Friday – January 18, 2019

Pharmacy Technician (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma
School of Health Sciences /Health Sciences Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 31-536-1


For Information: 414-297-6263
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC
Classes held at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus Health Education Center (HEC), 1311 North Sixth Street

Overview — This two-semester program provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to obtain employment as a pharmacy technician in a variety of practice settings. Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a pharmacist in the delivery of pharmaceutical care. 

This program may be taken on a part-time basis. All graduates must be 18 years of age or older.

Attributes that will contribute to your success as a pharmacy technician include attention to detail, dependability as related to punctuality and attendance, a neat and well-groomed appearance, and good interpersonal communication skills.

During the clinical courses, students acquire experience in both community and institutional pharmacies.

Graduates are prepared to take the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) Certification Exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician.

Accreditation – This program is accredited by the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC), a collaboration of the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814; 1-866-279-0681;


Career Pathway — You can earn the Healthcare Customer Service certificate on your way to completing this technical diploma. Contact an MATC advisor for information.


Career Outlook — Due to the evolving role of the pharmacy technician and the aging population, there is a need for trained pharmacy technicians.

View gainful employment data about this program


Program Learning Outcomes — Employers expect program graduates 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 and informatics
  • Adhere to state and federal regulations governing the practice of pharmacy
  • Apply the principles of quality assurance to the practice of pharmacy


Admission Requirements  — This program admits students through a petition selection process.

Learn more about the petition process

One year of high school-level algebra is recommended.

Possible Careers
Certified Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy Technician

Related Programs
Healthcare Customer Service
Health Unit Coordinator

Start Dates: August/January

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students.





(1)  ENG-151

Communication Skills 1 ‡





(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡




(1)  HEALTH-101

Medical Terminology ^




(1)  HEALTH-107

Digital Literacy for Healthcare ^




(1)  PHARMT-300

Orientation to Pharmacy Operations ‡




(1)  PHARMT-302

Pharmaceutical Calculations ‡




(1)  PHARMT-303

Introduction to Drug Classification ‡




(1)  PHARMT-395

Federal Laws, Ethics and Customer
Service ‡




(1)  HEALTH-104 Culture of Healthcare ^



(1)  PHARMT-307

Community Pharmacy Lab ‡




(2)  PHARMT-306

Pharmacy Clinical Experience 1 (8 weeks) ‡




(2)  PHARMT-310

Institutional Pharmacy Practice ‡




(2)  PHARMT-311

Orientation to Sterile Solutions ‡




(2)  PHARMT-314

Pharmacy Clinical Experience 2 (8 weeks) ‡




(2)  PHARMT-312

Pharmacy Operations Laboratory ‡




(2)  PSYCH-199

Psychology of Human Relations





(or) PSYCH-231 Introductory Psychology







‡ Prerequisite required.

^ Counts toward earning the Healthcare Customer Service certificate.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.
Classes held at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus Health Education Center (HEC), 1311 North Sixth Street.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.


Page updated April 2017.