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.

For national board exams administered between 1/10/2022 and 3/11/2024 NCC’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam pass rate is 80%. The national average is 70%.

Future Ready Iowa logo   

Future Ready Iowa Scholarships


THIS PROGRAM QUALIFIES. Iowa needs people like you to fill exciting jobs in growing industries. To help keep Iowa moving forward, you can get free tuition for programs that lead to high-demand jobs and good-paying careers. Earn a one-year or two-year degree—all with free tuition. For specific details of the Future Ready Iowa Scholarship (including how to apply) and for a full list of every NCC program that qualifies – click here. Contact NCC’s Financial Aid Office at 712-324-5061 or for more information.

Want to learn more about our Pharmacy Technician program?

Request your free information packet now

Take a tour of our Health Sciences Building

Take a virtual tour!


  • Diploma (Certificate Option Available)


  • Two Semesters
  • Fall semester entry

Student Profile

  • Excellent people skills
  • Communication skills

Program Location

Contact Admissions


“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
BIO165-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIO167-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology I Lab1
HSC113-EMedical Terminology2
MAT104-CApplied Math Topics3
PHR105-EIntroduction to Pharmacy Technician*3
SPC112-APublic Speaking3
BIO170-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIO172-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Lab1
CSC110-AIntroduction to Computers3
PHI105-AIntroduction to Ethics3
PHR120-EPharmacology for Pharmacy Technician3
PHR941-EPharmacy Technician Practicum1
PSY111-AIntroduction to Psychology3
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.

Here is a list of all the states with our determination if our program meets their standards for Pharmacy Technicians. National Chart

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