With the growing need for skilled help in pharmacies across the nation, trained pharmacy technicians are in high demand. Prepare yourself for a rewarding career and earn your certificate in only one semester.

Many courses in this 17-credit-hour program are available in a blendflex format, which allows students to attend courses in-person or virtually, and in some cases, work through the courses on their own. 

L&C’s Pharmacy Technician program will prepare individuals for entry-level employment in hospitals and retail facilities. 

With the changing role of the pharmacist and the evolution of the national healthcare services, the demand for more educated and trained pharmacy technicians to assist pharmacists in the preparation of prescriptions has increased. 

Technicians handle drug preparation, under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist, as well as other duties, which may include interpreting prescription orders, maintaining patient records, packaging and labeling medications, maintaining drug supply, inventory, billing and crediting patients, handling automation, compounding medications, preparing sterile products and performing computer entries.

To provide our students with a complete learning experience, Lewis and Clark has partnered with PioneerRx Pharmacy Software, the top program chosen by independent pharmacists. The software is equipped with powerful tools that will prepare students to graduate with a robust set of skills. Learn more about this industry-leading pharmacy system at https://www.pioneerrx.com/.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Create patient files, enter prescription orders, and fill prescriptions with speed and accuracy
  • Communicate effectively
  • Maintain records
  • Facilitate communications for third-party reimbursement
  • Compound solutions, ointments, lotions, suppositories, and other medications;
  • Utilize medical terminology common to the pharmaceutical environment
  • Practice duties legally and ethically
  • Package and label drugs for prescription dispensing
  • Prepare parenteral admixtures under aseptic and sterile conditions
  • Receive and inventory drug shipments

Graduation Requirement

A minimum grade of “C” is required for all courses in the certificate.


  • Pharmacy Technician | Certificate of Completion

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The Pharmacy Technician Education and Training program at Lewis and Clark Community College has been awarded dual accreditation by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE.)

Student Achievement Data

Pass rate for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam

2022 2023
66.7% 50%

Licensure Information

Lewis and Clark Community College Pharmacy Technician program meets the state and national education requirements to apply for the PTCB certification exam after the completion of the program. Students are able to apply for technician licensure in the state of Illinois outside of any requirements listed in the program. Qualifications earned in the program allow students to take the nationally recognized certification exam, valid in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.