UW Health Pharmacy Technician Training Program FAQ
The UW Health Pharmacy Technician Training Program in Madison, Wisconsin, has been designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to be successful in your career as a pharmacy technician.
Our philosophy is to learn in a classroom environment, practice through simulated labs, and do in actual patient-centered pharmacies.
Where would I work?
Here is only a partial list:
- Mail order
- U.S. military
- Inventory management
- Managed care facilities
- Management/staff supervision
- Long-term care facilities
- Home health care
What are the employment outlook and average earnings?
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 20% percent growth in the need for pharmacy technicians from 2012 to 2022. The growth rate is ranked as "faster than average" by the Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Certified and formally trained pharmacy technicians tend to have a higher pay and greater opportunity in more areas, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Salary.com reports the national median salary in April 2015 is $32,369 per year or $16 per hour across the United States.
- On average, Salary.com calculates the total compensation package for a pharmacy technician at $48,960 per year. This includes insurance and other benefits, such as paid vacation time, 401(k) and bonuses.
What is the length of the program?
Program options range from 19 to 28 weeks. This includes the combination of didactic/classroom time, lab time and experiential training. Classes are held Monday through Thursday with a variety of class and lab times available.
What is the cost of the program?
The cost of the program is $3,250 (to be increased to $3,400 in the fall of 2016). This fee is all-inclusive and there will be no additional expenses directly related to the program. Tuition includes the following:
- Contact training hours including classroom, simulation and experiential hours
- Required textbooks
- All lab fees, equipment, materials and resources
- Disposable scrubs (for experiential hours in our sterile products area)
- One-time PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) exam fee
- First Aid/CPR Certification
- One free year membership to the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW)
What are my payment options?
We accept cash or check only. Payment plans are available and up to the discretion of the program director. Payment arrangements must be worked out upon acceptance into the program.
What are the minimum qualifications to apply?
In order to apply, you must meet the following minimum requirements:
- 18 years of age (17 years of age with minimum requirements)
- Possess a high school diploma or equivalency certificate by completion of didactic/lab portion of program
After I apply, then what?
Once your application is received, the program director will review your information. This starts a three-step process. The first step starts with scheduling a phone interview. The second step is a face-to-face interview. The third step is securing a seat in the class. Securing a seat in the class is done by submitting your deposit and successfully completing our onboarding process. The onboarding process includes a background check, drug testing, health assessment and attending New Employee Orientation. For this reason, applications should be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the start of class.