Skip to main content

Pharmacy Technician

Course number : PHARM01   ID : 1626    Section Number : 10
« back to classes page

About the Program

Pharmacy technicians perform pharmacy-related functions, working under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Our 196-hour Pharmacy Technician program offers students both theoretical and practical training. Students will meet for the classroom portion daytime, Tuesdays and Thursdays. With successful classroom participation, students are then required to complete a 60-hour externship in a retail pharmacy, as well as two, 8 hour shifts in an acute/hospital pharmacy.  Please plan for some flexibility for the required 76 hours of externship.  The hours of participation are established in conjunction with the hosting pharmacy.  Hours and days will vary.  Students return to the classroom after the externship, for final exams.   Upon completion of the program, students will take the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) exam.

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 or call (712) 325-3268 for more information! 

Veterans Benefits Approved for VA benefits. Apply for VA benefits at  Email for more information.

Program to Include

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

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 

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.

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. 

Class Details

48 Sessions
Days of the Week :Multiple Days of the Week :
  Weekly - Thu, Tue.  
  Weekly - Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu.  
  Weekly - Tue, Thu.  

Location : Multiple Location : 
  Looft Hall
  To Be Announced.

Instructor : Cindy Burbank 

CEUs : 19.6



Please read:  Welcome! Please make certain upon confirmation of your registration, you have received the email containing the homework assignment due on the first day of class. Please be aware, the time for studying and completing work outside of the classroom is estimated at 8-12 hours per week.



Registration Closes On
Monday, August 3, 2020 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
8/6/2020 - 10/8/2020 Weekly - Tue, Thu 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Council Bluffs, Looft Hall  Map Cindy Burbank 
10/9/2020 - 11/2/2020 Weekly -Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM To Be Announced, To Be Announced  Map Cindy Burbank 
11/3/2020 - 11/12/2020 Weekly - Tue, Thu 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Council Bluffs, Looft Hall  Map Cindy Burbank