Pharmacy Technician

Prepare for an exciting career in the fast-growing pharmacy field with the Professional Pharmacy Technician program at College of DuPage.

The program meets all requirements and prepares students for national certification exams—the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (EXCPT). College of DuPage is an approved EXCPT testing site.

Professional Pharmacy Technician Program Details


This 90-hour course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a community or hospital pharmacy setting. Students will be prepared to assist the pharmacist in all daily pharmacy tasks. It will also provide necessary communication skills for interactions with patients as well as other healthcare professionals. The course includes 80 hours of classroom instruction for retail and institutional pharmacy practices and 10 hours of online support for calculations and preparation for the National Certification exams. Students will have an optional externship component in a retail pharmacy location available as a part of the course fee.


  • High school diploma or GED
  • No prior drug convictions of any kind
  • English proficiency

Mandatory Pharmacy Technician Orientation

Attend the mandatory orientation session to learn more about the Pharmacy Technician program. This two-hour session includes course logistics, expectations and on overview of curriculum, including examples of math calculations used in the course. The orientation session is free and registration is preferred.

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6 to 8 p.m.
Student Resource Center, Room 1127

Tuition and Payment Options
Fee: $1,499 (books and technician licensing fee not included)
Payment is due at registration. A payment plan is available.
This program is approved for funding by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Check with workNet DuPage for eligibility requirements.

Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 12 to Dec. 14 
6 to 9 p.m. (no class Oct. 31)
HLTHS-0060-005, $1,499
Student Resource Center, Room 1127

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 13 to Dec. 15 
6 to 9 p.m. (no class Nov. 24)
HLTHS-0060-006, $1,499
Student Resource Center, Room 1127

Saturday, Sept. 10 to Dec. 17
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
HLTHS-0060-004, $1,499
Student Resource Center, Room 1127

Pharmacy technicians, under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, help the pharmacists provide medication and other healthcare products to patients and consumers

Jobs for pharmacy technicians are expected to increase by as much as 32 percent through the year 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Salaries vary based on many factors, but can range from $19,840 to $40,710.

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For more detailed program information or to register, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208, or email  

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785


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