Pharmacy Technician

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 31-536-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Pharmacy Technician Diploma


Gain the skills and knowledge needed to be a pharmacy technician in a variety of practice settings. Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a pharmacist. Graduates are prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s Certified Pharmacy Technician exam. All graduates must be 18 years of age or older.

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

You can earn the Healthcare Customer Service certificate on the way to completing this technical diploma.

Additional program details: Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a pharmacist in the delivery of pharmaceutical care.

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. This program may be taken on a part-time basis.

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

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Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
HEALTH-101 Medical Terminology ^ 3
HEALTH-104 Culture of Healthcare ^ 2
HEALTH-107 Digital Literacy for Healthcare ^ 2
PHARMT-300 Orientation to Pharmacy Operations ‡ 1
PHARMT-302 Pharmaceutical Calculations ‡ 2
PHARMT-303 Introduction to Drug Classification ‡ 2
PHARMT-307 Community Pharmacy Lab ‡ 1
PHARMT-395 Federal Laws, Ethics and Customer Service ‡ 1
PHARMT-306 Pharmacy Clinical Experience 1 ‡ 2
PHARMT-310 Institutional Pharmacy Practice ‡ 1
PHARMT-311 Orientation to Sterile Solutions ‡ 2
PHARMT-312 Pharmacy Operations Laboratory ‡ 3
PHARMT-314 Pharmacy Clinical Experience 2 ‡ 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.

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

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2021-2022 Program Card

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Important Dates

This program is an open entry program - students can enroll in open entry programs when enrollment begins each semester.

  • No prerequisite courses
  • Fall start: Register for classes in April
  • Spring start: Register for classes in November

Additional deadlines and important dates can be found on Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • 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 nonsterile 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

Career Outlook

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

Possible Careers

Certified Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy Technician

Admission Requirements


  • One year of high school-level algebra is recommended.


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This program is accredited by the ASHP/ACPE Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission, 4500 East-West Highway, Suite 900, Bethesda, MD 20814; 301-664-8835301-657-3000;


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Last updated: 08/30/2021