UW Health Pharmacy Technician Training Program FAQ
If you would like to discuss your future career as a pharmacy technician, please contact program director Jennifer Kuipers, CPhT:
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 then do these things in real, patient-centered pharmacy practice environments.
Where would I work?
- A number of different types of pharmacies: Retail, hospital, independent, nuclear, mail order
- Long-term care facilities
- Home health care
- U.S. military
- Inventory management
- Managed care facilities
- Management/staff supervision
What are the employment outlook and average earnings?
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 32 percent growth in the need for pharmacy technicians from 2010-2020
- Ranked fast-growing and fast-changing industry 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
- National salary range is $24,262 to $36,787 per year on average across the United States
- National salary average for a certified pharmacy technician is $28,168 to $43,002 per year
- Excellent health care insurance and benefits, frequently including paid vacation time, 401(k) and bonuses
What is the length of the program?
The length of the program is approximately 20 weeks. This includes the combination of didactic/classroom time, lab time and experiential training.
What is the typical class schedule like?
In the UW Hospital and Clinics training program, classes are held Monday through Thursday from 8am to 4:30pm.
What is the cost of the program?
The current cost of the program is $2,000 due one week prior to the first day of class unless otherwise arranged ahead of time with program director. This fee is all-inclusive and there will be no additional expenses directly related to the program. Tuition includes the following:
- Tuition: 640 contact training hours (didactic/classroom, lab and clinical/experiential hours)
- Required textbooks (any non-required textbooks may be purchased separately)
- All lab fees, equipment, materials and resources
- Lab coat rental fee
- Disposable scrubs (for experiential hours in our sterile products area)
- One-time PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) exam fee
- First Aid/CPR Certification
What are my payment options?
We accept cash or check only. Flexible payment plans are available and up to the discretion of the program director. Payment arrangements must be worked out upon acceptance into the program.
How do I apply?
In order to apply, you must first meet the following minimum requirements:
- At least 18 years of age upon application
- Possess a high school diploma or equivalency certificate
- Have a minimum of two years professional work experience (resume and references required)
After I apply, then what?
Once your application is received, the program director will review your information and call you to schedule an on-site interview. Upon acceptance into the program, you will receive a letter detailing the instructions of our onboarding process as. This includes a background check, drug testing, and health assessment. For this reason, applications should be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the start of class.