Pharmacy Technician

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The State of Maryland requires that all Pharmacy Technicians will be certified. Students who successfully complete this program and clinical, and provide and pass the background check will be eligible to register with the Maryland Board of Pharmacy. This program also prepares students for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. See website at

Pharmacy Tech(1)
Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense medication. Technicians work in pharmacies, including those found in grocery and drug stores, and hospitals on a full or part-time basis. This five-month program, including 160 hours of clinical experience is approved by the Maryland Board of Pharmacy and results in Maryland state certification. This program also prepares students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam (PTCE) for national certification.

 Required Courses:                                                             

  • HES 332-Pharmacy Technician                          Tuition: $945
  • HES 529-Pharmacy Technician Clinical Pt. 1   Tuition: $125
  • HES 530-Pharmacy Technician Clinical Pt. 2   Tuition: $125       

 Highlights of the Program: 

  • Competitively priced
  • Offered in the Spring and Fall semesters 
  • Small - evening classes with on-site lab

 Employment Trends

  • Job opportunities are expected to increase by 24% from 2010 to 2020.
  • Many technicians work evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • 54% of all jobs are in pharmacies and drug stores.


  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED                                                                
  • Have access to the Internet
  • Have a working e-mail address
  • Have an OWL Link account
  • Background and drug screening are required prior to clinical

Prior to participation, provide proof of successful completion of Algebra and Reading via:

  • Accuplacer Elementary Algebra Placement Testing:            82%
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Placement Testing:    65%
  • HES 577 - Medical Math:                                                           75%
  • DVM-0070 - Introductory Algebra
  • Unofficial College transcript (math completion within 2 years)

 Note: For Accuplacer Testing: Provide a completed Placement Test Referral form; following testing, bring all documents to CHS 2401.


 Free Orientations: Attend an exciting pharmacy orientation to receive additional details and resources.

  • Pharmacy Technician Orientation   12/15    Syn:  81840    6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Pharmacy Technician Orientation     1/12    Syn:  81841    6:00 - 7:00 p.m.     


 Schedule of Classes: All classes are held in the Center for Health Studies Bldg. Room 2101

  • Pharmacy Technician:  1/20  - 5/7    Syn:  87489      6:30 - 9:30 p.m.  T/Th      
  • Pharmacy Technician Clinical Pt. 1:     1/12  -  3/13   Syn:  82480                   
  • Pharmacy Technician Clinical Pt. 2:     1/12  -  3/13   Syn:  82481                



HES 591: Pharmacy Technician Exam Preparation   Syn: 88735   T/Th  15 Sessions $355


Get Started on a Rewarding Career as a Pharmacy Technician Today !

See Courses and Descriptions
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Prep course is designed to provide a review for students who have completed an approved pharmacy technician program and need assistance in preparing for National Certification. This short review refreshes your memory and skills. The course covers the cost of one PTCB certification exam.