Pharmacy Technician

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Certification Agencies

Accreditation Information

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 for VA Benefit. Successful completion results in Maryland state certification and prepares students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam (PTCE) for national certification.

 Required Courses:                                                             

  • HES 332-Pharmacy Technician                     Tuition: $1045
  • HES 529-Pharmacy Technician Clinical Pt. 1   Tuition: $137
  • HES 530-Pharmacy Technician Clinical Pt. 2   Tuition: $137      

 Highlights of the Program: 

  • Affordable - Convenient - Accessible
  • Offered in the Spring and Fall semesters 
  • Small - evening classes with on-site lab
  • Off-site Clinical Experience (160 hours - Contingent Upon Results of Background & Drug Screening)
  • Approved by Maryland Board of Pharmacy
  • Approved for VA Benefits (provides portable career opportunity)

 Employment Trends:

  • Job opportunities are best with national certification
  • Job Outlook - Growth must faster than average for other occupations
  • Hundreds of job openings within a 50 mile radius


  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must provide proof of Math (QAS Algebra score 257+) and Reading (Score of 243+) proficiency on the Accuplacer test or college credits (within 2 years)                                                                  
  • Have access to the Internet
  • Have a working e-mail address
  • Have an OWL Link account
  • Must not have a criminal background
  • Background and drug screening
  • Current Immunizations
  • Current health insurance 
  • Reliable transportation

Attend a Free Pharmacy Technician Orientation:  Questions?  Register & Attend -  

HES 543   Syn. 37583   M   11/12   5 pm - 6 pm   CHS 2101
HES 543  Syn. 43163   M     1/14   5 pm - 6 pm   CHS 2101

Location: Center for Health Studies building (CHS ) Room 2101

Directions: Take the elevator to 2nd flr., turn right, at the end of hallway, turn left.

Schedule of Classes: All classes are held in  CHS 2101 - Click Here  

  • HES 332:  Pharmacy Technician: 2/12/19 - 5/30/19    6:30 - 9:30 p.m.  T/Th
  • HES 529:  Pharmacy Technician Clinical Pt. 1:      1/7 - 2/18/19
  • HES 530:  Pharmacy Technician Clinical Pt. 2:      1/7 - 2/18/19  

 START HERE - Prior to registration:

  • Review PreAccuplacer Video and print Completion Certificate
  • Provide Completion Certificate, Placement Test Referral form, and Picture ID to the Testing Center  
  • Accuplacer Reading Score Required: 243 or above
  • Accuplacer QAS (Algebra) Score Required: 257 or above
  • or HES 577 - Medical Math (online):                                                           
  • or DVM-0071 - Introductory Algebra
  • or Unofficial College transcript (Algebra completion within 2 years)
  • and Copy of HS Diploma or equivalent

Bring all documents to CHS 2401 for verification

Textbooks are Required:  (Complete Chapters 1 and 2 prior to first class)

  • Pharmacy Technician, 6th Ed (ISBN: 978-161731-4872)
  • Pharmacy Technician Workbook and Certification Review, 6th Ed. (ISBN: 978-161731-4889)
  • Pharmacy Calculations, Ed. 5e (ISBN: 978-161731-4209B)
  • Books may be purchased in the College bookstore:

Get Started on a Rewarding Career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician Today  - 
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See Courses and Descriptions
If you need a math refresher, register for the Accuplacer Test Prep course before or after testing. Additional Math and Reading resources are found on the Student Assessment Center website. HES-577 - Medical Math (online) is an approved course that meets the math prerequisite.