Applying to the Pharmacy Technician Training Program as a Student

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:

  • Required textbooks
  • All lab fees, equipment, materials and resources
  • 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 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.

Contact Information

Employee Position
Call Human Resources at (608) 263-6500

Student Position
Call JoAnna Gollmer Stremick at (608) 890-8057

Address
3185 Deming Way
Middleton, WI 53562-1435

Testimonials

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.”

Veronica Drinka
CPhT-Certified Pharmacy Technician

“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.”

Applying as a New or Current Employee

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:

Apply to the program as an EMPLOYEE

  1. Return to careers.uwhealth.org
  2. Type “Pharmacy Technician” in the keyword box
  3. Click on “Pharmacy Technician – Dispensing (Full-Time) (Training/Certification Opportunity)”

If you are accepted into the program as an employee:

  • There is no cost for the program
  • You are paid 40 hours a week while in the training program
  • There is a two-year work agreement
  • Additional costs may apply (i.e. parking or purchasing of books – both optional)

If you have any questions after applying for an employee position, please call Human Resources at (608) 263-6500.

Applying to the Program

There are two avenues to apply to the program:

  • As a UW Health employee with a two-year work agreement and no cost for the program. This applies to both current UW Health employees and those seeking employment.
  • As a student with no commitment to work for UW Health and a $3,400 program fee.

Apply as a Current/Potential Employee

Information if you are accepted into the program as an employee:

  • There is no cost for the program
  • You are paid 40 hours a week while in the training program
  • There is a two-year work agreement
  • Additional costs may apply (i.e. parking or purchasing of books – both optional)

Apply as an employee

Apply as a Student

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.

Apply as a student

Employee Outlook and Earnings

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.

What do pharmacy technicians do?

What do pharmacy technicians learn in our program?

  • Pharmacology for Technicians
  • Pharmacy Law and Regulations
  • Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • Medication Safety
  • Pharmacy Quality Assurance
  • Medication Order Entry and Fill Process
  • Pharmacy Inventory Management
  • Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement
  • Pharmacy Information Systems Usage and Application
  • Professional Development 

What is it like to be a UW Health pharmacy technician?

Pharmacy Technician Training Program

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.

Recruitment Timeline

  • April 6, 2020: Accepting applications
  • June 5, 2020: Applications due
  • June 2020: Interviews
  • July 2020: Official notification of acceptance
  • July 27, 2020: Class begins
  • July 27, 2020: Accepting applications
  • Sept. 25, 2020: Applications due
  • October 2020: Interviews
  • October 2020: Official notification of acceptance
  • Nov. 9, 2020: Class begins
  • Nov. 9, 2020: Accepting applications
  • Jan. 8, 2021: Applications due
  • January 2021: Interviews
  • February 2021: Official notification of acceptance
  • Feb. 22, 2021: Class begins

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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.

Accreditation/Recognition

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board logoAmerican Society of Health-System Pharmacists logo
Pharmacy Technician Certification BoardAmerican Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Program Overview

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.