Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians  

​Noncredit Certification Exam Preparation Course

This web-blended course prepares you to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). Class will be held one day a week on campus and the rest of the work will be done online through the Blackboard virtual learning environment.


About the Pharmacy Technician Profession

Pharmacy Technicians work in pharmacies under the direction of a pharmacist. Your main responsibility is preparing medications for dispensing to patients.

Duties include:

  • Retrieving drugs in the correct dosage form and strength
  • Measuring the appropriate amount of the drug
  • Producing a prescription label
  • Checking inventories and ordering/receiving supplies
  • Assisting customers
  • Completing insurance forms
  • Performing administrative duties, including answering phones, stocking shelves, and operating cash registers


About the Course

This comprehensive course will help you obtain the skills and knowledge needed to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). Topics include medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions, defining drugs by generic and brand names, dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, billing and reimbursement, resume tips, and key customer service skills.


Course Prerequisites

  • High School Diploma or GED/HiSet
  • High School math and science classes
  • Read, write and speak English proficiently
  • Background check


Course Details

Date: September 13, 2018 – November 29, 2018

  • On Campus: Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • DMACC Ankeny Campus, Building 24, Room 201
  • Online: Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment

6–9 hours per week
Cost: $999
CRN: 16791


How to Enroll (if you are paying for the course yourself)

Enroll online  

Or enroll by calling the DMACC Registration Department at 515-964-6800.

With either method, full payment is required at time of registration by debit or credit card.


How to Pay For This Course

To find out whether you qualify for tuition assistance through the DMACC Workforce Training Academy, you must attend a Q & A Session.


Contact Kay at 515-697-7710

Q & A Session Date: Wednesday, August 22
Q & A Session Time: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Q & A Session Location: Evelyn Davis Center,
801 University Ave., Des Moines, IA