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Pharmacy Technician

Are you looking for a cost-effective way to find out if a career in healthcare is for you? Could you imagine yourself working under the supervision of a pharmacist? Let Allegany College of Maryland's one-semester Pharmacy Technician program start you on your journey.


variety of medicationsPharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists dispensing medications, performing pharmaceutical calculations, and using aseptic techniques. As a Pharmacy Technician program student, you'll gain theoretical and clinical experience in preparation for job opportunities in retail, hospital, and institutional facilities. In addition, our one-semester certificate program also prepares you to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam if you choose to do so.

Our program covers safety and drug regulations, drug classifications and uses, dosage calculations, pharmacological terminology, parenteral solution preparation, homeopathic medicinal, and drug dispensing. Program applicants should meet the criteria of the Allied Health Program Essential Functions.

Our Pharmacy Technician career program is designed to prepare you for employment upon program completion. If you plan to transfer to a four-year educational institution, please check with your advisor and the Student Success Center as soon as possible.  

Approved by the Maryland Board of Pharmacy, this certificate program provides students with a foundation that will allow them to assume an immediate position as a pharmacy technician, and prepares them to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam.

The ACM Pharmacy Technician certificate program is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Maryland residents from counties other than Allegany County who register in this eligible program will be charged the out-of-county tuition rate. However, these students may be eligible to receive reimbursement for a portion of the cost difference between the in-county and out-of-county tuition rates. Funding availability for this program is based on funding from the state of Maryland and is thus subject to change each semester. Some restrictions apply. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Course Info

As a Pharmacy Technician program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses, including:

Introduction to Health and Wellness

  • Covers basic concepts useful in healthcare
  • Reviews wellness issues for patients and health care workers, including infection control and body mechanics
  • Introduces medical ethics and professional conduct
  • Explores patient communication and teamwork principles
  • Reviews proper eating habits and principles of fitness as well as stress and time management
  • Teaches patient awareness of healthy lifestyle options and wellness to enhance recovery and everyday life

Pharmacy Technician

  • Introduces and compares the metric system, apothecary, and household measurement
  • Discusses Maryland state and National law information
  • Covers basic concepts of pharmacology
  • Reviews alternative medicines
  • Practices utilizing equipment and computer software similar to that found in most pharmacies in a lab setting

 Pharmacy Technician Internship

  • Students spend approximately 18 hours each week for 10 weeks(180 hours total) in a retail or institutional pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician under the supervision of a registered pharmacist.
  • Reviews the Code of Ethics and Standards
  • Prepares the student to take a National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam to meet the Maryland requirements.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid


A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.

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Career Info

Pharmacy Technician program graduates enjoy enriching and rewarding careers working in:

  • Hospital Pharmacies
  • Retail Pharmacies
  • Institutional Pharmacies

Certifications vary from state to state, please check with the state where you plan to work.

State registration is required in Maryland for all pharmacy technicians.


Maryland Pharmacy Board

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor

Career Coach - Helping Students Set Career Goals

Faculty/Staff Info
Diana Folk, Coordinator of Allied Health Technician Programs and Allied Health

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A.A.S, A.S., Allegany College of Maryland


Joseph Glass II, Instructor
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Cheryl Gilton, Director of Allied Health Technician Programs and Allied Health


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R.N., King's Daughter's Hospital School of Nursing

B.S.N., University of Maryland

M.Ed., Frostburg State University

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