This comprehensive 72-hour online course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's PTCB exam for Certified Pharmacy Technicians, CPhT. After course completion, a 120-hour internship will also be completed with our partnering Allina pharmacies. The internship may be scheduled with flexibility around work schedules or other obligations. The addition of this internship now qualifies our program as a MN Board of Pharmacy approved program. See for more information.

Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings - working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist.  Technicians also work for healthcare companies in their call centers or processing centers.
Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.

Admissions Requirements or Prerequisites

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have high school diploma or GED
  • Must complete Accuplacer test for Reading with a score of 233 or higher and Math with a score of 250 or higher before being allowed to register for this class. See the following link for more information on the Accuplacer test:

Important: The class you are registering for must meet the requirements for cohort size in order for it to run.  In the event of very low enrollment and when no other resource is available, the class will be canceled or rescheduled to a later date. You will be notified through email of such change.

Cancellation Policy:
If you need to withdraw from a class and you notify us at least three business days before the class starts, you will receive a credit or refund of the course fee.
No refunds or transfers allowed if you notify us less than three business days before the class starts.

Your Charge for this class will appear on your credit card statement as Minnesota State Colleges.

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