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UW Health Pharmacy Technician Training Program FAQ

Contact Information


Phone: (608) 890-8057

Fax: (608) 263-9424


UW Hospital and Clinics

Attn: JoAnna Gollmer

Mail Code 9457

600 Highland Ave.

Madison, WI 53792

UW Health pharmacy technician training: Two pharmacy technicians in pharmacyThe 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:

  • Retail
  • Hospital
  • Nuclear
  • Mail order
  • U.S. military
  • Inventory management
  • Managed care facilities
  • Sales/marketing
  • Technology
  • 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
  • reports the national median salary in April 2015 is $32,369 per year or $16 per hour across the United States.
  • On average, 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?


The length of the program is 18 weeks, including didactic/classroom time, lab time and experiential training.


What is the cost of the program?


The cost of the program is $3,400. This fee is all-inclusive, though additional parking fees may apply during experiential training. 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
  • CPR Certification
  • One free year membership to the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW)
  • Metro bus pass - valid for duration of program

A limited number of individuals will be hired as UW Health pharmacy technician employees prior to the start of the program. If you are selected for employment, you will be placed in the program at no cost to you; with the understanding that you will work for at least 24 months within the UW Health Pharmacy Department. Individuals who prefer to pay tuition will have no commitment to work for UW Health at the end of the program.


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
  • Typical physical requirements: (Medium) Ability to lift up to 50 pounds maximum with frequent lifting/and or carrying objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Technicians may be required to stand for long periods of time.