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Pharmacy Technician

PTCB - Recognized Educational ProgramPrepare for an exciting career in the fast-growing pharmacy field through a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) recognized program. This 80-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 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.

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Upcoming Classes

We offer multiple classes, including Saturdays and allows flexibility for our students to continue working while being prepared for their next career. The classes are offered during fall, spring and summer semester. We are currently enrolling for the Spring 2021 semester. Please contact and receive information on the next Pharmacy Technician program!

Information Session

Students are required to attend this introduction before attending the Pharmacy Technician course. Topics covered include course logistics, expectations and an overview of curriculum, including examples of mathematics used in the field. The information session is free and registration is preferred.


Experience is an important component when becoming a pharmacy technician. Fortunately, you can receive relevant pharmacy technician training experience during the externship part of our program. We have relationships with several pharmaceutical locations, including Walgreens providing you with the opportunity to receive on-the-job training experience.

Career Information

*The median annual wage for pharmacy technicians was $32,700 in May 2018. Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services.


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

Tuition and Payment Plans

Fee: $1,499 includes externship (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. Explore financial options for Continuing Education programs.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at (visited March 17, 2020).

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Contact Information

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

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. If you are attempting to register for a class, Please leave a message and Continuing Education staff will return your call as soon as possible. You can also reach us by email at at any time.

Please note: all programming for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 will be online (some exceptions apply).