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Pharmacy Technician

Classes starting Spring 2017!

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 pharmacy during 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 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 

Dena Voie, MS, is teaching the math portion of the pharmacy technician certificate program.  She has over 27 years of collegiate teaching experience in a variety of general education areas including composition, communications, psychology, college success, and developmental reading, writing, and math. She earned her bachelor's degree from Wayne State College and her master's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  She currently teaches adult education HiSET classes at IWCC.  Dena thrives on the challenge of engaging her students in the learning process and helping them to reach their goals.

Bob Andersen, Pharm D., is teaching the pharmacy technician certificate program.  He 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.

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! 

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