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Heartland Community College

Pharmacy Technician

As a pharmacy technician, you are a vital link between medical professionals, pharmacists, and patients.  Your primary tasks include receiving and verifying prescriptions and preparing patients' medications.  This 12-week program, HS 101, will prepare you for an entry-level position in a hospital, retail setting, or clinic.  After completion of this class, you will be ready to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).
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  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 7% from 2016-2026, faster than the average for all occupations.  By the year 2024, projected regional jobs are to be approximately 1,654.

    *Projected jobs are for regions roughly equating to HCC district 540.

  • There are no formal prerequisites or placement testing requirements for this program.

  • This comprehensive course, HS 101, will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's (PTCB) exam.  Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies, and other health care settings - working under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.  This course will introduce students to the role of the pharmacy technician, including standards of practice, retail practices and customer service, ethical considerations, and regulatory issues and compliance.  Students will gain technical knowledge in names, classifications, and dosage forms of common and required medications, as well as core practices in quality control and ensuring patient safety.  This will include instruction in calculating dosages and dispensing medication.  Foundational concepts in inventory management and pharmacy administration are covered to better inform students in their roles as pharmacy technicians in the pharmacy setting.


    Career and Technical Course:  This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer.  Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

  • We strongly recommend you attend one of these informational sessions. All information meetings are held at the main campus in Normal, IL, unless otherwise noted.

    Day Time Room

    April 13

    5:00 p.m.

    Please register for this event here.


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Contact HS

ICB 2800
1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8740
Fax: 309-268-7958
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Kelly Pyle, AuD.

Interim Dean, Health Sciences
Office: ICB 2818
Phone: 309-268-8755
Fax: 309-268-7958

Susan Carl, RN, MSN, FNP-BC

Interim Associate Dean, Health Sciences
Interim Director, Nursing Education
Office: ICB 2820
Phone: 309-268-8745

Monica Fuller

Coordinator, Health Sciences
Office: ICB 2800
Phone: 309-268-8740