Maryland Pharmacy Technician Requirements and Training Programs

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A pharmacy technician works under a pharmacist’s supervision to assist with activities not requiring the professional judgment of a pharmacist. Before taking up the role, you need to acquire a broad knowledge of pharmacy practice along with techniques for dispensing, ordering, stocking and preparing medications. Maryland’s state approved pharmacy technician training programs prepare students for the entry-level position to work alongside licensed pharmacists. Today’s pharmacists rely heavily on pharmacy technicians to keep up with the growing consumer demands. The lower salaries and wide scope of activities are just some reasons for the positive outlook for this career as employers seek to control health care costs.

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Maryland Pharmacy Technician Requirements

License Requirement

Any non-registered individual working behind a pharmacy counter and anyone applying for work as a pharmacy technician must register with Maryland’s Board of Pharmacy. This requirement applies to individuals working at retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, and pharmacies at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other health facilities. Pharmacy technician candidates may work at a pharmacy while attending a board-approved training program as long as the program does not exceed 6 months. Employers have the responsibility to verify a prospective employee’s standing with the Board before hire. The Board maintains two listings; a list of pending applications and a list of registered pharmacy technicians.

Applicants for registration must provide proof of completing a board-approved training program, including 160 hours of work experience and the state certification exam or certification from a national pharmacy technician program. Students enrolled in pharmacy degree programs can apply for exemption from training with the submission of transcripts from an accredited school of pharmacy. Pharmacy student applicants must complete the student exemption form and an affidavit of enrollment from the pharmacy school.

Age Requirement

Applicants must be at least 17 years old for pharmacy technician registration in Maryland.

Education Requirement

All applicants for registration must submit proof of high school graduation or GED. High school students may apply for registration with a supporting note from a school counselor and pharmacist.

Other Requirements

Applicants must submit a Criminal History Record Report from the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) along with the application. The Board will not process the application without the criminal history report. Disqualifying felonies will impair your ability to register as a pharmacy technician.

The Pharmacy Technician Program

Content

Maryland’s Pharmacy Technician Certificate programs prepare students for entry-level employment by teaching knowledge, technical skills and best practices for working in a retail or hospital pharmacy setting. Programs include classroom instructions as well as 160+ hours of work experience in a local retail pharmacy, hospital, assisted living facility or pharmaceutical facility.

After covering topics, such as pharmaceutical calculations, pharmaceutical terminology, prescription medications, ethics of pharmacy and others, graduates will understand the basic aspects of pharmacy, including how to read, fill and distribute prescriptions. Graduates will also understand pharmacies’ legal responsibility to maintain accurate records and safe handling of various drug categories.

Graduates of state-approved programs are eligible for state registration and can also apply to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam for national certification.

Duration and Cost

Pharmacy technician programs cost an average of $1,200 for classroom and clinical experience at institutes like Prince George Community College. Other schools such as Fortis, charge $14,647 for a 36-week training program. Advertised costs are for tuition only and does not cover necessary expenses like textbooks, course materials, uniform and transportation to and from the clinical rotation. Other costs include a criminal background check, application fee, national exam costs and state registration. The duration of Maryland’s pharmacy technician programs is approximately 6 months.

National Exams

Maryland’s Board of Pharmacy acknowledges both the PTCB and ExCPT exams. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and gives successful candidates national certification. The PTCB is a widely recognized body, but there’s also a growing acceptance for ExCPT certification among Marland’s employers. There are similarities in the exams administered by both organizations.

The PTCE is a computer-based exam that tests candidates’ understanding of nine knowledge domains. The exam contains 90 multiple-choice questions (80 scored and 10 unscored). The test costs $129.

The Examination for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) is the other recognized national certification for pharmacy technicians. The 2-hour long exam contains 120 multiple choice questions. At a cost of $105, the application for the ExCPT exam costs slightly lower than the PTCB exam.

Acquiring Your State License

Application

Aspiring pharmacy technicians can submit an application for registration with the Board of Pharmacy after completing an approved training program or a national certification exam and a criminal background check. Along with the completed application for registration, you must submit your criminal history record, passport sized photo, copy of your state ID, proof of board approved training, high school transcript, and the $45 application fee (check or money order).

Note: The Board will keep the application open for one year from the date they acknowledge receipt. If you fail to meet all the criteria for registration within the one-year period, you must resubmit another application, fee, and accompanying documents.

Renewal

Your pharmacy technician license is valid for two years, from the first day of the month after your birth month and ends the last day of your birth month. The renewal process takes at least two weeks, so you should initiate the renewal early – as incomplete applications can cause your license to expire. If the license expires without notice of successful renewal from the board, you cannot practice pharmacy until the license renews.

Pharmacy technicians must complete 10 Continuing Education (CE) hours during the first renewal cycle and 20 CE for subsequent cycles. To renew your licenses, submit the completed application along with the CEs earned and the $45 renewal fee to the Board of Pharmacy.

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Transfers

Pharmacy technicians from other states can apply for registration in Maryland through reciprocity. The applicant must submit evidence of registration from the other state – requirements must be similar to Maryland’s requirements. The Board also requires a letter verifying good standing with the out-of-state Board.

For states where pharmacy technicians are not regulated by a Pharmacy Board, the applicant must submit a Pharmacy Work Experience Affidavit signed by a pharmacist under whom the PT worked for at least six months.

