Although pharmacists are on duty wherever medications are dispensed, a pharmacy technician often does most of the work in preparing and selling prescriptions. With pharmacists increasingly performing more supervisory duties and patient care activities, pharmacy technicians are needed to take on more of the routine work and day-to-day operations.
Meet a growing need and explore a dynamic career as a pharmacy technician. High-quality instruction and career training provided by expert AACC faculty will be available in spring 2018. The training is applicable to multiple pharmacy environments, such as retail drug stores, hospital pharmacies and closed pharmacy settings. Students successfully completing the program are fully prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam, a nationally recognized certification.
Working under the supervision of a pharmacist, pharmacy technicians collect patient information, measure and package prescriptions, organize medication inventories, process insurance claims, and assist customers.
Many pharmacy technicians learn how to perform their duties through a combination of postsecondary education
programs in pharmacy technology and on-the-job training. While Maryland currently does not require pharmacy
technicians to be certified, benefits of certification include improved chances of employment, higher paying positions and increased opportunities for promotions.
In 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) placed the median pay for pharmacy technicians at $31,000 per year.
With a greater demand for pharmaceutical services, employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow by nearly 12% through 2026.
Learn more about the role of the pharmacy technician, prerequisites, the program format, externship opportunities and financial aid options by going to one of AACC’s MANDATORY information sessions for the Pharmacy Technician Program.
The dates and times are as follows and all will be held in CCPT, room 332. Get directions.
6-8 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018
1-3 p.m. Thursday, February 8, 2018
10 a.m.-noon Thursday, March 8, 2018
The courses on this page are noncredit, meaning you won’t earn college credit toward a degree. You don’t need to apply. Just choose a program or course that interests you, and check the noncredit schedule for a class that fits your schedule. Note the course number, section number and start date and register through our online portal, MyAACC.
For help, email or call the Instructional Support Center at 410-777-2325.