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Pharmacy Technician

Classes starting in the fall.  Check back for dates.

About the Program

Iowa Western’s 200 hour Pharmacy Technician program offers students both theoretical and practical training.
Students also complete an 80 hour externship in a retail or hospital setting.  Upon completion of the class, students will take the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) exam. 

Program Brochure
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
  • Immunization Records (Immunization Record Form), must provide at time of registration
  • Hepatitis B (recommended)
  • Working knowledge of Windows based PC and Microsoft Office
  • Access to a computer with high-speed internet
  • No history of substance abuse
Arranged after Enrollment
  • Drug Screen 
  • Background Check (no criminal offense related to drugs 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, drug screen and PTCB National Exam. Pre-registration is required and fee must accompany registration.

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! 

There are no classes scheduled at this time please check back later.