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Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program

Certificate -  Allied Health Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Pharmacy Practice for Pharmacy Technicians I PMT111 4 ENG095 or placement
Pharmacy Practice for Pharmacy Technicians II PMT112 4 PMT111
Pharmacy Practice for Pharmacy Technicians III PMT113 4 PMT112
Practicum and Seminar for the Pharmacy Technician PMT299 4 ENG095 or placement
Total Credits 16
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

Additional Information

This is a selective program. View Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program Selective Program Application and Instructions

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Program Overview

Through classroom teaching and practical experience in one or more pharmacy settings, the student will be prepared to work in teams supervised by a pharmacist to prepare prescriptions; provide customer service and perform inventory control, record keeping and the packaging of drugs. Courses in this 16-credit program include the following topics: Pharmacy Operations, Pharmaceutical Calculations, Pharmacology and Pharmacy Law. Students also participate in a 150 hour Internship in a pharmacy. This certificate program is designed to be completed in one semester.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for placement in a clerkship site, to take the PTCB examination, and for registration as a technician with the Board of Pharmacy, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6 Sections 167 – 178B, to access CORI records.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI check process, please contact the College CORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by more than 20 percent by 2022.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Upon completion of the certificate program and after attaining a 75% or better score on the Board of Pharmacy Qualification Exam, the student will be able to apply and be licensed as a Pharmacy Technician in Massachusetts.
  • Graduates are prepared to apply and sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
  • Upon passing the National PTCB Exam graduates will be able to be registered as a Pharmacy Technician in Massachusetts.