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Pharmacy Technician Associate of Applied Science Degree

Location(s): In Person

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Program Overview

Major ID: 310A

Program Start Dates: Fall - General Education credits can be taken any term

Pharmacy technicians play an integral role in assisting pharmacists with medication dispensing. Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, drug stores, and other medical settings. Pharmacy technicians perform a variety of duties that require strong attention to detail. Pharmacy Technicians perform duties such as, entering prescription orders into the computer, preparing medications for pharmacist verification (including measuring and sometimes mixing the medication), maintaining accurate patient records, performing calculations, and providing customer service.

This program prepares students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

Career Opportunities

Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, drug stores, specialty pharmacies, and insurance company settings. Employment projections indicate an increase of 32% from 2010 to 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates will have skills to provide medications to patients including ordering stocking and packaging.
  2. Graduates will understand and apply skills in institutional setting in sterile product processing.
  3. Graduates will have mastered the general education requirements for work and life.
  4. Graduates will be able to perform administrative duties in a variety of pharmacy related workplace settings.
  5. Graduates will apply appropriate customer service skills in a hospital or retail based pharmacy.
  6. Graduates will be prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.
  7. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of all regulations that govern pharmacy technicians.
  8. Graduates will perform duties as a pharmacy technician in retail and hospital environments.
  9. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to prepare and interpret pharmacy orders accurately.
  10. Graduates will exhibit work ethic characteristics of professionalism, responsibility and dependability.
  11. Graduates will apply knowledge of basic sciences to the practice of pharmacy technology.
  12. Graduates will demonstrate ability to communicate with patients, health care providers and colleagues.

Program Faculty

Sabrina Hemmerling

Additional Program Material Costs

Students should expect to spend approximately $750.00 beyond the cost of tuition and fees for books, supplies, uniforms, parking at internship site, and professional fees. There are additional fees for the certification exam and board of pharmacy registration (see below).


  • Certification Exam $129.00
  • Minnesota Board of Pharmacy Registration $50

Program Guidelines

  1. Attend required orientation session after program acceptance.
  2. Must complete vaccination requirements directed by faculty at required program orientation session.
  3. Must pass MN Department of Health and Human Services Background study.
  4. Complete Basic Life Support for Healthcare provider (BLS) or CPR/First Aid before the end first semester pharmacy courses.

Transfer Opportunities 

Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to saintpaul.edu/Transfer.

Program Requirements

All courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Subtotal: 43 Credits

General Education/MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Course List for each Goal Area

General Education Requirements: 17 Credits

Course Sequence

The following course sequence is recommended for a full-time student; however, the sequence is not required. Not all courses are offered each semester; a selection of courses is offered summer term. Students should consult with Program Advisor each semester.

All courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better. Students must meet minimum program entry requirements.

Total Semester Credits: 16

Total Semester Credits: 14

Total Semester Credits: 16

Total Semester Credits: 14

Recommended Supplemental Courses:

  The following optional courses reinforce the basic skills required for attaining proficiency in performing pharmacy technician procedures.

Total Program Credits: 60

Saint Paul College’s Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Information is subject to change. This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0722  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0900  

Writing: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0922  or EAPP 0900  

Quant. Reasoning, Algebra & Stats: Score of 250+ or Adv. Algebra & Functions: Score of 215+ or grade of “C” or better in MATH 0910  

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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