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.

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NEW Enhanced Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program 600 Clock Hours

Continuing Education - PTCB & ExCPT Board Exams prep Class

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.


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 requirement: 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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