Pharmacy Technology

  • Credits: 60
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Program Overview

The Pharmacy Technician works as an assistant to a Registered Pharmacist, assisting or relieving the Pharmacist in routine technical and clerical duties and functioning in strict accordance with standard written procedures and guidelines under the supervision of the professional Pharmacist. A.A.S. graduates have enhanced potential for upward progression in the career of Pharmacy, as the general education component gives the student a well-rounded foundation of knowledge. Students, using their own laptop computers, learn how to access patient profiles, input drug orders, and print prescription labels. They learn how to fill prescriptions and aseptic technique for intravenous drug admixture in the College's state-of-the art teaching lab.


The significant change in the health care delivery system has created excellent job opportunities for the Pharmacy Technician. Graduates are employed in hospital, retail, or related industrial settings.

The employment outlook for pharmacy technicians in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 24.9%, a very high growth career.

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Program Courses

View semester schedule by campus: East Grand Forks

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
CPTR 1104 Intro to Computer Tech 3
HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology 2
PHRM 1001 Fund Concepts of Pharmacy 1
PHRM 1002 Pharmacy Calculations 2
PHRM 2001 Pharmacy Prin/Prac I 4
PHRM 2002 Pharmacy Prin/Prac II 5
PHRM 2004 Professional Prac/Law 3
PHRM 2010 Experiential/Hospital 3
PHRM 2012 Experiential/Retail 3
SSCI 1101 Human Relations 3
BIOL 2221 Microbiology 3
BIOL 2252 Anatomy & Phys I 3
BIOL 2254 Anatomy & Phys II 3
CHEM 1020 Intro to Chemistry 4
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3
PSYC 1105 Intro to Psychology 3
SPCH 1101 Intro to Public Speaking 3
  G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec 3
  G4: Math/Logical Elective ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3
  MN Transfer Curriculum Electives 3

Area of Interest Elective Course Options

For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
G4: Math/Logical Reasoning Electives
MATH 1102 Contemporary Math 3
MATH 1110 College Algebra 3

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Program Specific Requirements

  1. MATH 0080 or an Accuplacer score of 50 or highter must be completed before entering any PHRM courses.

  2. Completion and approval for clinical participation of the Minnesota Department of Humans Services Licensing Division Background Study prior to enrollment in PHRM courses. Completion and approval for clinical participation of a National Background Study through Verified Credentials cost $50.

  3. All required courses for the program must be completed with a grade of C or better.

  4. Completion of the College Health Screening & Immunization form.

  5. Refer to the Program Handbook for time limits on transfer of technical and general education credits and for specific program progression policies.


  • Health and Human Services students must comply with both Minnesota law and clinical facility requirements related to immunizations and background screenings.
  • Students who do not comply with the required health and immunization requirements may not be permitted to attend clinical which WILL affect program progression and completion.

Program Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The program is accredited by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists.

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Program Faculty

  • Danika Braaten
  • Pharmacy Technology Instructor
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
  • Tel: (218) 793-2568
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282

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