Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician video

Program Number: 31-536-1
School Year: 2014-2015
Technical Diploma (1 year)
Campus: Fond du Lac, Shared With Lakeshore Technical College

Program Description

If you're ill or injured, you have access to an enormous variety of therapeutic medications, and you trust your pharmacy to correctly interpret and fill your prescriptions. Pharmacy technicians contribute to our safety by assisting pharmacists in a variety of technical tasks. If you're attentive to detail; organized; a good communicator; and like math, science, and working with people, a career as a pharmacy technician may be your prescription for success. The Pharmacy Technician program conducted by Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland, WI is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Special Note: LTC offers its Pharmacy Technician program in cooperation with technical colleges across the state. As a pharmacy technician student, you'll attend live, interactive TV classes sent from LTC to your local technical college; receive laboratory training in local pharmacies; participate in real-world, hands-on training during a 4-week clinical program; and take general studies classes at your local technical college. 

Statewide Salary Range for Recent Graduates

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$17,159 $38,490

Approximate Costs

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Package and label drugs for prescription dispensing.
  • Prepare and deliver unit dose to the nursing services of hospitals or nursing homes.
  • Prepare parenteral admixtures under aseptic and sterile conditions.
  • Receive and inventory drug shipments.
  • Maintain records, including patient profiles.
  • Facilitate communications for third-party reimbursement.
  • Compound solutions, ointments, lotions, suppositories and other medications.
  • Comprehend and utilize medical and drug terminology common to the pharmaceutical environment.
  • Practice ethical standards and recognize legal implications of your actions as they relate to yourself, the pharmacist and the pharmacy.

Career Opportunities

  • Home IV Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technician employed at Community Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Technician employed at Hospital Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Technician employed at Nursing Home Pharmacy

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The admission process for a shared program should be completed at the host college granting the degree. Please submit the following to Lakeshore Technical College:


  • College admission application
  • $30 one-time fee
  • High school and other official college transcripts
  • College assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). Note: The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.
  • Meet with a representative at the host college to review course sequencing.
  • Check with the host college if any additional steps are required.

Courses

Number Title Crs
Term 1
501-101 Medical Terminology 3
501-102 *Health Insurance and Reimbursement 3
536-110 **Pharmaceutical Calculations 3
536-113 **Pharmacy Business Applications 3
536-115 **Pharmacy Law 2
536-120 **Fundamentals of Reading Prescriptions 1
536-122 **Pharmacology 3
Total 18
 
Term 2
536-125 **Pharmacy Drug Distribution Systems 2
536-126 **Pharmacy Parenteral Admixtures 3
536-139 ***Pharmacy Community Clinical 3
536-141 *Pharmacy Computer Lab 2
536-143 ***Pharmacy Hospital Clinical 2
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
 - OR - 
801-198 Speech 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
 - OR - 
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
Total 18
 
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 36

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

Courses with no asterisks are offered at Moraine Park.

*Courses are available only at Lakeshore Technical College.

**Courses are offered at Lakeshore Technical College or IVC (Interactive Video Conferencing) at Moraine Park.

***Courses are at a clinical site.