Requirements for pharmacy technicians vary by state, but most require certification, registration or licensure. Earning your certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) provides a valuable, industry-recognized credential that meets most states’ requirements.
New board seat brings independent community pharmacist perspective to the table
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), the nation's first and only nonprofit credentialing organization for pharmacy technicians, today announced the addition of B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) to its Board of Governors. As the first new board member since 2001, NCPA joins PTCB's five founding governing organizations to collaborate on guidance to best support and advance the pharmacy technician profession in all settings.
PTCB gains new independent community pharmacy board seat with the addition of NCPA
"We're excited to welcome NCPA to PTCB's Board of Governors," said William Schimmel, PTCB Executive Director and CEO. "Independent community pharmacies are critical lifelines for so many Americans and settings where pharmacy technicians can build their careers and serve their communities. Bringing the voice for independent pharmacy to the table is invaluable for helping to empower technicians and advance patient safety."
Founded in 1898, NCPA represents 19,400 pharmacies employing more than 215,000 individuals nationwide. Pharmacy technicians working in independent community pharmacies represent more than 10 percent of PTCB's 2022 Workforce Survey respondents. They are essential to advancing medication safety, supporting efficient workplace operations, and ensuring consistent care. NCPA's perspective will help shape the offerings of PTCB credentials based on what pharmacy technicians need to be successful and provide safe patient care in the community pharmacy setting.
"For community pharmacies to be as successful as possible, they must be made up of a strong team. Empowering technicians to develop specialized skills and support business operations that assist the pharmacist's work benefits independent pharmacy owners, their pharmacy teams, and the patients they serve," said NCPA's CEO, B. Douglas Hoey. "We're pleased to join the PTCB board to provide a voice to independent owners' interests in preparing technicians for roles in local, small business-pharmacies."
PTCB is a uniquely pharmacy-driven organization founded by and for the pharmacy profession to continuously Improve and support patient care. PTCB's Board is comprised of leaders from the American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists, Michigan Pharmacists Association, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, and now the National Community Pharmacists Association.
For more information, please visit PTCB.org.
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is the nation's first, most trusted, and only nonprofit pharmacy technician credentialing organization. Founded on the guiding principle that pharmacy technicians play a critical role in advancing medication and patient safety, PTCB has established the universal standard of excellence for those supporting patient care teams through offering the industry's most-recognized credentials, including the PTCB certification for Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT).
Founded in 1898, the National Community Pharmacists Association is the voice for the community pharmacist, representing nearly 19,400 pharmacies that employ approximately 215,000 individuals nationwide. Community pharmacies are rooted in the communities where they are located and are among America's most accessible health care providers. To learn more, visit www.ncpa.org.
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If you've ever taken Motrin or Advil for a headache or been treated at a hospital for an illness, you know medicine plays a crucial role in treating minor and major diseases. Nowadays, walking a few blocks without running into a pharmacy is impossible. The global pharmaceutical industry is growing daily and made $1.4 trillion in 2021, according to Proclinical. It's no surprise that Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer are among the top pharmaceutical companies in the world right now.
Available jobs in the pharmaceutical field continue to increase. In fact, the need for pharmacists grew three times in 2019, per Health Care Logistics, Inc. And, the pay is not bad either. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary of a pharmacist is $144,732 -- with the highest pay in the state of California.
If you've ever picked up a prescription from a pharmacy, you probably remember someone asking you if you have any questions regarding the medication. They could be a pharmacist or a pharmacy technician; their job is to dispense prescription medicines to people and advise them on how to use them safely. While the positions seem similar, they are not exactly the same. If you're interested in a career as a pharmacy technician, here's how you can get started.
Whenever you pick up a prescription at a pharmacy, you meet someone wearing a lab coat who checks your ID before dispensing the correct medication and tells you how to use the drug safely. This person is likely a pharmacy technician working under the supervision of a pharmacist. If that's a field you're interested in, this is what you need to do.
The first prerequisite for becoming a pharmacy technician is to have your high school diploma or GED. Then, you'll need to complete a pharmacy technician certificate or diploma program, which can be done online or at your local community college (via Nurse.org). You'll need to submit an application with placement test scores and transcripts and undergo a background check. Once you begin classes, it takes a year -- or two semesters -- to complete the program.
If you're interested in getting a higher certification, you can enroll in a pharmacy technician associate's degree program, which has the same requirements as a certificate program. However, it includes more in-depth classes and takes two years to complete.
For either program, the school you attend has to be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), per PharmTechs.org. While in school, you'll have to do an externship at a local pharmacy, even if you're studying online. Once you've passed the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam (PTCE), you'll get your certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
Depending on the certification, it takes a year or two to become a pharmacy technician. Depending on your state, you may also be required to obtain a license to work, per PharmTechs.org. The pharmacy technicians work under the pharmacists and often help communicate between pharmacists and patients.
