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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Allegany College of Maryland||2-year, public; rural fringe||Pharmacy Technician Certificate||$3,660 in-district; $6,660 in-state; $7,950 out-of-state*|
|College of Southern Maryland||2-year, public; rural fringe||Pharmacy Technician Certificate||$3,542 in-district; $6,111 in-state; $7,911 out-of-state*|
|Hagerstown Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Pharmacy Technician Letter of Recognition,
Pharmacy Technician Certificate
|$3,564 in-district, $5,280 in-state; $6,788 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.