Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Techs Provide Crucial Health Care Support

Our program focuses on training you to be a competent, knowledgeable, and dependable pharmacy technician in a busy community retail or hospital pharmacy.

Pharmacy technicians, under the supervision of a pharmacist, assists in day-to-day pharmacy operations. Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals or retail pharmacies receiving written prescriptions, taking prescription refill requests, preparing intravenous medications, operating computer and automation systems, applying prescription and auxiliary labels to medication bottles, pricing and controlling inventory, and preparing insurance claim forms.

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Kirkwood has over $3 million available in scholarships each year — making your most affordable option even more affordable. Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Graduates of the Pharmacy Technician program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legal and ethical standards of the pharmacy technician profession.
  • Explain the use and side effects of prescription and nonprescription medications used to treat common disease states.
  • Identify and differentiate between key requirements or characteristics of prescriptions and medications.
  • Perform the steps necessary to interpret and process a prescription order.
  • Discuss the concepts behind the business of pharmacy, including billing, reimbursement, inventory management and information systems.
  • Demonstrate proper preparation of both sterile and non-sterile compounding.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and other healthcare professionals.

A one-hour program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.

Program Costs

Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program 

School Year: 2023–24

Program Entry Semester: Fall

Fall Spring Total
Credit Hours per Semester 16 15.5 31.5
In-State Tuition $3,360 $3,255 $6,615
Technology Fee per Semester $50 $50 $100
Clinical Expenses (mileage, lodging, screenings, etc.) $83 $150 $233
Conferences/Seminars $0 $0 $0
Course Resources (textbooks, software, etc.) $480 $0 $480
Course/Section Fees $22 $22 $44
Laptop (required devices) $0 $0 $0
Testing Fees $0 $0 $0
Third Party Credentials $0 $20 $20
Tool Sets $0 $0 $0
Uniforms $0 $40 $40
Other $0 $0 $0
Total Estimated Cost $3,995 $3,537 $7,532


Costs provided are estimated and based on the following current tuition rates: $210 (In-State), $281 (Out-of-State), $400 (International).

Additional Program Requirements

To get into the Pharmacy Tech program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

Additional Information

State and federal aid may be used for this diploma.

Licensure and Certification

Successful completion of this program leads to a professional licensure or certification. View the state listing guide to identify which Kirkwood program fulfills state guidelines for professional licensure and certification.


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The simulation pharmacy is an extension of the Katz Family Healthcare Simulation Center, the first fully integrated multidisciplinary health care simulation center in the state of Iowa.

What career could this lead to?

Graduates with Pharmacy Technician diplomas can obtain jobs in a variety of different career opportunities.
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Mission Statement

The mission of the Kirkwood Community College Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program is to prepare students to meet the health care needs of the community by providing exceptional training in a positive, non-discriminatory and supportive learning environment which ensures that graduates acquire the essential skills and knowledge to enter and succeed in the field of pharmacy.


Katz Family Healthcare Simulation Center
2006 Linn Hall