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Pharmacy Technician
Program Code: 31-536-1

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Technical Diploma: 1 Year, 36 Credits
A Lakeshore Technical College Program Offered at FVTC
Financial Aid Eligible - Awarded through LTC

Career Opportunities

The Pharmacy Technician program trains individuals for the roles of supportive personnel for hospital and community pharmacies. The pharmacy technician provides assistance to the pharmacist in a variety of technical tasks involving the packaging, distribution, compounding, labeling and recording of drugs. Graduates find pharmacy technician positions in community pharmacies, nursing home pharmacies, home IVs and hospital pharmacies.

Program Description

Upon completion of this two-semester, 36-credit program, students receive a technical diploma. Clinical experience may be acquired in agencies throughout east central Wisconsin. Many of the courses are available through television instruction at the clinical agencies as well as on the Lakeshore Technical College campus. Courses with asterisks may be obtained at Fox Valley Technical College. This program prepares the student to take the National Certification Examination.

About Shared Programs

LTC offers its Pharmacy Technician program in cooperation with FVTC. As a pharmacy technician student, you'll:

  • Attend the interactive TV and/or Internet classes sent from LTC to FVTC.
  • Take general education classes and labs at FVTC.

Admission Requirements

Pharmacy Technician is a shared program between FVTC and LTC. Application for this program must be completed through FVTC.

LTC entrance requirements are as follows:
  • Skills assessment
  • High school diploma, High School Equivalency Diploma or Certificate of General Educational Development.
  • ACCUPLACER Reading score of 55 or greater or completion of equivalent Program Prep course prior to program start.
  • ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score 50 or greater or completion of equivalent Program Prep course prior to program start.
  • ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 70 or greater or completion of equivalent Program Prep course prior to program start.

Note: A satisfactory physical examination must be on file in the LTC College Health Office prior to clinical placement. Students are required to hold current CPR Health Care Provider certification prior to enrolling in Pharmacy Hospital Clinical.

Program Outcomes

The program graduate will be able to assist the pharmacist in the following areas:

  • Package and label drugs for prescription dispensing.
  • Prepare and deliver unit dose drugs to the nursing services of hospitals or nursing homes.
  • Prepare parenteral admixtures under aseptic and sterile conditions.
  • Receipt and inventory of drug shipments.
  • Manual and computer maintenance of records, including patient profiles.
  • Compound solutions, ointments, lotions, suppositories and other medications.
  • Comprehend and utilize medical and drug terminology common to the pharmaceutical environment.
  • Recognize and apply the knowledge of ethics as well as legal implications of their actions as it relates to themselves, the pharmacist and the pharmacy.
  • Facilitate communications for third party reimbursement.

Special Notes
  • "Health Care Provider" is the required course before the beginning of second semester pharmacy courses. The course must include one- and two-person and infant CPR. Pharmacy Hospital Clinical starts in Term 2 and extends three weeks into the summer. Lab and clinical components of the program require travel by the student to the assigned health care facilities.
  • The physical requirements for pharmacy technicians include being able to lift 10 pounds for 76 to 100 percent of the time and 20 pounds for 31 to 75 percent of the time. Standing, reaching, grasping and fine motor skills are required for 76 to 100 percent of the time.
  • Background information checks are required by law for all caregiver programs. Students with a drug related felony will not be admitted to this program.
  • Students should have e-mail and Internet access either at home or through their local campus or library.

Contact Us
For additional information, contact Barb Tuchscherer at (920) 735-5774 or

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

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