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Explore a Career as a Pharmacy Technician Orientations

Oct. 16, 2006

Meet current students and faculty, get admission requirements and prepare for a career with a rewarding future when Anne Arundel Community College hosts two free orientations for its accredited pharmacy technician certificate program.

Sponsored by the School of Health Professions, Wellness and Physical Education, the first orientation is 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, and precedes National Pharmacy Week, Oct. 22-28, as well as National Pharmacy Technician Day on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The second orientation is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8. Both sessions are in the Florestano Building Room 114 on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for pharmacy technicians are expected to be good for full and part-time work through 2014, especially for those with certification or with previous work experience. Also, employment is expected to increase much faster than the national average for all occupations through 2014. There were about 258,000 pharmacy technician jobs in May 2004 paying a median hourly wage of about $11.37. Certified technicians may earn more. In Maryland, starting salaries can range from $11-$14 per hour with proof of certification.

AACC’s 35-credit-hour, one-year program prepares graduates to take the national pharmacy technician certification exam and work in a variety of pharmacy settings in hospital pharmacies, community and retail pharmacies, long-term care facilities, home health agencies and/or pharmaceutical drug wholesalers nationwide. Current changes in the pharmacist’s job role have placed increased responsibility on pharmacy technicians’ scope of practice.

All program applicants must have a high school diploma or higher and must demonstrate mathematical proficiency by earning a score of 19 or more on the Health Professions Arithmetic Placement Test or a grade of "C" or better in "Arithmetic" (MAT 005). Other application rules apply.

The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and is a designated Health Manpower Shortage Program. Some Maryland residents of other counties enrolled in this program by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates.

For information call 410-777-7497. Call Disability Support Services, 410-777-2306 or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance to request special accommodations.