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Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Pharmacy Technicians: Dispensing Wellness!
Our Pharmacy Technician program offers affordable, high-quality training designed to prepare you for a career as a pharmacy technician in one or two semesters. The program includes classroom and skills lab training. Our lab is equipped with the prescription-filling software used in many pharmacies. You will also get hands-on experience during the internship at one of the local pharmacies.
Location: ALLIED HEALTH (AH) 123
What will you learn?
  • Metric, apothecary, and household measurements and conversions
  • Maryland and federal laws
  • Common Generic and Brand name drugs
  • Reading and interpreting prescriptions
  • Using QS1 to enter prescriptions
What will you do?
  • Work in a pharmacy setting under the supervision of a pharmacist
    • Collect information needed to fill a prescription
    • Measure amounts of medication for prescriptions
    • Package and label prescriptions
  • Organize inventory
  • Accept payment and process insurance claims

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Program Details

The Pharmacy Technician program is a certificate program that can be taken for credit or through Continuing Education. Financial aid is available for qualified credit students. Limited financial aid may be available for CE students.

As a pharm tech student, you will gain the theoretical and clinical experience to prepare you for job opportunities in retail, hospital and institutional facilities. In the classroom you will learn the most common drugs, their classifications and uses, dosage calculations, safety and drug regulations. In the skills lab, you will learn compounding, measuring, mixing and dispensing medications, entering prescriptions into the computer, and printing labels for medications. You will be assigned to a local pharmacy to complete 180 hours of internship where you will get hands-on training and practice under the supervision of the pharmacist.

The program and final exam have been approved by the Maryland Board of Pharmacy. Successful completion of the program allows graduates to apply for registration as a Pharmacy Technician, which is a requirement for all techs working in Maryland.

The Pharmacy Technician Program at ACM is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

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The Pharmacy Technician Program and final exam are approved by the Maryland Board of Pharmacy. It is also a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Recognized Education/Training Program.

Admissions Criteria

Program Goals & Learning Outcomes
Program Goals
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to practice safely and professionally in the pharmacy area as an entry-level Pharmacy Technician in a variety of settings. 
  • The student will be prepared to take and pass a national certification exam.
  • The student will demonstrate knowledge of the requirements for state registration and national certification, including continuing education requirements.
Learning Outcomes
  • Identify the role of the pharmacy technician in retail, hospital, and institutional settings.
  • Perform mathematical calculations for dosage determinations.
  • Follow proper procedure to measure, mix, count, label, record, and dispense medications.
  • Use technology effectively to create medication labels and client records. 
  • Function safely, competently, and professionally in a clinical situation.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the most common drug names/classifications and their uses.

Student Achievement
Maryland Board of Pharmacy approved final exam results:
Year Semester SAT for Final Exam Passed Final Exam ACM Pass Rate
2020 Fall 6 6 100%
2020 Spring 2 2 100%
2019 Fall 4 4 100%
2019 Spring 7 7 100%
2018  Fall 6 6 100%
2018  Spring 10 10 100%
2017 Fall 4 4 100%
2017 Spring 6 6 100%
Total   33 33 100%


Meet the Faculty

Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty are excited to share their expertise with you and prepare you to succeed in the diverse, dynamic field of a Pharmacy Technician.

Diana Folk
Coordinator, Allied Health Technician Programs

Allied Health 123

A.S., A.A.S., A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

Joseph Glass, RPh

Allied Health 113

B.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore
R.Ph., M.S., Frostburg State University
Graduate Program, NIH

Cindy Gero
Introduction to Health & Wellness Instructor

Allied Health 113

B.S., M.B.A., University of Maryland

Kathy Condor
Director of Health and Human Services

Continuing Education 22

B.A., DePaul University

Becky Ryan
Program Assistant

Allied Health 113

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

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