Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Tech

Pharmacy Technician General Info

Pharmacy technicians work under the care of a licensed pharmacist and perform many pharmacy related functions. Job duties include providing medication and other health care products to patients as well as working with third party and doctors’ offices in resolving adjudication of patients’ insurance or state programs. Pharmacy technicians often do the routine tasks associated with preparing prescribed medication and doctor calls, expense and medication orders, returns and expired credits, and non-licensed pharmacy management.

Effective July 1, 2010, all pharmacy technicians working in Iowa must be nationally certified by an accredited technician certification board approved by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. This program will assist students in meeting the new requirement that pharmacy technicians successfully complete a certification exam.

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  • Diploma (Certificate Option Available)


  • Two Semesters
  • Fall semester entry

Student Profile

  • Excellent people skills
  • Communication skills

Program Location

  • This program is offered both fully on campus and fully online.

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“I wanted to be able to assist people with what they needed and educate them to better their health. I enjoy being able to help people understand their medication and why it is important to take.”

Pharmacy Technician student
Sioux Center, IA


Requirements for this program

Course #TitleCredits
PHR105-EIntroduction to Pharmacy Technician3
HSC113-EMedical Terminology2
BIO165-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology I*3
BIO167-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology I Lab*1
MAT108-CMath Fundamentals*3
SPC112-APublic Speaking*3
PHR120-EPharmacology for Pharmacy Technician3
PHR941-EPharmacy Technician Practicum1
BIO170-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIO172-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Lab1
PHI105-AIntroduction to Ethics3
PSY111-AIntroduction to Psychology3
CSC110-AIntroduction to Computers3
Total Credits32
Course #TitleCredits
PHR105-EIntroduction to Pharmacy Technician3
PHR120-EPharmacology for Pharmacy Technician3
PHR941-EPharmacy Technician Practicum1
Total Credits7

Frequently Asked Questions

Students who graduate from the Pharmacy Technician program can expect to find in local pharmacies or hospital pharmacies.

The expected wage for Pharmacy Technicians is $15.00 to $23.00 per hour.

Students will focus on classes that provide a background for pharmacy related functions.
This program will assist students in meeting the new requirements that pharmacy technicians successfully complete a certification exam.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

Your Instructors

Robert Hoting