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Pharmacy Technician

Technical Diploma

33 Credits | 1 Year

Evening Classes | Financial Aid-Eligible

New Richmond, Superior

Career Cluster: Health Sciences

As the need for clinical pharmacists increases to meet today's healthcare demands, so does the need for well-trained pharmacy technicians. Area employers are seeking highly-skilled graduates to fill their pharmacy technician positions. 

The Pharmacy Technician program will prepare you for a rewarding, demanding and ever-evolving career. With the patient's health and medication safety in mind, successful pharmacy technicians must be accurate, precise and detailed while treating patients with compassion and empathy. Upon completion of this program, you can find a career working under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist in a variety of settings including retail, hospital, infusion centers, long-term care facilities and insurance companies. 

Program Overview

In this one-year technical diploma program, you will perform a variety of duties including preparation of prescriptions, record keeping, inventory control, handling monetary transactions and filing third-party claims. You will also be responsible for preparing IV solutions and compounding medications. 

Program Outcomes

Pharmacy Technician graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate personal/interpersonal knowledge and skills in the practice of pharmacy
  • Demonstrate foundational professional knowledge and skills for the practice of pharmacy
  • Prepare prescriptions/medication orders and pharmaceutical products for dispensing, distribution and disposal
  • Compound sterile and non-sterile medications
  • Follow established policies and procedures for procurement, billing, reimbursement and inventory management
  • Utilize pharmacy technology informatics
  • Adhere to state and federal regulations governing the practice of pharmacy
  • Apply the principles of quality assurance to the practice of pharmacy

The Pharmacy Technician program will be taught three evenings per week on campus and one evening per week over WITC's web conferencing system. 

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Hands-on classes.

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High-demand for skilled pharmacy technicians. 


Academics

Pharmacy Technician courses are offered at the New Richmond and Superior campuses featuring a variety of delivery methods including online, interactive television (ITV) and traditional classroom format. 

This nine-month program gives you everything you need to pass the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. WITC has state-of-the-art equipment, giving you the experience that you will see in the real world. 

Complete in 1 or 2 Years

You have the option to choose a one year or two year path that works for your schedule. 

Experienced Instructors

As a Pharmacy Technician student at WITC, you will have access to instructors with years of experience in a variety of pharmacy settings. 

Gain Hospital and Retail Clinical Experience

You will complete eight weeks in both retail and hospital clinical sites where you will apply your skills while gaining customer service experience and the opportunity to network with potential employers. 


Curriculum

Through the Pharmacy Technician core courses, you will learn about medications, how they are used and how to understand and fill prescriptions. You will learn hands-on skills such as how to mix sterile and non-sterile medications. You will also learn aspects of pharmacy business. You will have the opportunity to intern at both a hospital and retail pharmacy. 

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Featured Pharmacy Technician Courses

31536306
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UGRD
| 3 CR
The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of the principles of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics including the understanding of body system disease states and the effects of medications in treating disease conditions. Students will learn the cautions involved in adverse drug effects, food and drug interactions, and drug-disease contradictions. Students will learn the therapeutic classifications, indications, and common strengths for the most common drugs. PREREQUISITES: Admission to the Pharmacy Technician program and 31536301 Fundamentals of Reading Prescriptions.
31536303
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UGRD
| 3 CR
This course prepares the learner to enlarge and reduce formulas and solve proportions, dilutions, alligations, and other calculations pertinent to the preparation of pharmaceuticals using metric, apothecary, avoirdupois, and household measuring systems. PREREQUISITE: Admission to the Pharmacy Technician program and COREQUISITES: 31536301 Fundamentals of Reading Prescriptions and 31536304 Pharmacy Benefits Management.
31536309
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UGRD
| 2 CR
This course prepares the learner to apply policies and procedures in the pharmacy, complete the ordering process to meet inventory goals, bill third parties for patient prescriptions, process prescriptions, identify medical and surgical supplies for customers, process controlled substance prescriptions, compound extemporaneous products, maintain patient medical histories and fulfill duties in unique service areas. PREREQUISITE: Admission to the Pharmacy Technician program and current Health Care Provider CPR and First Aid Certification; COREQUISITES: 31536301 Fundamentals of Reading Prescriptions, 31536302 Pharmacy Business Applications, 31536303 Pharmaceutical Calculations, and 31536304 Pharmacy Benefits Management.Prescriptions, 31536302 Pharmacy Business Applications, 31536303 Pharmaceutical Calculations, and 31536304 Pharmacy Benefits Management.

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. Fill out the application form either online or at a campus, complete an assessment and meet with a WITC counselor. In the meeting, you'll discuss your goals and the counselor will make sure you're getting the most out of your education and the best bang for your buck. 

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

Pharmacy Technician

33 Credits | 1 Year

$4,551

Book costs not available at this time.


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 


After the WITC Pharmacy Technician Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Pharmacy Technician technical diploma. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond.

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Career Outlooks

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Gainful Employment

Established by the U.S. Department of Education, Gainful Employment is available to help you make an informed decision about which career to pursue. This required information shows data about how WITC's technical diploma programs that receive federal financial aid lead to gainful employment in recognized careers. 

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Partnership

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The WITC Pharmacy Technician program partners with Pioneer Rx to enhance the curriculum with a hands-on approach to learning that simulates the functions and workflow of today's most innovative pharmacies. For more information about Pioneer Rx, visit www.pioneerrx.com

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Sara Eckstein

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220

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Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

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800.243.9482 ext. 3195

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New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339

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Superior Admissions Contact

Cindy Miller

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243

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