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

GET INFORMATION today about NWSC’s  Pharmacy Technician Program

2-4 Weeks + Pharmacy Technician Externship

Courses designed to develop valuable knowledge and practical skills

Your healthcare career is only a click or call away.

The 12 weeks of structured classes are followed by a 2-4 weeks Pharmacy Tech externship. This unique opportunity provides students with a working knowledge of a state-of-the-art pharmacy as well as on-the-job training.

Pharmacy Technicians work under the supervision of licensed pharmacists performing technical duties in the systematic operation of a pharmacy – providing health care services and medication to patients. This 152-hour course will introduce students to various settings within a Pharmacy practice; including the community, hospital, managed care, mail order and long-term care. Information on qualifying for the pharmacy certification examination is provided in this class.


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.

Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent.
Admissions are open every month. Call today! 


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

  • Meet with the SAHS Admissions Representative for information about the program.
  • Complete the NWSC Application for Admission.
    • Applications are available in the NWSC Admissions Office or online.
  • Request your official high school or GED (General Education Development) transcript be sent directly from the school to:
    Northwest Suburban College
    SAHS Admissions Office
    5999 S. New Wilke Road, Building # 500
    Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
    • At the time of enrollment, students may provide an unofficial copy of the high school or GED transcript. However, students must submit the official transcript to the College prior to completion of the first course/module or the deadline designated by the Admissions Representative. Failure to do so will result in Administrative Withdrawal from the program.
    • Please note that transcripts will be retained for one year from the date of receipt for applicants who do not subsequently enroll.
  • Set up payment arrangements with the NWSC Accounts Office.
  • Attend the SAHS Student Orientation on the scheduled date.
    • The SAHS Admissions Representative will provide details on the date and time of orientation.
  • Reapply for admission.
  • Meet with the Director of the School of Allied Health Sciences.
  • Attend the NWSC Student Orientation on the scheduled date.
    • The SAHS Admissions Representative will provide details on the date and time of orientation.

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