Iowa Pharmacy Technician Schools, Salaries & Certification
Role: Under the supervision of the pharmacist, assists in the day-to-day operations of the pharmacy, including preparation and distribution of medications to patients.
As pharmacy techs are regulated in Iowa and both certification and registration is a requirement, aspiring students can avail of on-the-job training conducted by a pharmacist in charge or by listing onto a program in many of the Iowa pharmacy technician schools. Upon completion of a pharmacy technician training program students should are prepared for entry-level employment in retail and hospital pharmacies and pharmacies within medical and doctor's offices.
Depending on the school there may be several training options from which to choose: certificate programs (typically less than a year), diploma programs (typically one year) and an associate degree program (typically two years long and generally includes an externships in the field).
Drake University, 2507 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311. Tel: - 1800-44-DRAKE
Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave, Ottumwa, IA 52501. Tel: 1 641-683-5111
Iowa Lakes Community College, 19 S 7th St, Estherville, IA 51334. Tel: +1 712-362-2601
Western Iowa Tech Community College, 4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, IA 51106. Tel: +1 712-274-6400
How much does a pharmacy technician make in Iowa?
The *average Iowa pharmacy technician salary is $14.46 per hour or $30,070 a year. An entry level pharmacy technicians earns a min. of $10.61 per hour whilst a an experienced and certified pharmacy tech can earn upwards of $19.36 depending on experience and work setting.
Certification is mandatory. The state of Iowa require pharmacy technicians to be certified through either PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) or ICPT (Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians).
Registration is required for both CPhTs (form here) and technicians trainees (form here) in the state of Iowa.
*Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Employment & Wages database.
Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Professional Association for an Iowa Pharmacy Technician:
Iowa Pharmacy Association