What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College

Pharmacy Technician

Classes starting soon! 

About the Program

Pharmacy technicians perform pharmacy-related functions, working under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist.Our 200 hour Pharmacy Technician program offers students both theoretical and practical training. Students are required to complete an 80 hour externship in a retail setting. Upon completion of the program, students will take the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) exam.

Program Brochure -- includes class schedule (class will meet on Saturdays)
Program to Include
  • History & Foundation
  • Legal & Ethical Considerations
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Safety & Standards
  • Memorizing Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy Environments
  • 80 hour Externship
  • PTCB Exam Review 
Requirements for Enrollment
  • High School Diploma or HiSET
  • Working knowledge of Windows based PC and Microsoft Office
  • Access to a computer with high-speed internet
Arranged after Enrollment
  • Background Check (no criminal offense within last seven years)
  • Technician Trainee registration 

Cindy Burbank has been a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) through the PTCB since 1997.  She has nearly 30 years of working in the pharmacy industry and has worked in all aspects, ranging from mail order to clinical pharmacies.

Career and Salary Information

Pharmacy technicians are employed in a wide variety of practice settings, including community settings such as chain or independent pharmacies, hospitals, home health care, long term care, nuclear pharmacy and managed health care facilities. According to EMSI, pharmacy technician careers are expected to grow 16% through 2025 and expected starting wage is $12-$14 per hour.


$2,595 includes books, handouts, Technician Trainee registration, background check and PTCB National Exam. Pre-registration is required and payment is due at time of registration. Registration deadline is June 7! Call 712-325-3255 to register. 

FREE Tuition Assistance Available!

This program is approved for FREE Education to Employment tuition assistance for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email rjensen@iwcc.edu or call 712.325.3268 for more information! 

Veterans Benefits

Approved for VA benefits. Apply for VA benefits at www.ebenefits.va.gov.  Email veterans@iwcc.edu for more information.