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Pharmacy Technician class

Iowa Valley Continuing Education offers a Pharmacy Technician program which is a concentrated, short-term career preparation course of study.

As a pharmacy technician, you are a healthcare professional that is an essential member of the pharmacy team. Pharmacy technicians practice in a wide variety of pharmacy settings, including community settings such as chain or independent pharmacies, hospitals, home health care, long-term care, nuclear pharmacy, and managed health care facilities. Expanding pharmacy technicians’ roles is critical to evolving the pharmacy practice model.

Good job opportunities are expected for full-time and part-time work, especially for technicians with formal training or previous experience. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, the employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 7 percent through 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. The 2018 median annual wage for a pharmacy tech was $32,700 ($15.72/hour). Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies, including those found in the drug, general merchandise, and grocery stores, and in hospitals. Most work full time, but many work part-time.

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