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Pharmacy Technician Diploma Programs in Maryland with School Info

Maryland has 8 schools that offer pharmacy technician programs. Learn about the programs, tuition info and program options for the 3 largest schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

Students in Maryland have a few schools from which to earn a certificate as a pharmacy technician; at least one institution additionally offers a program leading to a letter of recognition in the field. Such programs may be completed in as little as one semester, which may include certification in first aid and CPR. Programs include practicum requirements such as an internship.

Career Requirements

Individuals who work as pharmacy technicians in Maryland are required to register with the State of Maryland Board of Pharmacy. Registrants must pass a criminal background check and satisfy training or certification requirements or be able to show proof of registration in another state that has similar requirements. The initial registration expires after 1 year, and continuing education hours must be completed for registration renewal.

Brief overviews of the 3 largest schools offering pharmacy technician programs are provided below, followed by a table with tuition and school information.

Allegany College of Maryland

Cumberland's Allegany College of Maryland provides a pharmacy technician program that can be completed in 1 semester. This program provides instruction on state and national laws, medical ethics, patient communication, the metric system and pharmacology. Completion of a 180-hour internship is required, and students also receive training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid. A certificate is awarded upon program completion.

  • Programs Offered: Pharmacy Technician Certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,388 in-district; $6,118 in-state; $7,288 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; rural fringe

College of Southern Maryland

The College of Southern Maryland in La Plata provides a 17-credit certificate program that prepares students for employment as pharmacy technicians. The curriculum covers human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pharmacy business skills and pharmacology. This 3-semester program requires students to complete a practicum during the last semester. Students participate in seminars and receive hands-on experience in various settings during this practicum.

  • Programs Offered: Pharmacy Technician Certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,277 in-district; $5,668 in-state; $7,321 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; rural fringe

Hagerstown Community College

Students at Hagerstown Community College in Hagerstown can begin their pharmacy training in an 8-credit Pharmacy Technician Letter of Recognition program that offers 3 courses: introduction to pharmacy technology, pharmaceutical calculation and pharmacy applications. This program prepares students to pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. Credits earned in these courses may be applied to the 28-credit certificate program. The certificate program includes courses in pharmaceutical measurement and math, information technology, medical terminology, pharmacy technology, and compounding pharmacy operations. This program can be completed in 2 full-time semesters.

  • Programs Offered: Pharmacy Technician Letter of Recognition,
    Pharmacy Technician Certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,958 in-district, $4,398 in-state; $5,646 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; midsize city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School NameSchool Type and SettingPrograms OfferedUndergraduate Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)
Allegany College of Maryland2-year, public; rural fringe Pharmacy Technician Certificate$3,388 in-district; $6,118 in-state; $7,288 out-of-state*
College of Southern Maryland2-year, public; rural fringePharmacy Technician Certificate$3,277 in-district; $5,668 in-state; $7,321 out-of-state*
Hagerstown Community College2-year, public; midsize cityPharmacy Technician Letter of Recognition,
Pharmacy Technician Certificate
$2,958 in-district, $4,398 in-state; $5,646 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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