Most of the schools providing pharmacy tech studies in the Baltimore area are for-profit institutions. Based on distinction and student population, the following college is considered a top school for pharmacy tech studies in Baltimore:
- Winner: Community College of Baltimore County is located directly in Baltimore and is the only public college in the city that has pharmacy technician certification courses. The pharmacy technician program results in a continuing education certificate.
School Info Chart
|Category||Community College of Baltimore County|
|Distinction||Named one of 38 best career and technical colleges for military vets (2014)*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$2,078 (total program cost)**|
|Pharmacy Tech Programs Offered||Certificate|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||7%***|
|Noteworthy||Among the fastest-growing community colleges in Maryland**|
Sources: *Military Times; **Community College of Baltimore County; ***NCES College Navigator.
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Community College of Baltimore County
- 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Pharmacy tech program meets state regulations
- Graduates are prepared to sit for the national pharmacy technician certification exam
The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) enrolls nearly 24,000 students and is spread across three campus locations serving the Baltimore area; it also has extension locations in Owings Mills and Hunt Valley. The school offers more than 100 associate and certificate programs. The Department of Health & Human Services offers numerous programs, including more than 30 certificates and non-credit career training programs for aspiring cardiovascular technicians, medical administration assistants and pharmacy technicians, among others.
The Pharmacy Technician Continuing Education Certificate program consists of three required courses covering practical training and electronic health records. Specific subjects covered in the courses include ethics, usages of drugs and medications, and proper dosages. Customer service, drug interactions and inventory management are also addressed. In order to enroll in the program, students must first complete prerequisites in CPR and HIPPA training, and they need to possess an understanding of medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology.