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UW Health Pharmacy Technician Training Program: Learn, Practice, Do

Contact Information

If you would like to discuss your future career as a pharmacy technician, please contact program director Jennifer Kuipers, CPhT:

PharmTechTraining
@uwhealth.org

(608) 890-6630

UW Health pharmacy technician training: Pharmacy technicianThe 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.

What does a pharmacy technician learn?

  • Pharmacy Practice: including introduction to pharmacy and patient care, prescription/medication order processing, equipment and facilities, medication preparation, medication distribution
  • Law and ethics relating to pharmacy and health care
  • Medical terminology
  • Pharmaceutical calculations
  • Medication safety and quality assurance
  • Inventory, purchasing and reimbursement
  • Pharmacology: the study of drugs on various systems of the body
  • Communication
  • Professional development

What does a pharmacy technician practice?

UW Health Pharmacy Technician trainees learn essentially everything they will do as a pharmacy technician:

  • Measure, mix, count, label and record amounts of dosages of medications
  • Receive written prescriptions or refill requests and verify information is correct
  • Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs
  • Fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix appropriate labels
  • Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information
  • Price and file filled prescriptions
  • Clean and maintain equipment and work areas
  • Establish and maintain patient profiles, including lists of medications, taken by individual patients
  • Order, label and stock medications and supplies
  • Enter and maintain inventory into the computer system
  • Sterile product preparation
  • Prepare and process medical insurance claim forms and records
  • Mix pharmaceutical preparations
  • Operate cash register and accept payment
  • Deliver medications and supplies to patients
  • Price stock and mark items for sale
  • Maintain and merchandise over-the-counter medications, products and supplies
  • Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests when appropriate

What does a pharmacy technician do?

UW Health Pharmacy Technician trainees put into practice in a real pharmacy environment everything they have learned and practiced:

  • Measure, mix, count, label and record amounts of dosages of medications
  • Receive written prescriptions or refill requests and verify information is correct
  • Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs
  • Fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix appropriate labels
  • Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information
  • Price and file prescriptions that have been filled
  • Clean and maintain equipment and work areas
  • Establish and maintain patient profiles, including lists of medications, taken by individual patients
  • Order, label and stock medications and supplies
  • Enter and maintain inventory into the computer system
  • Sterile product preparation
  • Prepare and process medical insurance claim forms and records
  • Mix pharmaceutical preparations
  • Operate cash register and accept payment
  • Deliver medications and supplies to patients
  • Price stock and mark items for sale
  • Maintain and merchandise over-the-counter medications, products and supplies
  • Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests when appropriate