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Become a Pharmacy Technician

The Spoon River College Office of Community Outreach is offering a pharmacy technician education program that will be taught by Natalie Dilts of Pharm Tech Ed, which is a certified PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) Advocate Educator.

“In Illinois, obtaining a state license allows people to work as a pharmacy tech for two years,” said Dilts. “After two years, they are required to become certified by passing a national exam, administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.”

Pharmacy tech students will learn how to process prescriptions, read labels, and identify and interpret prescriptions. They learn to calculate the proper amount of drugs in a compound prescription, learn basic anatomy, study over-the-counter medications, and get well acquainted with the top 200 drugs. Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, nursing homes, drug stores (independents and corporate chains), research laboratories, and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.

SRC’s Pharmacy Tech classes will help participants prepare for the certification exam and teach skills needed for a pharmacy tech position. Recertification, which requires 20 hours of continuing education, is mandatory every two years.

“This profession is well respected and very rewarding,” Dilts said. “You’re helping people on a daily basis.”

Pharmacy Tech classes for Fall are currently in progress… contact the Office of Community Outreach for 2014 dates by visiting or call 309-647-6260 or

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