Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Technical Diploma

In the recent past, a pharmacy technician’s role was typically limited to cashier or clerk, but today’s pharmacies are calling on them to do much more. As the health care landscape shifts and transforms, many pharmacists are providing direct patient care, and the pharmacy technicians under their supervision are performing a deeper role with greater responsibility.

This program is offered through an agreement with Lakeshore Technical College. Please contact their Financial Aid Office for financial aid information.

A Closer Look

Pharmacists rely on technicians to provide an extra layer of safety in the dispensing of medication. This includes entering and filling prescriptions, reconstituting medications, keeping accurate records, and communicating with physician offices and insurance companies. More than mere helpers, they are often co-partners or team players in providing patient care.

In some cases, pharmacy technicians may participate in research, assist in clinical settings, and help to provide medication therapy management.

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Pharmacy Technician program provides hands-on learning that prepares students to assist licensed pharmacists in safely dispensing prescription medication. Graduates may work in hospital and retail pharmacies, nursing homes, and everywhere medications are prepared.

In this program, you’ll receive both lab and clinical experience in using pharmacy software to build patient profiles, as well as interpret and enter prescriptions. Core program courses are offered via video conference hosted by Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) and are supported by select classes available with Mid-State.


  • Community Pharmacy Technician
  • Hospital Pharmacy Technician
  • IV Pharmacy Technician
  • Lead Pharmacy Technician
  • Senior Pharmacy Technician

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Pharmacy Technician program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Dave is a licensed registered pharmacist. He earned bachelor’s degrees in pharmacy and medical microbiology, as well a master’s in vocational and technical education from the University of Wisconsin. His ongoing collaborations with pharmacy practice sites ensure a robust, high quality, and student-centered program.

“It is a pleasure to be preparing a highly trained pharmacy technician work force that improves health and advances the entire practice of pharmacy throughout Wisconsin.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $5,016.01
  • Books: $1,436.40
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $20.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $6,472.41

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program can be taken at Mid-State but is offered through a consortium agreement with Lakeshore Technical College. Complete your FAFSA using school code 0091949. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at Lakeshore for more information.


Note: This program has shared web-curriculum with Lakeshore Technical College

LTC Logo = Class is offered from Lakeshore Technical College

Catalog# Title Credits  
Term: 1
10501101 Medical Terminology 3.00  
10536110 Health Insurance and Reimbursement 3.00 LTC Logo
10536112 Pharmaceutical Calculations 3.00 LTC Logo
10536120 Pharmacy Business Applications 1.00 LTC Logo
10536134 Pharmacy Law 3.00 LTC Logo
10536138 Fundamentals of Reading Prescriptions 2.00 LTC Logo
10801196 Pharmacy Community Clinical 3.00 LTC Logo
    (18 Credits)  
Term: 2
10536115 Pharmacology 2.00 LTC Logo
10536122 Pharmacy Drug Distribution Systems 3.00 LTC Logo
10536124 Pharmacy Parenteral Admixtures 1.00 LTC Logo
10536126 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00  
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00  
    (17 Credits)  
Choice A
10536140 Pharmacy Hospital Clinical 3.00 LTC Logo
10536141 Hospital Clinical Lab 2.00  
    (5 Credits)  
Choice B
10536142 Pharmacy Community Clinical-Advanced 2.00 LTC Logo
    (2 Credits)  
An Approved Business Course from LTC such as:
10104102 Principles of Marketing   LTC Logo
10104104 Selling Principles   LTC Logo
10182108 Purchasing   LTC Logo
Total Credits: 36