Central New Mexico Community College

Central New Mexico Community College - Pharmacy technology certificate program

Pharmacy technology certificate program

General Info

  • Established in 1965 as Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute (TVI), the college's mission was to provide adults with marketable skills and the related education needed to succeed in an occupation.
  • Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) has transitioned from a trade school to a community college and become the second largest educational institution in New Mexico.
  • Mission:
    Providing a student-centered liberal arts curriculum, taught by dedicated faculty, that is the foundation for career and academic opportunities.
  • Vision:
    Being the best two-year transfer school in New Mexico, increasing the number of discipline specific Associate degrees, supporting high quality instruction, and providing innovative leadership in P-20 partnerships and in articulation with four-year schools.

The Program

Pharmacy Technician Program

  • The Pharmacy Technician Program is designed to prepare students for careers as pharmacy technicians in hospital, retail, mail-order pharmacies and other pharmacy related industries.
  • 2- term program leading to a certificate in Pharmacy Technology. Students who complete the program also receive a certificate of training in sterile product preparation. The Pharmacy Technician Program is recognized by the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy.
  • Students receive classroom, laboratory and practical experience covering all aspects of the profession.
  • Included in the laboratory portions of the program is a 45-hour content-specific block of instruction dealing with the preparation of sterile intravenous products as required by the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy.

The Curriculum

Pharmacy Technician Program Exit Competencies:

Upon completion of the CNM Pharmacy Technician Program, graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to:
  1. assist the pharmacist in collecting, organizing, and evaluating information for direct patient care, drug use review, and departmental management
  2. understand the use and side effects of prescription and nonprescription drugs used to treat common disease states
  3. Assist the pharmacist in monitoring the practice site for compliance with federal, state and local laws, regulations and professional standards
  4. purchase pharmaceuticals, devices, and supplies according to an established purchasing program
  5. take personal responsibility for assisting the pharmacist in improving the pharmaceutical care of patients


Accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

Academic Degree

Pharmacy Technician Certificate


Central New Mexico Community College
525 Buena Vista Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

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Added: Fri Jun 15 2012
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