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Pharmacy Technician Program

The Pharmacy Technician diploma program at Dorsey Schools provides the career training you need to enter and excel in this fast-growing branch of the medical field. Students will receive comprehensive training in the best practices for dispensing medications, mathematics commonly applied in the field, pharmacy law and ethics, medical terminology and abbreviations, anatomy and physiology, and more.

Additional Program Information:

  • Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician is required in the State of Michigan for employment in this field.
  • Verification of high school graduation or its equivalent (a General Education Development “G.E.D.” High School Equivalency Certificate) and passing a mandatory background check is required for continued enrollment in the Pharmacy Technician program.
  • Program tuition includes one complimentary laboratory coat. In addition, Dorsey Schools will pay the cost one time for graduates of this program to challenge a certification exam as selected by Dorsey Schools, contingent upon the graduate meeting Dorsey Schools exam preparation requirements.
  • The opportunity to learn the uses, dosages, and side effects of medications (generic and brand name, prescription, non-prescription, and alternative)
  • Exposure to pharmacy operations, which include strong communication and customer service skills
  • Introduction to the language of medicine and building a proficient medical vocabulary that relates to the structure of the body, common diseases, treatment, laboratory tests, and medical and pharmacological abbreviations
  • Coverage of basic pharmacy practices, laws, and regulations
  • At the completion of this program, each student will take part in an externship in a supervised, ambulatory pharmacy setting under the direct supervision of a pharmacist and his/her staff
  • Graduates of this program will be eligible to challenge a national Pharmacy Technician Certification exam.
  • Lansing Campus
  • Saginaw Campus
  • Southgate Campus
  • Wayne-Westland Campus

Pharmacy Technician Career Outlook

A career as a pharmacy technician can be challenging, rewarding, and secure (especially in regard to the aging baby boomer generation aging and their need for more medications). Standard duties associated with this position include assisting the pharmacist in measuring, mixing, counting, labeling dosages of medications, billing insurance companies and more. Pharmacy technician positions can be found within pharmacies, drug stores, hospitals, and department stores, grocery stores, and general merchandise stores with in-store pharmacies.

  • According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Pharmacy Technicians is projected to grow by 9% from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations.a
  • In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow by 8.5% from 2014 to 2024.b

Enroll in the Pharmacy Technician program at Dorsey Schools today and get the career training you need to become an integral member of a pharmaceutical healthcare team.

  • Central Pharmacy
  • Community Prescription Support Program
  • Downs Pharmacy
  • Meijer Pharmacy
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • MSU Clinical Center Pharmacy
  • Rite Aide Pharmacy
  • Med Cart Pharmacy
  • Menard Sav-Mor Pharmacy
  • St. John Providence Pharmacy
  • Walgreens Pharmacy
  • Wal-Mart Pharmacy
  • …and more!

Why Choose Dorsey

Dorsey Schools is a respected post-secondary institution, having trained and taught quality graduates in Michigan since 1934. At Dorsey Schools, you’re not just a number. You have specific goals; goals that are unique to you as an individual and as a student at Dorsey Schools, we’re going to work hard to help you reach those goals. Our instructors and administrators know students individually and they care about each individual student. In addition, our schools are designed to help students throughout their time with us from the Admissions process through Financial Aid to Career Services, our administrators are readily available. Here at Dorsey Schools, we have a strong commitment to our students and the communities in which they live and work.

  • Small Class Sizes: Many of our lecture classes have a maximum of a 30:1 student to teacher ratio (some may be up to 40:1, it varies by campus), and most lab classes have a maximum of an 18:1 student to teacher ratio, allowing students to receive personal attention and the one-on-one guidance needed for success.
  • Quality Instructors: Our industry-experienced instructors are dedicated and committed to our students’ success. Every Dorsey Schools instructor meets or exceeds State of Michigan and accreditation criteria, guidelines, and qualifications. It’s not uncommon for Dorsey students to see their instructors as their coach and mentor throughout their studies.
  • Hands-on Training: We provide our students with program-specific curriculum dedicated to assist them in learning the skills needed for that specific career. Learning at Dorsey Schools often takes place in both lecture and lab settings allowing students the ability to practice the skills they are learning. Many of our programs also include an Externship prior to graduation, designed to model the work environment students may experience upon Graduation.*
  • Short-Term Training Programs: Many of the programs at Dorsey Schools can be completed in a year or less, allowing you to complete your training in a relatively short period of time.**
  • TEN Convenient Campus Locations: We have TEN campus locations (Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Lansing, Madison Heights, Roseville, Saginaw, Southgate, Taylor, Waterford-Pontiac, Wayne-Westland) prepared to assist the people of Michigan develop skills needed for exciting new career opportunities. Each of our campuses has a dedicated staff available to help you throughout your studies.
  • Convenient Class Schedules: We realize our students are busy and often juggle commitments outside of school. As a result, we offer Day, Afternoon, and Evening classes*** designed to fit your schedule.
  • Tuition Planning: Each of our campuses has Financial Aid Representatives available to meet with students and discuss financing options. We realize the Financial Aid process can be difficult to understand, but our team will help students understand the process and options available to them. Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.
  • Career Services: Each of our campuses has Career Services professionals dedicated to offer employment assistance to all eligible graduates. In addition, Dorsey Schools has developed relationships with employers in Michigan which, when coupled with the job search skills students learn, creates positive employment possibilities for our graduates. Dorsey Schools is your Career Connection™.

*Programs vary by campus
**Completion time varies by program
***Availability varies by campus


aBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (visited July 11, 2016).

bMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Pharmacy Technicians (SOC Code: 29-2052), http://milmi.mt.gov/ (visited July 11, 2016).

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