The Maryland State Board of Pharmacy Information
4201 Patterson Avenue,
Baltimore, Maryland 21215
Main (410) 764-4755
Fax (410)358-6207
(800) 542-4964 (MD Only)

Pharmacy Technician Training Programs in Maryland

Arnold, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Anne Arundel Community College

101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD 21012

(410) 777-2222

Baltimore, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Allstate Career

2200 Broening Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21224

(410) 631-1818

Baltimore, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​American Health Career Institute

2520 Pennsylvania Avenue, 2nd Floor, Baltimore MD 21217

(443) 438-4546

Baltimore City Community College​

2901 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215

(410) 462-8300

Baltimore City Public Schools​

200 E. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202

443-984-2000

​Caroline Center

900 Somerset Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

(410) 563-1303

​Gandhi Institute of Health Foundation

6 N. Liberty St., Baltimore, MD 21201

(410) 767-3301

​Giant Eagle

6620 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215

(410) 649-8182

​James Pharmacy

1119 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

(410) 752-5810

​Kmart Pharmacy

North Point Mall, 222 N Point Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21224

(410) 285-6170

​NeighborCare/OmniCare

711 Maiden Choice Lane, Baltimore, MD 21228

410-737-8820

​PharMerica

2149 Kirk Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218

(410) 338-6915

​Reach Partnership

2815 Saint Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213

(443) 642-2291

​Sojourner Douglass College

500 N Caroline St #103, Baltimore, MD 21205

(410) 276-4101

​University of MD Medical System

22 S. Greene Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

1.800.492.5538

Bethesda, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

Bradley Care Drugs​

6900 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814

(301) 654-6776

Bowie, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Safeway Pharmacy

4101 Northview Drive, Bowie, MD 20716

(301) 262-7733

Brunswick, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​MedOne Pharmacy

610 9th Avenue, Brunswick, MD 21716

(301) 834-9715

​Rite Aid

92 Souder Road, Brunswick, MD 21716

(301) 834-8100

Burnie, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Walgreens Pharmacy

7953 Crain Hwy S, Glen Burnie, MD 21061

(410) 969-3417

Columbia, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Howard Community College

10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044

(443) 518-1000

​MedStar Health

5565 Sterrett Place, Columbia, MD 21044

877-772-6505

​Target Pharmacy

6111 Dobbin Road, Columbia, MD 21045

(410) 290-1660

Cumberland, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

Allegany College of Maryland

12401 Willowbrook Rd, Cumberland, MD 21502

(301) 784-5000

​Western Maryland Health System

12500 Willowbrook Rd, Cumberland, MD 21502

(240) 964-7000

Easton, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Shore Health System

509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton, MD 21601

(410) 822-1000

Elkton, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Elkton Friendly Pharmacy

228 S Bridge St, Elkton, MD 21921

(410) 398-6100

Finksburg, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​YOUR Community Pharmacy

2025 Suffolk Road, Finksburg, MD 21048

(410) 526-1055

Frederick, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Frederick Memorial Hospital Pharmacy

400 West Seventh Street · Frederick, MD 21701

(240) 566-3300

Hagerstown, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Hagerstown Community College

11400 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21742

(240) 500-2000

Halethorpe, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​TESST College of Baltimore

1520 S Caton Ave, Halethorpe, MD 21227

(410) 644-6400

Hanover, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Wal-Mart Pharmacy

7081 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD 21076

(410) 579-2953

La Plata, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​College of Southern Maryland

8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD 20646

(301) 934-2251

Landover, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Fortis College

4351 Garden City Drive, Landover 20785

301-459-3650

Largo, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Prince Georges Community College

301 Largo Rd, Largo, MD 20774

(301) 336-6000

Leonardtown, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​James A. Forrest Career & Technology Ctr

24005 Point Lookout Rd, Leonardtown, MD 20650

(301) 475-0242

Linthicum Heights, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Correct Rx Pharmacy Services, Inc.

803 Barkwood Court, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

(410) 636-9500

Napa, CA Pharmacy Technician programs:

Boston Reed College​ (online)

2799 Napa Valley Corporate Dr, Napa, CA 94558

(707) 307-5000

Nottingham, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

Bayview / White Marsh Pharmacies​

4924 Campbell Blvd, Ste 120, Nottingham, MD 21236

(443) 384-2500

Olney, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Olney Professional Pharmacy Technician Program

18111 Prince Philip Drive #100, Olney, MD 20832

(301) 774-9812

Parkville, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Joppa Road Pharmacy

1907 E Joppa Rd, Parkville, MD 21234

(410) 665-5050

Rosedale, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Remedi

9006 Yellow Brick Road, Rosedale, MD 21237

(443) 927-8400

Silver Spring, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Takoma Academy

Silver Spring, MD 20912

(301) 434-4700

Towson, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​CVS Pharmacy

1001 York Road, Towson, MD 21204

(410) 823-3900

​Medix School – Towson

700 York Road, Towson, MD 21204

855.367.8478

Walkersville, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Walkersville Pharmacy

19 E Frederick St, Walkersville, MD 21793

(301) 845-4401

Windsor, MD Pharmacy Technician programs:

​Stein Academy, Inc.

3610 Milford Mill Road, Windsor Mill, MD 21244

(410) 922-4910

​Pharmacy Technician Certification Board

2215 Constitution Avenue NW, Suite 101, Washington DC 20037

(800) 363-8012

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