Program Overview

The Pharmacy Technology Associate of Applied Science degree at Minnesota State Community and Technical College educated students on how to enhance their careers in the field of pharmacy by providing assistance to pharmacists.  Students should learn all the basics in pharmacy such as how to access patient profiles, input orders for drugs, and print labels for prescriptions.  Using the state-of-the-art labs, the course teaches students how to fill prescriptions as well as the aseptic technique for intravenous drug admixture.

Upon completion of the program students will understand the procedures and policies in hospital, retail, and industrial pharmacy, prepare and interpret orders accurately, and apply knowledge of basic sciences to their work.  Students will also be able to complete duties within legal and ethical parameters, show professionalism and responsibility, and communicate effectively with pharmacists, physicians, patients, and colleges.  This program also has general education classes which include a wide range of academic areas with an emphasis on the sciences; this will provide the student with a broad and globally-based knowledge and skill-set.  Students may be required to take developmental courses in reading, math, and writing in order to prepare them for education on a college level; whether these classes are required or not is determined by the student’s score on the Accuplacer assessment.  

A pharmacy technician is an assistant to a registered pharmacist and helps or fills in for the pharmacist in basic technical and clerical responsibilities.  Technicians must function in strict accordance with the written guidelines and procedures while under supervision from a professional pharmacist, which means it is important they have a grounded education and training.  The technician’s role allows for pharmacists to spend more time with clients on managing their prescriptions.  Those who wish to enter into this program must pass a background check, which the Minnesota Human Services licensing division requires.  Individuals who do not pass this check may be able to participate in the program but may not be able to participate in clinical and field courses.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The program is accredited by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists.


    Those entering the program must complete a background check required by the Minnesota Human Services licensing division. Individuals who do not receive a clear background check may participate in the program but may not be allowed to participate in clinical and/or field experience courses.

    School Overview

    Minnesota State Community and Technical College (“M State”) is a two-year public institution of higher education, located in the city of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Students can enroll in courses at M State’s campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. The Fergus Falls campus has a liberal arts focus, and about 75 percent of its students transfer to four-year colleges and universities after they attend M State.

    M State offers associate's degree and certificate programs. Many students at M State choose to complete the first two years of their bachelor's degree by earning a University Transfer degree at any of the or online through eCampus. M State’s eCampus offers over 25 programs and majors that can be completed entirely online.


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