Illinois Pharmacy Technician Training Programs
As of January 2011, the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) requires all pharmacy technicians to obtain certification. The following materials are required to make application for a Certified Pharmacy Technician license in the state of Illinois:
1. Application for Certified Pharmacy Technician Licensure. If the name shown on your application is different from that shown on your supporting documents, you must submit proof of legal name change--a copy of marriage license, divorce decree, court order or statement explaining change and stating change was not for fraudulent purposes.
2. Proof of presently attending or having graduated from high school or a G.E.D. (General Education Development) program. Proof must be in the form of a diploma, certificate, transcript, or statement on school letterhead (copies are acceptable).
3. Proof of graduation from a pharmacy technician training program approved by a nationally recognized accrediting body or documentation from the Pharmacist-in-Charge of the pharmacy where you are employed verifying training as outlined in Section 1330.210(a) of the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Pharmacy Practice Act.
4. Proof of successful passage of an examination accredited by the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). [Examinations administered by Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacy Technician Certification Board are accredited by NOCA]
5. Must be 18 years of age.
Fortunately, Illinois is home to dozens of schools that offer top-tier certificate, associate, and even bachelor degree programs that can help you fulfill the state’s pharmacy technician certification requirements. In addition, many employers prefer to hire (and promote) pharmacy technicians that have completed a top-tier training program.
Illinois Schools with Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Pharmacy Technician Programs - Major Illinois Colleges and Universities
Chicago State University - Chicago
Midwestern University Chicago - Chicago
Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
University of Illinois at Chicago - Chicago
Pharmacy Technician Programs – Other Illinois Colleges
Blessing Health System, Quincy
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn
Coyne College, Chicago
Harry S. Truman - Chicago
Lincoln Trail College - Robinson
Malcolm X College - Chicago
Northwestern College - Bridgeview, Chicago, Naperville
Oakton Community College, Des Plaines
Olive Harvey College - Chicago
Richland Community College - Decatur
Saint Xavier University - Chicago
South Suburban College - South Holland
Springfield College, Springfield
Truman College - Chicago
Wilbur Wright College - Chicago