Pharmacy Technician | Western Technical College

Pharmacy Technician

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 



Financial Aid Eligible

Typical Start: 

Fall, Spring

If you’re ill or injured, you have access to an enormous variety of therapeutic medications, and you trust your pharmacy to correctly interpret and fill your prescriptions. Pharmacy technicians contribute to our safety by assisting pharmacists in a variety of technical tasks. If you’re attentive to detail, organized, a good communicator, and like math, science, and working with people, a career as a pharmacy technician may be your prescription for success.

The Pharmacy Tech program is a shared program with Lakeshore Technical College. You will take some classes at Western and some online or through distance learning from Lakeshore. This program is financial aid eligible at Lakeshore Technical College. Contact the Welcome Center to make an appointment with an Admissions Coach.

Lakeshore Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program Page

*Please note that the delivery method for courses may change as the COVID-19 situation proceeds. Our goal is to ensure that teaching and learning happens in a safe environment. We will communicate updates as quickly as possible.

Pharmacy Technician
Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Pharmacy Technician

This program will cost about $5,040* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact an Admissions Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

Career Opportunities

Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy Aide

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Package and label drugs for prescription dispensing
  • Prepare and deliver unit dose to the nursing services of hospitals or nursing homes
  • Prepare parenteral admixtures under aseptic and sterile conditions
  • Receive and inventory drug shipments
  • Maintain records, including patient profiles
  • Facilitate communications for third-party reimbursement
  • Compound solutions, ointments, lotions, suppositories, and other medications
  • Comprehend and utilize medical and drug terminology common to the pharmaceutical environment
  • Practice ethical standards and recognize legal implications of your actions as they relate to yourself, the pharmacist, and the pharmacy

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Additional Requirements:

The Pharmacy Technician program is a joint program with Lakeshore Technical College.  Lakeshore has the following requirements in order to qualify for admittance to the Pharmacy Technician program:

  • Pharmacy Technician Essential Functions Contract
  • Pharmacy Technician Background Check
  • Pharmacy Technician Immunization form
  • Physical Examination
  • Telephone interview with a Lakeshore Technical College Career Coach
    Please contact the Student Futures Office by phone at 920-693-1162 or by email at to arrange for an appointment.


The Pharmacy Technician program conducted by Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland, WI is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

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