Pharmacy Technician (PhT)

Complete in one year.

Infographic - Just 24 Credits

Affordable Tuition.

Infographic - Tuition Under $3000 vs competitor costs of over $14,000

No wasted time or credits.

Infographic - No Prerequisites!

Hear from recent Pharmacy Technician Students!

The Pharmacy Technician Program is a one-year certification program that prepares you for employment in a variety of healthcare environments such as hospitals, pharmacies, and nursing homes. Plus, this is the only accredited program in northern Michigan!

Pharmacy Technician Program
“Taking a leap of faith and joining the Pharmacy Technician Program through Mid was easily one of the best decisions I have made. Mid supplied so many practical tools and real-life experiences for me to get a taste of what the pharmacy industry was all about in the real world. Ashley and Nicole helped me improve my self-confidence and excel by providing hands-on training in scenarios that I could then take with me to my career. 10/10 recommend for anyone curious about the world of pharmacy.” -Rylee

"I completed Mid's Pharmacy Technician Program in 2014-2015. All of my courses were in person, with the clinical semester during the summer months. I felt like the program really helped get me ready for clinical rotation. The retail and hospital courses have lab times which are great for hands-on learners. During the clinical rotations, I saw firsthand what working in a retail or hospital pharmacy was like. After I completed the program, I was offered a position working in a hospital pharmacy and I absolutely love it!" - Emily

"This program provided me with the background knowledge that I needed to be able to do what was expected of me when I completed my training in clinical settings. The pharmacy that you are interning at treats you like a potential employee, and they watch every move to see if you have what it takes to become one of their team members. I felt very well prepared, and it showed because I was offered a job at both of my clinical locations. I have now been employed there for 3 years. I also felt prepared to be able to take my boards for my national license. In clinical settings, you learn quite a bit of different things. Retail you learn the basics of helping patients by filling their prescriptions. Along with learning how to maintain the inventory and how fast-paced the setting is. Hospital is a whole different setting The one that I attended, I learned how to set up the Omnicell’s for the nurses along with the bags for the EMTs to make sure they were all set up for when the ambulance was out called on emergency runs.Overall, I feel that if I did not complete this program I would not be where I am today." - Ashley

Why Choose Mid?

A streamlined program, inspired by you.

  • The program requires just 24 credits, and with no pre-requisite courses, you begin training on day one. Getting you through the program and into a career as quickly as possible.
  • All courses feature a hybrid format with online lectures and on-campus lab sessions.
  • Financial Aid is available for this program to help you offset costs while you train.
  • Substantial savings get you where you want to be with significantly less debt.
    • Mid's program, with in-district tuition and fees, costs $5,412.50.*
    • Compare this to competitor programs with costs reaching OVER $14,000.

One of seven accredited programs in Michigan.

  • We are one of seven programs in Michigan accredited by ASHP, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
  • Accreditation is the act of granting recognition, especially to an educational institution that maintains quality and compliance with the ASHP standards.
  • ASHP is the only nationally-recognized, non-governmental, non-profit pharmacy association that accredits pharmacy technician training programs in the United States.

Clinical sites close to home.

  • Mid's clinical sites range from Cadillac to Alma – and from Midland to Mt. Pleasant. Established hospital and retail sites with reputations for excellence provide you with hands-on experiential training.

Career ready.

  • Start in the fall, and by summer you're career ready.
  • Many employers only hire technicians who have completed training through an accredited program.
  • Local employers are in constant communication with program leadership regarding employment openings.
  • Program graduates are often offered jobs immediately after completing their clinical, or even while still in the program.


Work Environment

  • Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies, including those found in grocery and drug stores, and in hospitals. Most work full time, but many work part time. Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals.
  • All pharmacy technicians work in clean, well lighted, well ventilated areas.

How to Become a Pharmacy Technician

  • Becoming a pharmacy technician usually requires earning a high school diploma or the equivalent. Pharmacy technicians typically complete a post-secondary education program, or they may learn through on-the-job training. Most states regulate pharmacy technicians, which is a process that may require passing an exam for certification.
  • Mid's comprehensive training program has laboratory course instruction which emphasizes hands-on skill development. Communication, teamwork, and conflict management are emphasized.
  • Coursework prepares students for the national certification exam.

Job/Career Outlook


  • If certified in Michigan About $12.24 - $16.16/hour (average $14.34)
  • If not certified in Michigan Up to $12.24 - $15.27/hourly (average $13.69)
  • Nationally $14.10/hour (average)
  • The median annual wage for pharmacy technicians in Michigan is $29,990.

Employment Outlook (2014-2024)*

  • 9% projected growth - Faster than average.

* Information from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014 figures.

Research Careers

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Summary Report for Pharmacy Technicians

Mid Named in Top Seven Pharmacy Technician Schools in Michigan


Michigan is the 10th most populous and the 11th largest state in the country. This, along with higher medical needs of an aging population and excellent advances in the pharmaceutical field convert to brilliant prospects for pharmacy technicians in Michigan. We've ranked Michigan's top 7 ASHP accredited pharmacy technician schools, and Mid Michigan College received recognition. The schools on this list, including Mid Michigan College, are known to have consistently delivered successful academic programs at an affordable cost.

Beginning Fall 2017, any student accepted to the Pharmacy Technician Program, will be enrolled under the Certificate Program. The Training Credential Program will no longer be offered. Students currently enrolled in the Training Credential Program will remain in the program, and will be the last cohort to graduate under this program. Please note changes to the curriculum by reviewing the Pharmacy Technician Program: Certificate Program packet.

Campus Safety, Security, and Non Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Information

In its commitment to providing a safe environment, Mid Michigan College actively endeavors to broaden our diversity, promote equal opportunity and prohibits any form of discrimination in its programs, activities, and conditions of admission or employment. Learn more about these efforts and policies by visiting ,,

Mid strongly encourages anyone who observes or experiences any acts of harassment, discrimination, inequitable treatment, or sexual misconduct to report the incident and seek assistance from the College’s Title IX/Civil Rights Coordinator as follows:

Martricia (Tricia) Farrell, Director of College Compliance & Ethics, Title IX/Civil Rights Coordinator; 1375 S. Clare Ave., Harrison, MI 48625, Office: Business Services & Payroll, Room 205; 2600 S. Summerton Rd., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858. Office: Center for Liberal Arts & Business, Room 168C (located inside Library and Learning Services) ; (989) 386-6622 x394;

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