Pharmacy Technician

Program Description

Pharmacy technicians assist licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medications in pharmacies. Minneapolis College’s Pharmacy Technician program will prepare you to work in a pharmacy and take a certification examination. Your hands-on training will include what you need to be successful after completing the program, including an internship with a local retail pharmacy.

With this program, you can work with your advisor to develop an individualized program of courses to prepare for a job in a pharmacy or courses that will help you to complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) requirements or prerequisites for other health careers.


  • You can complete your certificate in as little as one semester.
  • You will gain hands-on experience working in one of our partner retail pharmacies in an 80-hour internship.
  • Minneapolis College's program was developed in conjunction with community partners, taking into careful consideration the current workforce needs of retail pharmacies.
  • This program will allow you to develop an individual pathway towards further healthcare career goals.

Program Details

Occupational Outlook

A report by Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. from the Spring of 2013 indicates that in the 7 county twin city area Pharmacy Technicians earn a median wage of $15.37 per hour and that a 31% increase in demand is to be expected between 2010 and 2020, raising the number of positions from 3616 to 4736.

Potential Job Titles

  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Community Pharmacy Technician

Where You Could Work

  • Retail pharmacies