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Pharmacy Technician

Classes starting in fall 2016.  Check back for updates.

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A Pharmacy Technician assists in the technical functions of the practice of pharmacy, enabling the pharmacist to
provide pharmaceutical care to the patient. They perform packaging and labeling prescription or medication order, accept prescription authorizations, collect patient information, process insurance claims, inventory drug supplies and maintain patient confidentiality.

Program Brochure

About the Program

The Pharmacy Technician program is a 200 hour class that is taught in a hybrid format, incorporating classroom and online learning.  Students also complete an 80 hour externship in a retail setting in the program.  Upon completion of the class, students will take the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) exam. 

Program to Include
  • Math for Pharmacy Technicians
  • 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 knowlesge of Windows based PC and Microsoft Office
  • Access to a computer with high-speed internet
  • No history of substance abuse
Arranged after Enrolloment
  • Drug Screen 
  • Background Check (no criminal offense related to drugs within last seven years)
  • Technician Trainee registration 

Bob Andersen, Pharm D., received his doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2012.  He did his residency at Bergan Mercy Medical Center and Creighton University.  Bob was also an Adjunct Professor at Creighton University and recently at Nebraska Wesleyan University.  Currently, Bob is the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator at Pharmaceutical Technologies, Inc.

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.

Tuition Assistance

This program is approved for FREE Education 2 Employment tuition assistance. For more information, contact Rachel Jensen at 712.325.3268 or rjensen@iwcc.edu.                                                                                                                                    

For more information about the Pharmacy Technician program, contact Sheri Splichal at 712.325.3265 or ssplichal@iwcc.edu.