Pharmacy technician preparing medication

Pharmacy technician certificate education at Mayo Clinic

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Program description

The 20-week Pharmacy Technician Program at Mayo Clinic is offered at multiple campus locations. The program is available to students located in Rochester, Minnesota; Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; Mankato, Minnesota; La Crosse, Wisconsin; and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It is a comprehensive certificate program where you will graduate feeling prepared and confident for your next steps as a pharmacy technician.

Pharmacy technicians have an expanding role in health care. They are responsible for working with pharmacists to fill prescriptions, as well as prepare and distribute medications and other pharmaceutical products. This role is highly interactive and a great fit for those who enjoy customer service and working directly with patients.

Choosing Mayo Clinic

Our program focuses solely on the skills needed as a pharmacy technician, making it one of the most affordable programs in the area and is designed to be valuable, accessible, and flexible for all students. With online learning mixed with in-person simulation coursework and rotations, this type of learning environment allows for a better fit with your schedule and aspirations.

Program highlights:

  • A curriculum that includes three months of online, classroom, and lab education, and two months of clinical rotations. This approach puts you on a fast track toward your career.
  • Training experiences in our state-of-the-art pharmacy simulation labs.
  • A program that prepares you for a career with continually expanding advancement opportunities in new areas of specialization, including compounding, purchasing, pediatrics, oncology, and research.

Our training is focused on developing Mayo Clinic's future workforce — meaning that after graduation, if students are the right candidates and positions are available, many of our graduates go on to work at Mayo Clinic directly out of training. However, you’ll be fully prepared for your first day on the job, wherever that may be.

"There's always an opportunity to move up"


"There's always an opportunity to move up"

Katie DeWitt

Student stories

Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix, Arizona.
Campus and community

Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ

Mayo Clinic campus in Jacksonville, Florida.
Campus and community

Jacksonville, FL

Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota.
Campus and community

Rochester, MN

Behind the scenes: Pharmacy technician


Behind the scenes: Pharmacy technician

Explore what a pharmacy technician does

Pharmacy technicians obtain, prepare, and distribute medications and pharmaceutical products in a variety of settings. With increased responsibilities and advancement opportunities, this role has grown into an attractive and rewarding lifelong career.

Accreditation information

The Pharmacy Technician Program at Mayo Clinic is an advanced-level accredited pharmacy technician education and training program by the following organizations:

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
4500 East West Highway #900
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (866) 279-0681

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
190 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 664-3575

In addition, the Pharmacy Technician Program is a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board-recognized education/training program.

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
2215 Constitution Avenue NW
Suite 101
Washington, DC 20037

For further details, see the accreditation information for Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.