To become a pharmacist, you need to get an undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy degree, which each takes four years to complete (via Indeed). Then you'll also have to complete an internship to understand the practical experience of the job. If you're interested in a specialized position, you must also complete a one- or two-year residency. After finishing training, you then have to pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure exam and Multi-state Pharmacy Jurisprudence exam and apply for your state's license.
Due to the difference in education and qualifications, pharmacy technicians make less than pharmacists. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a pharmacy tech's average yearly salary is about $33,950, but they can make up to $49,130. To choose the right program, you must decide how much time and money you want to spend on your education and how much money you'd like to make.
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Certified Pharmacy Technicians are experiencing ‘unprecedented high demand’ in the Chattanooga area according to Dr. Nancy Watts, director of Chattanooga State’s Pharmacy Technician Program, now celebrating its twentieth year. “The duties and responsibilities of pharmacy technicians are continuing to expand and technicians are being more highly utilized, especially in Tennessee,” states Watts.
Pharmacy technician’s work under the supervision of a pharmacist, must be willing to take directions, and be able to work competently without constant instruction by the pharmacist.Because of the critical nature of many pharmacy duties, pharmacy technicians must perform precise work and be detail-oriented.
Chattanooga State offers a 12-month technical certificate course in addition to an associate of applied science degree (A.A.S.) in Health Sciences. Graduates are prepared for various pharmacy settings including community, hospital, long-term care, and insurance companies. The Pharmacy Technician Program boasts an impressive 100 percent job placement rate.
To be eligible for the program, students must be at college-level for reading, writing and preferred math, as well as having successfully passed a criminal background check and drug screening. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by nine percent through 2024, which is faster than average for all occupations. The current average median salary is $30,000 per year.
Looking ahead to the future, “In 2020, applicants registering for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) national exam must have graduated from an American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited program,” says Watts.
Applications are being accepted now and will continue to be accepted until the class is filled. TN Promise students are welcome. Financial aid is available to qualified students.
An upcoming information session has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 29 at 10 a.m. in the Health Sciences Center building, room 2118. No reservations are needed and attendance is not required; but strongly encouraged. The information session addresses the application process, admission requirements, selection, program details, curriculum, overview, and career opportunities.
For more information on the Pharmacy Technician program or information session, call 423.697.2690 or visit https://www.chattanoogastate.edu/pharmacy-technician-certificate for online applications and complete program information.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra last week extended for 10 years his Aug. 4 public health emergency for monkeypox under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, and authorized additional providers to administer vaccines and therapeutics under the emergency declaration. The original declaration was effective through Dec. 31.
Authorized vaccine and therapeutics providers under the updated declaration include any dentist, advanced or intermediate emergency medical technician, licensed or certified professional midwife, nurse, advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, optometrist, paramedic, pharmacist, pharmacy intern, pharmacy technician, physician, physician assistant, podiatrist, respiratory therapist, or veterinarian who is licensed or certified to practice in any state or has held an active license or certification under the law of any state within the last five years. It also includes students with appropriate training in administering vaccines or therapeutics as determined by their school or training program, and supervision by a currently practicing health care professional, among other requirements.
With Walgreens offering bonuses up to $75,000 and pharmacists anonymously citing staffing shortages as a factor in pharmacy incidents, health system pharmacy leaders have faced struggles with recruiting enough workers — especially pharmacy technicians.
Here's what five pharmacy executives told Becker's were their solutions for mitigating the pharmacy worker shortage:
Editor's note: Responses were lightly edited for clarity and length.
Melissa Goff, PharmD. Vice President of Outpatient Pharmacy of Avera Health (Sioux Falls, S.D.): Recruiting enough pharmacy technicians to support our pharmacy operations has always been a challenge, especially in a market which consistently has a low unemployment rate. At Avera, we have worked to address this shortage by developing an internal pharmacy technician training program where we can assist individuals with completing their required certification while they receive on the job training. We have also implemented sign-on and referral bonuses for pharmacy technicians as well as increased the starting pay range in the last couple years, which has helped with recruitment and retention.
Bina Patel, PharmD. Associate Vice President of Acute Care Pharmacy Services at HonorHealth (Scottsdale, Ariz.): Like many health systems across the country, we have experienced staffing challenges for both pharmacists and technicians, but our biggest challenge has been with the qualified trained technician shortage. Our pharmacist residency programs have allowed us to continue to have a great pipeline for pharmacists.
