Martinsburg College is an online distance learning college offering an industry leading health care education certificate program. We are proud to serve the military community including veterans and military spouses.

Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program


Pharmacy technicians perform a variety of roles including ensuring patients’ medical needs are met and prescriptions are accurate. Pharmacy technicians also perform other functions such as filling prescription requests, prepacking bulk medicines, responding to patient questions, maintaining proper storage and security conditions for drugs, establishing and maintaining patient profiles, and maintaining adequate supplies of medications. In the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program, students will learn pharmacology, medical terminology and abbreviations, pharmacy law and ethics, pharmacy mathematics and dosage calculations, medication preparation, prescription processing, inventory, insurance billing, communication, and customer service skills. The program length is 32 weeks.

The overall program goal is to provide students with the knowledge of pharmacy practices and familiarize them with pharmacological concepts and processes including using math to perform pharmacy calculations when preparing prescriptions.

Upon completion of this certificate program, students are expected to able to:

  • Identify the knowledge, skills, and job responsibilities of a pharmacy technician
  • Use standard pharmacy reference sources
  • Identify the top 200 drugs and list their uses and side effects
  • Carry out dosage calculations
  • Identify the information contained on medication orders, prescriptions, and drug labels

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Completion: Students must successfully complete 18 semester credit hours to earn a Pharmacy Technician Certificate.

Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program – Topics Include

Introduction to Pharmacy Practices

Medical Terminology

Communication and Customer Service

Pharmacy Law and Ethics

Regulations and Standards


Medication Errors

Drug Classifications

Over-the-Counter Medications

Dosage Routes and Forms

Pharmacy Math and Dosage Calculations

Numbering and Measuring Systems

Medication Orders and Prescriptions

Mathematical Concepts

Pharmacy Practices and Employment

Retail Practice Settings

Hospital Practice Settings

Other Practice Settings

Inventory Management


Credentialing and Employment