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.

According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Pharmacy Technician in the state of Minnesota is $16.07 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 6.2%, a high-growth career.

Program Courses

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
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

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 credits
MATH 1110 College Algebra 3 credits

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