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Pharmacy Technician

Earn your Pharmacy Technician Certification in less than a year.

Pharmacy Technican jobs in the area: An average of 1,800 annual openings in Illinois
Pharmacy technician program length: 11 months
Pharmacy Technician average salary: $36,819

Why study Pharmacy Technician program?

Pharmacy technicians are essential to healthcare, providing vital support to both pharmacists and patients. These jobs are in demand and allow graduates to work in the field of healthcare while helping others.

This program will help you:

  • Gain the most up-to-date training and skills necessary to graduate from an accredited Pharmacy Technician Certification Board program.
  • Earn a passing score on the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam® (PTCE®).
  • Obtain entry level employment in the industry.

Program Highlights

Length of Program: 11 months
Type of Classes Offered: In-person, online and blended. Courses follow a 16-week format.
Campus: Southlake (Vernon Hills) and online.

Program Accreditation

Graduation from CLC's Pharmacy Technician Program earns you the certificate to sit for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam® (PTCE®).

Career Outlook

Upon program completion and earning a passing score on the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), graduates can be hired as:

  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Pharmacy Technician Managers
  • Pharmacy Specialists

Job Outlook

  • An average of 1,800 annual openings in Illinois1
  • 7% faster than average2


2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Salary Outlook

  • 2019 median wage in Lake County, IL: $36,819
  • 2019 national median wage: $33,946
  • Regional compensation is 8% higher than national compensation

Source: EMSI Q1 2021 Data Set,

What do Pharmacy Technicians do?

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists with the preparation of prescription medications for customers. They are a crucial spoke on the healthcare wheel, providing diverse career opportunities in the wellness industry. Typical job responsibilities include:

  • Receive written prescription requests or may process requests doctors’ offices that have been sent electronically or phoned in.
  • Fill bottles with doctor-prescribed medications
  • Type and apply labels with directions and other information for patients
  • Pre-pack bulk medications
  • Handle any required cash register operations, resolve issues, concerns or complaints made by customers
  • Call doctors for prescription refill authorizations
  • Type prescription information details to produce labels for packages
  • Keep detailed records of on-hand medications and other stock and resolve any issues with patients’ insurance coverage.

Program Requirements

To get started, students should:

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be at least 18 years old wih basic Algebra and college reading and readiness

Certain vaccinations, a drug test and a background check are required.

  • Classes begin August 23

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Attend an Info Session

If you have more questions, contact:

Dr. Derek Leiter, Pharm D.
(847) 543-6506