Pharmacy Technician

Equip Yourself for Diverse Roles in Pharmacy with Comprehensive Education

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Program Overview

Interested in a high-demand career that is growing faster in Idaho than the national average? College of Western Idaho (CWI), in partnership with CareerStep, offer you a gateway to this exciting field as a Pharmacy Technician. This program is not just about starting a rewarding career; it is about gaining knowledge and skills that will serve you for life.

In our flexible, online program, you will explore the essentials of pharmacy practice, including medication dispensing, pharmacy law, and patient interactions. With the convenience of self-paced study, you can complete this program in as little as four months, or take up to twelve months, fitting your learning around your schedule. You will graduate with the competencies necessary to excel in various pharmacy settings, ready to meet the needs of a growing healthcare industry.

Degree or Certificate Type




Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

12 months

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Learning Opportunities

  • Medication Dispensing & Pharmacy Practice: Learn to prepare and dispense medications accurately.
  • Pharmacy Law & Ethics: Delve into the legal and ethical aspects crucial to pharmacy work.
  • Interactive Patient Care: Develop effective communication and customer service skills for patient interactions.
  • Hands-On Experience: Gain practical experience through lab work and an externship in a community retail pharmacy like Walgreens.
  • National Certification Preparation: Equip yourself with the knowledge to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam.

Area of Study

Minimum age requirement to start this program is 18.

Degrees & Certificates

Certificate of Completion




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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


    Annual Openings*


    Hourly Median Wage*


    Annual Median Salary


    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Pharmacy Technicians

    Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.


    Annual Openings*


    Hourly Median Wage*


    Annual Median Salary


    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.



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    • cost and payment options
    • career information
    • and more.


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