Pharmacy Technician - Southwestern Illinois College

The SWIC Pharmacy Technician program prepares students with the basic skills necessary to become a “nationally credentialed” pharmacy technician, prepared to work in hospital or a retail-based pharmacy. Pharmacy technicians assist the pharmacist in the preparation and distribution of medications, maintaining the drug inventory, patient, and pharmacy records in a manner consistent with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. For further information regarding the field of pharmacy technicians go to the Occupational Outlook Handbook:

About the Program

  • One-semester certificate
  • Offered: spring and fall semesters
  • Certification in Illinois requires students to be at least 18 years old
  • To enroll, must have high school diploma or GED and be eligible for ENG 101 and MATH 107 or MATH 111
  • Contact Program Coordinator Melissa Epps at 618-235-2700, ext. 5315 or

Enrollment Requirements

To enroll in Pharmacy Technician classes, students must demonstrate readiness for college-level English and math. To obtain information about readiness, visit an academic advisor. 
Students should be aware they must pass a criminal background check and drug testing to participate in required clinicals.

Students must be 16 years and older if in high school or has completed Math and English testing of GED. * Contact adult basic education or program coordinator for details. Melissa Epps at 618-235-2700, ext. 5315 or

Program Capacity

The Pharmacy Technician program has capacity for approximately 20 students each spring and fall semesters at the Belleville Campus. Seats available are dependent on clinical availability.

Program Cost

Pharmacy Technician Certificate program

For details, see the Pharmacy Technician Certificate cost sheet.

SWIC Foundation Office

The SWIC Foundation office offers over 300 scholarships based on residency, enrollment and GPA criteria.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Funding may be available to qualified students. For more information, call 618-235-2700, ext. 5536.

The Pharmacy Technician Program is WIOA approved.

Pharmacy Technician Outcomes

View the Pharmacy Technician program’s Graduate Outcome Measures.

Certification Requirements

Upon successful completion of the Pharmacy Technician curriculum, graduates are awarded a certificate as a pharmacy technician. To work in Illinois, graduates of the program must provide proof of graduation from a pharmacy technician training program or attain successful passage of an examination certified by the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Illinois requires national certification through PTCP, completion of a pharmacy technician training program, and registration with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Melissa Epps