Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program

The Pharmacy Technician Diploma program prepares individuals to achieve competency in the skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to enter the pharmacy workplace as a pharmacy technician. Emphasizing a customer-centered approach, the program helps develop the skills needed to work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

Program length - 10 months

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On-campus program

Classes in the program include instruction in pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, medical law and ethics. The program also includes classes focused on communication and problem-solving skills. Part of the curriculum is a 300-hour externship to help students gain real-world experience.

Pharmacy technicians work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. They prepare medications and compounds, perform order entry of prescriptions, manage inventory and calculate medication doses. Administrative responsibilities include creating patient profiles and processing third-party claims.

Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, stand alone pharmacies, large retail outlets, long-term care facilities, and mail order companies. 

Demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9-13%, faster than average, through 2024.1

1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16

Rockford, Illinois