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

  • 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

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.

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.

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