Pharmacy Technician, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate
The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County's Pharmacy Technician Training Series is to adequately prepare students for an entry-level position in the pharmacy profession functioning as a Certified Pharmacy Technician in a variety of employment settings including retail, hospital, and long term care and government facilities. They are typically involved in customer interactions, insurance claim processing, maintaining inventories and filling prescriptions.
This program features a course series that prepares students to take the national PTCB certification exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician. Upon passing the PTCB exam, students can register with the Maryland Board of Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician.
Students entering this program must have the ability to communicate with patients, family, and health care providers concerning inventory, insurance, medications, and the human body. Efficient computer, basic math, study skills, and test taking skills are desirable. Being multi-lingual is useful.
In a retail pharmacy setting, Pharmacy Technicians can advance through different levels of responsibility that vary by employer. In an institutional pharmacy setting, Pharmacy Technicians can be selected for additional training in specialized areas such as medication history reconciliation or compounding sterile preparations. A criminal history background check and registration with the state board of pharmacy are usually required for employment.
Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:
- meet the eligibility requirements to practice set forth by the Maryland Board of Pharmacy,
- continue employment as a Pharmacy Technician or pursue options that require certification (PTCB) after passing the exam,
- demonstrate effective skills to work in pharmacies, and
- employ proper professional communication and employability skills in the workplace.