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.

Get on the waiting list for the fall 2016 course!

Professional Pharmacy Technician Program Details


105-hours, including 75 hours of instruction in retail and institutional pharmacy practices and 30 hours of dedicated instruction in pharmacy calculations.

An add-on module of a 60-hour hands-on internship in pharmacy is available, after successful program completion, licensure and certification.

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

Pharmacy Technician Externship
Clinical training is an essential part of healthcare for any specialty, including pharmacy technicians. In this course, you will have the opportunity to complete an externship, including 200 hours of hands-on training at a CVS location. Students will be required to complete a drug test and background check. Hours and schedule may vary depending on location. Students may enroll at anytime during the term. Call (630) 942-2208 for more details. The next course will be offered in Fall 2016.

Tuition and Payment Options
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.

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.

Register today!

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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