Pharmacy Technology

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.

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Program Accreditation

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

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College Accreditation

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

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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 Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
CPTR 1104 Intro to Computer Tech 3 credits
HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology 2 credits
PHRM 1001 Fund Concepts of Pharmacy 1 credits
PHRM 1002 Pharmacy Calculations 2 credits
PHRM 2001 Pharmacy Prin/Prac I 4 credits
PHRM 2002 Pharmacy Prin/Prac II 5 credits
PHRM 2004 Professional Prac/Law 3 credits
PHRM 2010 Experiential/Hospital 3 credits
PHRM 2012 Experiential/Retail 3 credits
SSCI 1101 Human Relations 3 credits
BIOL 2221 Microbiology 3 credits
BIOL 2252 Anatomy & Phys I 3 credits
BIOL 2254 Anatomy & Phys II 3 credits
CHEM 1020 Intro to Chemistry 4 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
PSYC 1105 Intro to Psychology 3 credits
SPCH 1101 Intro to Public Speaking 3 credits
  G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec 3 credits
  G4: Math/Logical Elective ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3 credits
  MN Transfer Curriculum Electives 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 60 credits

Program Specific Elective Course Options


Electives for this program may be selected from the following list of courses below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits

Math/Logical Reasoning Electives

MATH 1102Contemporary Math 3 credits
MATH 1110College Algebra 3 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

1. Student will complete all assigned tasks and duties according policies and procedures governing hospital, retail, and industrial pharmacy.
2. Student will perform proficiently and professionally as a Pharmacy Technician in hospital, retail, and industrial environments.
3. Student will prepare and interpret pharmacy orders accurately and proficiently.
4. Student will exhibit work ethic characteristics of professionalism, responsibility, and dependability.
5. Student will apply principles of basic sciences to the practice of pharmacy technology.
6. Student will communicate effectively with patients, physicians, and colleagues based upon respect for the dignity and worth of each person.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Job Openings

Counselors are available in the Career Center to assist with career advising, job search resources, employer connections, occupational descriptions, employment outlook, earnings, education/training requirements and sources.

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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.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Danika Braaten
  • Pharmacy Technology Instructor
  • (218) 793-2568