Pharmacy Technician

Your first steps to a successful health-care career begin at NWSC. NWSC offers quality, affordable education, close to home that will put you on a path to a dream career in some of today’s high demand job markets.

A great opportunity for workforce reentry

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NEW Enhanced Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program 600 Clock Hours

Your healthcare career is only a click or call away.

Northwest Suburban College offers an excellent accelerated Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program (PHT) that extensively prepares you to confidently work in all the areas of the pharmacy setting, including but not limited to the retail, hospitals, home healthcare, mail order, and nuclear pharmacies. NWSC’s PHT program covers various aspects of pharmacology, pharmacy law and regulation, pharmacy administration, prescription processing, third party billing, sterile compounding, infection control, OSHA regulation, 400 medications by brand, generic, classification and uses, with relation to anatomy and physiology of the human body.

This 20 weeks didactic program meets Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9 AM- 3 PM. After finishing the didactic part of the program, students will be assigned to complete 240 clock hours of the unpaid externship training at the local pharmacy departments.

Our PHT Certificate Program prepares you broadly in the field. It is suitable for currently employed pharmacy technicians who are looking to improve their education and training and move on to the more advanced level of the pharmacy settings and to prepare for the National Pharmacy Technician Board Exams: PTCB and ExCPT from NHA.

Is a Rewarding Career as a Pharmacy Technician Right for You?

Take the NWSC “Pharmacy Technician Career Training Readiness Quiz”

The fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get Your Pharmacy Technician Career Training Readiness score now >>


Pharmacy Technicians are some of the most sought after healthcare professionals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that between 2016 and 2026, opportunities for pharmacy technician will increase by 12% in places such as clinics, retail pharmacies, grocery stores, hospitals, nursing homes, and major brand pharmaceutical companies. If you are interested in a springboard to this highly desirable profession, then the NWSC Pharmacy Technician program is for you.

  • Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9 AM- 3 PM
  • 20 weeks didactic component (360 hours)
  • Unpaid externship (240 hours)
  • Enrollment every four weeks

Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent, vaccination record & background check.

Admissions are open every month. Call today!


The Pharmacy Technician exam is offered through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

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