• Pharmacy Technology

    Demand for skilled pharmacy technicians is expected to grow as the health care industry experiences major changes in the delivery of health care and the role of pharmacists.


Pharmacy Technology

M State's Pharmacy Technology AAS degree prepares students to work as assistants to registered pharmacists, performing both technical and clinical pharmacy duties. The work done by pharmacy technicians allows pharmacists to spend more time working directly with patients.

Courses are taught online through eCampus, and required lab hours are performed in M State's state-of-the-art lab in Wadena. Students learn how to access patient profiles, input drug orders, print prescription labels and fill prescriptions.

M State has two Pharmacy Technology options, a 60-credit Associate in Applied Science degree and a 36-credit diploma. Students who begin with the diploma program can opt to continue and earn an AAS degree, which improves the potential for career advances in the pharmacy profession. The AAS degree requires courses in human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry and computers.

An advisory board comprised of local and regional industry members reviews our program curriculum, ensuring that students learn the skills needed by employers.

M State's Pharmacy Technology program was ranked No. 5 nationally by BestCollege.com in its 2016 list of Best Online Pharmacy Technician Programs. Colleges were ranked according to academic strengths, positive student outcomes, course offerings and virtual classroom experience for online learners, according to the website.

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.



Minnesota State Community and Technical College's Pharmacy Technology program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

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 more than 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 health care, visit ASHP's website or its consumer website.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Policies and procedures that govern community, institutional and long-term care pharmacies
  • Role of pharmacy technician in the community, institutional and long-term care environment
  • Accurate preparation and interpretation of pharmacy orders
  • Legal and ethical aspects of a pharmacy technician's job duties
  • Basic science as it relates to pharmacy technology
  • Effective communication with patients, physicians and colleagues


Why M State

  • Blend of on-campus labs and online courses, which offers flexibility for students with family and job commitments
  • Exceptional educational value
  • Personalized, hands-on education
  • State-of-the-art Pharmacy Technology lab
  • Accredited by American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists

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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Pharmacy Technology Diploma
Locations: eCampus

Pharmacy Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: eCampus

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Meet the faculty

Mary Stende
Pharmacy Technology Director/Instructor
Wadena, eCampus
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Program features

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).


Pharmacy Technology AAS required courses

  • Fundamental Concepts of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Principles/Practicum I and II
  • Drug Properties/Distribution
  • Experiential/Hospital
  • Experiential/Retail
Pharmacy Technician regional wage

Pharmacy Technician regional wage
data source: Career Coach


Career opportunities

Graduates of M State's Pharmacy Technology program will have employment opportunities as Pharmacy Technicians.

Description: Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

Typical education level:Vocational Certificate

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Data source: Career Coach with current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Wadena

data source: Career Coach


Pharmacy Technician employment

1,013 Employed in your area

37 Estimated annual job openings

183 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Pharmacy Technicians in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 167 16%
25-34 270 27%
35-44 179 18%
45-54 214 21%
55-64 154 15%
65+ 29 3%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

data source: Career Coach


Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: May 17th, 2016 at 12:20pm