Start your career in the healthcare field as a Pharmacy Technician with College of Western Idaho (CWI) Pharmacy Technician program today!

Healthcare is a growing industry with continued opportunities. This is your opportunity for immediate employment, ongoing potential for growth and skills you can use for life.

The College of Western Idaho Pharmacy Technician Program is your key to start a rewarding career in a field that is growing at a faster pace in Idaho than the national average.  In as little as ten months you will be prepared to take the Certified Pharmacy Technician national certification exam and move into your new future.

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Workforce Development at College of Western Idaho (CWI) provides you high-quality, short-term training to boost your job skills, acquire new career skills, and earn the certificates you need. Take as many classes as you want in our short-term, credit free classes with no applications, no transcripts, and no hassle. Just sign up and watch your career take off.

Classes are offered at a variety of locations throughout western Idaho that are taught by knowledgeable professionals with years of experience in the topics they teach.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Assisting a licensed pharmacist
  • Helping patients
  • Medical terminology and pharmacology
  • Entering and verifying patient and prescription information
  • Sterile and nonsterile medication compounding
  • Pharmacy calculations
  • Ordering, packaging and handling medications
  • Purchasing, billing, and insurance
  • Legal and ethical framework of pharmacy practice
  • Pharmacy technician practice settings

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Certificate of Completion



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Computer Literacy Skills

Minimum Age Requirement



Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

There are 10 required labs throughout the course.  The labs are held outside of scheduled class time and a schedule will be provided at the beginning of class.  

Students are required to complete 240 hours of field externship.  CWI will coordinate externship sites for each student.  

This course will require access to a computer and basic computer literacy


Program fee:  $3,975

Additional Required Items to Purchase

  • Books:  $130*
  • Examination fee for CPhT:  $129*
  • Technician in training license & background check: ~$80
  • Drug screen: $25

*Estimated costs, vary by vendor

Class costs and fees are subject to change without notice.


There are an assortment of scholarship opportunities available if you qualify to help cover some or all of the costs associated with classes offered through CWI Workforce Development. Call us at 208.562.2700 for more information.

Payment Options

CWI Workforce Development offers you multiple payment options to cover the cost of your program. For more information, visit Payment Options

Career Info


  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Technician


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