Please fill out the following form if you are applying to the UW Health Pharmacy Technician Training Program as a student. There is a separate form to fill out if you wish to apply as a new or current UW Health employee. If both applications apply, you may fill out both applications.
Apply as a Student
Individuals who prefer to pay tuition with no commitment to work for UW Health, please fill out the application below. If the field is required and does not apply to you, please enter “NA.”
What is the cost of the program if I am accepted into the program via the student route?
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:
All lab fees, equipment, materials and resources
Scrubs (for experiential hours in our sterile products area)
One free year membership to the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW)
Metro Transit bus pass – valid for duration of program
What are my payment options?
A $400 down payment is required upon acceptance to the program. The $400 payment will be applied to the $3,400 tuition. Payment can be paid in full prior to the start of the program, or $1,000 payments must be worked out upon acceptance into the program. We accept cash, check and credit/debit cards.
If you have any questions after applying for a student position, please call (608) 890-8057.
Jennifer Lawrence CPhT-Certified Pharmacy Technician
“The Pharmacy Technician Training Program really helped me properly prepare for the exam. I felt very comfortable taking the test and was able to answer the questions without too much difficulty. I also feel more comfortable in my job as I am better able to identify if any orders for patients do not seem correct.”
“I feel a step ahead, having taken the program. It gave me insight to all the different roles that a pharmacy technician can do. In addition, it helped me prepare for the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) exam, which I was easily able to pass.”
Peter Ranola CPhT-Certified Pharmacy Technician
“The program allowed me to get hands-on training in the various pharmacies that we learned about in the program. I was then able to get a feel for where I wanted to work, set a goal, and pursue that goal immediately.”
There are two avenues to apply to the program – as a UW Health employee (either current or new) with a 2-year work agreement and no cost for the program, or you may apply as a student with no commitment to work for UW Health and a $3,400 program fee.
Apply as a New/Current Employee
To apply to the Pharmacy Technician Training Program as an UW Health employee (either current or new), please complete the following steps:
Individuals who prefer to pay tuition with no commitment to work for UW Health, please fill out the application linked below. If accepted into the program via the student route, the cost of the program is $3,400. This fee is all-inclusive, though additional parking fees may apply during experiential training.
What are the employment outlook and average earnings?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 9% percent growth in the need for pharmacy technicians from 2014 to 2024. 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 was $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.
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 program is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
Our philosophy is to learn in a classroom environment, practice through simulated labs and do in actual patient-centered pharmacies.
There are already multiple career paths and advancements to choose from, as the role of the pharmacist continues to evolve, it continues to create more opportunities for the advancement of the pharmacy technician.
Nov. 9, 2020: Accepting applications
Jan. 8, 2021: Applications due
January 2021: Interviews
February 2021: Official notification of acceptance
Feb. 22, 2021: Class begins
April 5, 2021: Accepting applications
June 4, 2021: Applications due
June 2021: Interviews
July 2021: Official notification of acceptance
July 26, 2021: Class begins
July 26, 2021: Accepting applications
Sept. 24, 2021: Applications due
October 2021: Interviews
October 2021: Official notification of acceptance
Nov. 8, 2021: Class begins
Nov. 8, 2021: Accepting applications
Jan. 7, 2022: Applications due
January 2022: Interviews
February 2022: Official notification of acceptance
Feb. 21, 2022: Class begins
Applicants must be 18 years of age (or 17 with requirements)
Possess a high school diploma or equivalency certificate
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.
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
The training program, located in our pharmacy-specific training center, is an 18-week program, including didactic/classroom time, lab time and experiential training.
Our program is designed to teach our students everything they need to know in order to be a skilled pharmacy technician.
Our program passing rate since August 2016 is 88 percent. Upon successful completion of the program, our students sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. The current exam format started in January 2020, and we have a 100 percent passing rate. From 2017 through 2019, our passing rate was 93 percent.