No. of Credits: 31
Contact: Laura Polk, Chair, Health Sciences Division;
Sharon Baker, Program Coordinator
This certificate program prepares pharmacy technicians to work under the direction of a licensed pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians stock and inventory prescription and over-the-counter medications; maintain written or computerized patient medication records; count or pour medications into dispensing containers; prepare sterile intravenous medications; type prescription labels, prepare insurance claim forms; and provide direct customer service. Pharmacy technicians work in hospital pharmacies, retail pharmacies, home healthcare pharmacies, nursing home pharmacies, clinic pharmacies, nuclear medicine pharmacies, and in mail order prescription pharmacies.
As an approved program of the Maryland Board of Pharmacy, graduates of this program may register as Pharmacy Technicians in Maryland with no further testing. Graduates are also eligible to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE).
All pharmacy technician students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each course in the curriculum for successful program completion.
The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 24.
NOTE: Students are required to provide proof of immunization status, a completed health form, a criminal background check and drug screen at the students’ expense. Students are also required to provide proof of health insurance and CPR certification. The American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare providers and the American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuers are the only accepted CPR courses.
The college will not be responsible for any tuition, fees or other costs that may be charged or paid or lost due to incomplete, untimely or unsatisfactory health records, CPR certification, background check or drug screen. The college is not responsible for the conduct of background checks and drug screenings, or decisions made by other entities as a result of the background check and drug screening requirements.