Pharmacy Technician

The Wisconsin Health Services—Pharmacy YA Program is designed to provide students with a working understanding of core employability and pharmacy technician skills, as well as occupational skills that serve as the standard for pathways in the pharmacy industry. This program provides the framework for educators and industry to work together to produce work ready, entry-level employees that will compete favorably in a global market, as well as provide for post-secondary educational advancement while integrating work-based learning in the school and worksite.

Student Testimonial

“Dr. Hastreiter has given me an opportunity to work at Walgreens as a first step in pursuit of my goal as a pharmacist. His guidance and feedback, along with the other pharmacists and staff have helped me to learn in a hands-on environment. This experience has been extremely positive for me. It has solidified my desire to be a pharmacist.”

Garrett Garcia, Class of 2019, Middleton

Frequently asked questions


Pharmacy Technicians prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. You may measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders. On the job, you would:

  • Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.
  • Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications and type and affix labels.
  • Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests.

Entrance Criteria

  • Entering junior or senior status
  • Display a genuine interest in the Health Pathway
  • Have previously enrolled in introductory pathway-specific courses
  • Register for concurrent related courses
  • Submit a completed application along with references
  • Interview effectively and get hired
  • Maintain a high level of attendance
  • Secure transportation to the job
  • On track for high school graduation


Students enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician program will have the opportunity to take the DCSC Tuesday evening, “Pharmacy Technician” training program (Pharmacy Course Flyer). This course typically runs from 4:30-7 p.m. on Wednesdays during the school calendar. Other options include the Penn Foster Pharmacy Tech program.

Business Partners that support Youth Apprenticeship: