College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Road
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
Pharmacy technicians start at $21,100 and earn up to $44,600 dependent upon experience. Pharmacists earn $73,000 - $122,700 annually in the state of Maryland.
Much faster than average career field growth rate 2010-2020.
CSM Offers two opportunities to become a Pharmacy Technician. Learn more
|Financial Assistance is available for this program|
A Pharmacy Technician assists a pharmacist by counting tablets, labeling bottles, and performing other routine tasks. With further training, technicians can go on to become pharmacists who distribute prescription drugs to individuals. They also advise their patients, as well as physicians and other health practitioners, on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications.
A Pharmacy Technician may measure, mix, and count tablets. The Pharmacy Technician may record amounts and dosages of medications, maintain medication inventory, and may accept prescriptions for filling by the pharmacist.
Students must successfully complete three WorkKeys Assessment tests given in the CSM Testing Center. Students must pass with a minimum of U4 in Reading, U3 in Locating Info and 5 in Applied Mathematics. For information on registering for this assessment, please visit http://www.csmd.edu/WorkforceDevelopment/workkeys.html.
Maintain Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers Card. CSM offers a course that meets this criteria if you do not already have it: HTH-6650 - AHA Healthcare Provider Course
|HTH 5000 Introduction to Healthcare||48|
|HTH 5670 Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Prep
|HTH 5680 Pharmacy Technician Clinical Practice||
Advance your career by passing the following certification exam:
|CERTIFIED PHARMACY TECHNICIAN|
|Successful completion prepares the student to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. Instructors assist students with the application process.|
Kelly Winters, MSN, RN, CPP
“CSM's Pharmacist Technician training program is fantastic for learning the required information needed to pass the exam.”