication and customer service skills
  • Pharmacotherapy of disease processes
Career Settings
  • Community pharmacies
  • Hospitals
  • LTC pharmacies
  • Mail-order pharmacies
  • Insurance companies
Potential Employers
  • Walgreens
  • CVS
  • HealthPartners
  • Allina Hospitals & Clinics
  • HealthEast Care System
  • Fairview Health Services
  • Children's Hospitals & Clinics
  • North Memorial Medical Center
  • Park Nicollet Health Services