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College of Southern Maryland assistant professor and allied health program coordinator Sharon Baker, left, teaches pharmacy technician students techniques in preparing intravenous tubes.

The College of Southern Maryland pharmacy technician program has been recognized by the nation’s leading certifying organization for pharmacy technicians as ready and prepared to meet significant Certified Pharmacy Technician Program changes, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board announced earlier this year that it was changing eligibility requirements for CPhT programs and updating its Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam next year to make the requirements more rigorous.

“Pharmacy Technician Certification Board relies on data and pharmacy stakeholder conversations in all we do with the goal of advancing medication safety,” Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Executive Director and CEO William Schimmel said in a release. “The new eligibility requirements are based on input from pharmacy professionals that certain knowledge, skills and abilities are acquired most effectively through education, training or work experience. Pharmacy employers can be confident that PTCB-certified pharmacy technicians have demonstrated they have the knowledge to advance patient care in today’s pharmacy.”

“We are thrilled that CSM’s Pharmacy Technician Program is recognized as already fulfilling the more demanding training eligibility requirements that CPhT applicants will have to meet in January 2020,” Sharon Baker, CSM assistant professor and Allied Health Program coordinator, said in the release. “We have always felt our technician program delved into the intricacies of pharmaceutical demands well beyond standard requirements and this designation proves that.”

The college’s pharmacy technician program is part of the college’s Health Pathway course of study. To help focus students as they begin their coursework at CSM, the college’s 92 programs are placed within six program clusters called Guided Pathways. The six pathways consist of art and humanities; business and information systems; education and public service; health; science, technology, engineering and math; and, trades, transportation and energy.

For more information, go to www.csm.edu, or www.csmd.edu/programs-courses/pathways.