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Pharmacy Technician

For class schedule and to register, click on this link: Class Schedule/Registration 

About the Program

Iowa Western’s 196 hour Pharmacy Technician program offers students both theoretical and practical training.  Upon successful completion in the classroom/lab portion, students will participate in a 60 hour retail externship and 2 eight hour shifts in an acute care/hospital pharmacy. Students will take the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) exam,which is covered by tuition.

Program to Include

  • History & Foundation
  • Legal & Ethical Considerations
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Safety & Standards
  • Memorizing Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy Environments
  • 76  hour Externship
  • PTCB Exam Review 

Cost $1695 

Includes books, handouts, Technician Trainee registration, background check and PTCB National Exam.
Pre-registration is required and payment is due at time of registration.  

FREE Tuition Assistance Available!

Education 2 Employment This program is approved for FREE Education 2 Employment tuition assistance for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email [email protected] or call (712) 325-3268 for more information!

Requirements for Enrollment

  • High School Diploma or HiSET
    Working knowledge of Windows based PC and Microsoft Office

Arranged after Enrollment

  • Background Check (no criminal offense within last seven years)
    Technician Trainee registration, completed in class.


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. 

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