Kirkwood Community College

Pharmacy Technician Career Academy


A unique learning environment under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist or certified pharmacy technician in both traditional classroom and clinical retail or hospital pharmacies.

Through hands-on, clinical experiences students gain a basic understanding of medicine, prescription calculation and record keeping required in a retail or hospital pharmacy.

Immediate employment opportunities as a pharmacy technician. Prepared for future course work in pharmacy-related degrees.
Student Requirements

Students must be 17 years old on the first day of class. Students should have completed high school Algebra II with a C or better prior to beginning class. Placement test scores required. See the "Full Course Packet" for details.
Average Salaries
Pharmacy Technician
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Pharmacy Technician Courses

 Course offerings may vary. Visit your nearest Kirkwood location website or high school for local course options.

HSC-115 | Medical Terminology | 4 credits
A comprehensive study of medical terminology as the language of medicine. Analyzes words by dividing them into component parts. Relates the medical terms to the structure and functional pathology of diseases and current medical procedures. Emphasizes word usage, abbreviations, pronunciation and spelling.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.

HSC-107 | Professionals in Health | 2 credits 
Presents skills and characteristics expected for professional preparation and employability. Provides an overview of the health industry as it relates to health and safety regulations.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.

PHR-171 | Pharmacy Technician | 6.5 credits
Provides the knowledge and skills necessary for employment as a pharmacy technician in a retail, hospital or clinic pharmacy while under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. Includes basic understanding of medications, prescriptions and terminology, pharmaceutical calculations and techniques, record keeping, ethics and jurisprudence, as well as the role of the pharmacy technician. Emphasizes the importance of making informed, intelligent decisions. Offers experience alongside a pharmacist to provide medication and other types of health care products to patients. Designed to prepare learners for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.

PHR-172 | Pharmacy Technician Clinical | 1 credit
Provides opportunities for observation and supervised participation in hospital and retail pharmacy settings.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.


Career and Transfer Opportunities

Certification opportunities: National Pharmacy Technician Certification

The Pharmacy Technician Academy aligns with the required course work in the Pharmacy Technician diploma program and prepares students for future course work in the field of hospital, home health, medical or retail pharmacy.

If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at