Pharmacy Technician Requirements and Application

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From submitting your application to admission to registration, Northwood Tech is available to help guide you through the admissions process. To help you successfully complete this program, Northwood Tech has developed a set of program requirements and functional ability criteria. For students with a disability, reasonable accommodations are available to help you be successful in the program of your choice. 


Admission Requirements

The first step to get admitted is to fill out a Northwood Tech application, and Northwood Tech will guide you from there. If you're not quite ready to become a student, visit a campus to get the full Northwood Tech experience. A campus tour will give you the opportunity to meet staff, instructors and students, tour the campus and get a real feel for the campus culture. 

2021-2022 Pharmacy Technician Additional Program Information

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Submit Background Check fee
  • Have an acceptable Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check, National Criminal Background Check Minnesota Caregiver Background Check (if applicable), and other states if applicable
  • Pass a physical exam, have current immunizations and demonstrate negative status for tuberculosis (Tb)
    • Decision to not receive vaccinations may limit ability to obtain clinical placement based upon meeting site placement requirements
  • Review and sign Health Sciences Confidentiality Statement
  • Possess current certification of "CPR for Healthcare Providers" or equivalent
  • Participate in a mandatory program orientation session
  • Pass a mandatory drug test

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Pharmacy Technician Student Handbook 2021-22

Agreement for Clinical-Student Signature

Professionalism-Student Signature

Pharmacy Technician Orientation-Fall 2021

2021-22 Academic Calendar

2021-22 PhT Curriculum Checklist for New Richmond and Superior. Curriculum Checklists are to be used as a guide. Although your academic advisor can provide guidance, you are ultimately responsible for selecting courses that meet a program's graduation requirements. 

  • Background Checks

    • The clinical agencies that host the Northwood Tech PhT students have significantly increased their demands for background check scrutiny over the past several years. Background checks will be completed on all PhT students prior to the first clinical placement. In the meantime, Northwood Tech wants to ensure students understand, prior to the start of the program, that if there are no clinical agencies that will accept the student based on the background check history, the student must be excused from the PhT program, regardless of the student's academic standing. This is explained in further detail in the Background Check Disclosure form listed above, under Admission Requirements. 

    • All PhT students are required to complete a Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check and a National Criminal Background Check, which must be completed through CastleBranch. (New Richmond, Superior

    • In addition to that, if you are a student who will complete a clinical rotation in Minnesota, you will also be required to complete a Minnesota Caregiver Background Check. Your Program Instructor/Advisor will inform you if a Minnesota background check is needed. 

      • MN Department of Human Services (DHS) Background Studies

      • The MN Dept. of Health Services NETStudy 2.0 background study requires all persons who provide services to children and vulnerable adults to be fingerprinted and photographed. 
      • Students will be required to provide Northwood Tech a copy of an Acceptable Form of ID for DHS Background studies (scroll down to What documents can be used to verify ID?), the completed MN DHS Data Worksheet and $42. 
      • Northwood Tech staff will verify the information provided and enter it into the MN DHS website. Background Study subjects will receive an email from IDEMIA/IdentoGO that includes an individual specific tracking number called a Universal Enrollment Identification (UE ID). The email will be sent within a few minutes of the background study application being submitted in NETStudy 2.0 by the provider. The email includes instructions for study subjects to use IDEMIA's pre-enrollment system and information on locating a fingerprint location.
      • Students MUST present a form of ID to be fingerprinted and photographed. Students will be required to pay the $9.50 fee at the fingerprint and photo location. Visit MN DHS/IDEMIA Transition for information on fingerprinting and photo locations.
      • Within 14 days of receiving the email from IDEMIA/IdentoGO, students must be fingerprinted and photographed. If not completed within 14 days, the above process and fee payment will need to be repeated. 
      • Background Study Notice of Privacy Practices
    • Your instructor will indicate a due date and to whom the paperwork should be sent.  After background checks are completed, students are expected to self report any changes.  

  • Health Form and Directions 

    • 1. Complete the Health Form and save it.

    • 2. Follow instructions for submission.

  • Uniforms

    • Uniforms

      • The uniform dress code is identified in your Student Handbook. This link provides a list of websites and local uniform shops that sell uniforms. 

  • Complete and Give to your Instructor

  • Additional Information 

Pharmacy Technician Withdrawal

  •  Instructions for Withdrawal from PhT Core Courses
    • If you are at this webpage, it means your PhT Academic Advisor has been notified that you dropped your PhT course (536-xxx) courses.
      • If you are withdrawing from your PhT core (536-xxx) courses, the PhT program would like to gather data regarding your decision to withdraw.  This data is useful in the PhT planning process.  Thank you for providing this information.
      • Please carefully review the Withdrawal from the PhT Program form.  You may complete the form electronically and email to or print and mail this form within one month of your exiting the program to the following address:
        • Jami Wallace
        • Northwood Technical College
        • 1019 S Knowles Ave
        • New Richmond WI  54017
      • If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Jami Wallace, PhT Program Director, at or 715.752.8096.

Technology Requirements

If using Macintosh or Linux based computers, coursework must be submitted using your Office365 tools provided with your WITC email account. It is important to verify with your Program Faculty if non-Windows based computers are acceptable in the program.

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Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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