Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists and patients in both retail and hospital settings. Job duties include dispensing prescription drugs and other medical devices. Pharmacy Technicians may also perform administrative duties in pharmaceutical practice, such as reviewing prescription requests with doctor's offices and insurance companies.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. This is considered a HIGH demand field.  The median annual wage for Pharmacy Technicians was $33,920 in May 2019. This is considered a HIGH demand field.

Class Overview

This class will be conducted completely online via D2L.  Class material will be released weekly. Discussion threads will be conducted regularly.  Students will be required to post responses by deadlines.  Open discussion option will be provided.  Exams and quizzes will be conducted online.  Review options will be offered.  Students will also have the opportunity to interview a certified pharmacy technician and a pharmacist.

Due to the requirements of the profession, the following minimum abilities are expected of each student: at least a 10th grade Math and English (speaking and reading) level; psychomotor skills (eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity) and visual acuity (normal or corrected) sufficient for safe and successful practice of Pharmacy Technician duties.

Externship Overview

Externships will not be required during the Spring 2021 semester. Externships are coordinated by Kishwaukee College-Community Education. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from their externship site. Pharmacy Technician license, drug testing, criminal background check and health insurance are required for externship placement.


A mandatory Orientation Session will be held on January 12, 2021 7:00pm-8:00pm via Zoom meeting.  All students who are registered for the Spring 2021 session must attend the Orientation Session.

Dates Location Cost Course Code
Spring 2021      
January 17-May 1, 2021 Online $1,200 ce 082 5001

 Ways to register

Payment Plan/WIOA

The cost of the class is $1,200. This cost includes textbooks and access to online learning platform. Federal and State financial aid are not available to offset the cost the Pharmacy Technician program.  WIOA funding is available for those who qualify.  A payment plan is available. 

Contact Information 

For general inquiries or questions,(*including WIOA info), please email:

 Students must be at least 16 years of age to register for the Pharmacy Technician program.