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: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm#tab-2.

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

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.

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.