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2016-2017 Catalog 
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Pharmacy Technician, Certificate

Special Admission Requirements - Rolling Admissions

Award: Certificate (code CRT.IHE.PHAR-TECH)

Total Credit Hours: 33 credit hours.

Purpose: This program is designed to prepare students to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) examination. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to work as a pharmacy technician in a variety of pharmacy settings.

The Pharmacy Technician program at AACC is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).  The program is also approved by the Maryland Board of Pharmacy.

AACC cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in states other than Maryland.   If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Maryland, contact that state’s licensing board to determine whether the AACC course or program meets requirements for licensure in that state.  If you need assistance finding contact information for your state, or if you need additional information regarding professional licensure, please contact the School of Health Sciences at 410-777-7310. 

Range of Occupations

Certified Pharmacy Technician in hospital pharmacies, community pharmacies, long-term care facilities, home health agencies and/or pharmaceutical drug wholesale companies. Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Special Conditions

Health Manpower Shortage: This program of study may be designated a Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (see the Tuition, Fees and Payments  section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Health Manpower Shortage Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.


Anne Arundel Community College and/or the School of Health Sciences reserves the right to revise requirements for admission into the Health Sciences programs, the selection criteria and procedures, and the required courses for programs of study as deemed necessary without prior notification.



Entrance/Admission Requirements

Entrance Requirements

  1. Attendance at a program information session. Call 410-777-7318 for schedule. Detailed information regarding profession, admission and academic requirements will be discussed. For online schedule, go to www.aacc.edu/healthsciences/infosessions.
  2. Submit a program application by the application deadline.
  3. High school graduate or equivalency. Official transcripts required.
  4. Take the Arithmetic Placement Test and receive a score of 27 or higher or enroll in MAT 005  and complete it with a grade of C or better.
  5. Eligibility for ENG 111  or ENG 115  or ENG 121 .
  6. Students must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  7. Must be 18 years or older by the first day of class to register for RXN 275 - Pharmacy Practicum .
  8. Satisfactory completion of criminal background check.
  9. Submission of completed health examination record.
  10. Submission of current American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers certification card.

Selection Criteria

Students will be admitted to the pharmacy technician course sequence on a rolling admission basis. Students will apply for this program only after meeting all academic and admission criteria. Once the applicant’s admission criteria have been verified, that student receives conditional acceptance for the next available seat. Applications will be rejected if incomplete. Incomplete applications will be sent back to the student and can be resubmitted once they are complete. Students need only apply once to the program, providing their application is complete. A future seat will be slotted for them once the student meets the criteria for admission. To be considered for conditional acceptance, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Must attend or view an online information session prior to submitting an application. 
  • Must satisfactorily complete all academic and admission requirements.
  • Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  • Final selection for the pharmacy technician course sequence will be based on the criteria described in the pharmacy technician department admission requirements available at a program information session.
  • Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and satisfactory completion of a Health Examination Record.

Technical Standards

Students who are conditionally accepted to this program of study will be required to submit a Health Examination Record completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant validating that the student meets the technical standard of good physical and mental health as established by the School of Health Sciences, and verifying that the student is free of communicable diseases as evidenced by required immunizations/titers.


Students must successfully complete the American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR for Health Care Providers course by designated deadline.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences  section of this catalog.

Degree/Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements

Completion of Pharmacy Technician curriculum required courses with a grade of C or better in each course.

Graduation Requirements

Students apply to the Records and Registration office for the certificate after they complete the program requirements.

Certificate Requirements: 33 credits

Fall Term

Spring Term (Second 5 Weeks)

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Provide didactic, laboratory and experiential components of a pharmacy technician training program, thereby providing eligibility to students wishing to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.
  • Develop experimental, innovative and alternative approaches to implementing components of technician training program.
  • Establish and maintain effective and interpersonal working relationships with other members of the healthcare team.
  • Communicate clearly orally, electronically, and in writing.
  • Maintain an image appropriate to the profession of pharmacy to include ethical conduct, and be actively involved in professional organizations.
  • Display the requisite skill and knowledge needed to assist the pharmacist in collecting, organizing, and evaluating information for direct patient care, drug use review, and departmental management.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.