Pharmacy Technician Overview


According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Pharmacy Technicians is expected to increase by 32 percent from 2010-2020, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. In Michigan alone 527 new jobs are expected to be created every year through 2020 (24% increase). This innovative one-year certificate program was designed meet this specific need.


Marygrove College offers a one year, cohort based, credit certificate that prepares students to become Pharmacy Technicians. This is a three consecutive semester program that begins in September and January. Students who complete the program and pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam will be qualified to work in pharmacies across the country and in Michigan as nationally certified Pharmacy Technicians.


  • Qualifies students to be able to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s national exam and begin working with pharmacists immediately;
  • Is an excellent program for students who need to quickly retrain for a new career due to a layoff or other economic hardship;
  • Offers exceptional personal attention from faculty and staff and the faculty are pharmacists (not pharmacy technicians).
  • Classes are offered at convenient times allowing students to keep daytime jobs.
  • The Pharmacy Technician program’s 24 credit hours (excludes the externship) are applicable to a Marygrove College associate’s or bachelor’s degree program when the student pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.


Marygrove College has lowered this program’s tuition rate to keep this unique career training program affordable and we also encourage students to apply for federal and state financial aid.*

*The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is required to determine eligibility for all federal and state financial aid programs and most of Marygrove College’s aid programs. To learn more about financial aid and to apply, visit the Financial Aid site ( or call 313-927-1692.

Program Requirements


Complete the Undergraduate Admissions Application via paper or online; provide a copy of your high school transcripts or GED test scores; and official transcripts from all previous colleges attended.

Academic Requirements

The Pharmacy Technician program requires a minimum of 24 credit hours and a 3 or 6 credit hour internship to complete.