We've taken steps to retain and recruit pharmacy technicians by standardizing our recruiting plan, reconnecting with pharmacy technician schools, creating a technician-leveling program and offering an in-house training program. It was also important that we address creating a pipeline for new talent for pharmacy technicians. We collaborated with Scottsdale Community College to start a new pharmacy technician training program. The program is designed with a more hands-on approach to learning skills. One of our pharmacy supervisors helped develop the training program and is also serving as an instructor. HonorHealth will prioritize placing interns at all of our medical centers.
Chad Hatfield, PharmD. Chief Pharmacy Officer of UC Davis Health: In terms of recruitment, we have begun a new program where we have partnered with technician training programs in the area to allow their students to train with us during their training program. Each program has a practical portion to their training and we provide them with this training. This allows us to recruit from these students as well as our normal channels. Secondarily, the pharmacy department has worked heavily on programs that focus on mental health, work-life balance and workloads that have helped with the constant demand on our technicians.
Sandy Salverson, PharmD. Vice President of Pharmacy Operations of OSF HealthCare (Peoria, Ill.): Like many healthcare providers, OSF HealthCare finds it difficult to recruit and retain pharmacy technicians across all pharmacy settings: hospital/health system, home infusion pharmacy and community (retail) pharmacy. Pharmacy technicians require technical skills and training to provide safe and effective care for patients. As we experience challenges in finding good candidates, the profession of pharmacy is also raising the bar on training and licensure expectations. In Illinois, regulations are changing to require graduation from an accredited pharmacy technician training program by Jan. 1, 2024.
To address the challenges in recruitment and retention, OSF HealthCare has offered sign-on bonuses and is hiring at the minimum licensure qualifications. OSF HealthCare then offers on-the-job training to facilitate the appropriate certification. To retain our pharmacy technicians, OSF HealthCare is also exploring the implementation of a career ladder to recognize and reward the progression of gained skills and competency. By 2024, OSF is also exploring partnerships with accredited pharmacy technician training programs and offering this opportunity to individuals who have not yet committed to pharmacy technician licensure, as a way to explore the career.
Suzanne Shea, PharmD. Vice President of Pharmacy and Clinical Nutrition of Sharp HealthCare (San Diego): At our Sharp pharmacies, we have experienced severe staffing issues during COVID-19 surges. Surprisingly, this summer was very hard. We are fortunate to have an in-house Sharp Resource Network where we hire pharmacy personnel who want to work. These are runners, techs and pharmacists. We also have expanded our pharmacist resident program (nine pharmacists) at three hospitals. We have strong relationships with area colleges of pharmacy where we hire graduates when possible. We are not offering sign-on bonuses at this time.
Effectively Escalating its Education Portfolio to Encompass the $4.7 Billion Health and Wellness Industry
PHOENIX, Oct. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), a world leader in the personal training certification industry, greatly expands its offering to encompass the health and wellness sector with the launch of the ISSA Health Coach Certification.
The certification is comprised of three custom Health Coaching Programs – with specific focuses on Nutrition, Transformation, or Online Coaching. Each program offers distinctive health and wellness specifications. The programs offer an efficient and comprehensive pathway toward a rewarding career in an industry projected to reach $7 trillion by 2025.
"COVID taught us all: Health is Wealth," said ISSA's CEO, Andrew Wyant. "The increased risks of obesity and controllable diseases have never been clearer. Unfortunately, there's no single approach that works for everyone. That's why Health Coaches are emerging as an important part of promoting healthier living. Health Coaches can fill the gaps between the exercise, nutrition and medical professionals to change behaviors and get lasting results."
ISSA's Health Coach Programs provide thorough training in cognitive behavior approaches, goal setting, psychology skills, and chronic health conditions. Students acquire the skills necessary to assess client needs and develop individualized wellness plans that meet their unique goals.
Further, ISSA Health Coach Programs eradicate common challenges for those interested in getting into the field. The certification offers three very clear career paths to eliminate the guesswork, and students can move through the courses at their own pace.
"It took a pandemic to fully understand the importance of wellness. Historically, health clubs and fitness professionals were more focused on traditional exercise," said Dan Duran, Vice President of Content and Partnerships. "The miss was incorporating overall lifestyle changes. Being prepared to holistically help clients achieve better health and wellness with the added value of nutrition, behavior change, recovery and lifestyle change is the future of coaching. Certified health coaches and clubs now have the ability to grow their businesses with these offerings. If they don't, clients will be looking elsewhere for those services. Be the one-stop solution!"
Each program includes the core Health Coaching basics course and adds three health & wellness specializations. This format allows students to choose their area of passion and is a comprehensive approach to addressing the various areas of wellness that clients require today.
This certification is ideal for coaches seeking to enhance their offering and evolve their career in a highly growth-centric industry, or for anyone looking to embark on a lucrative and fulfilling occupation helping to create holistic, healthy lifestyles for others.
About the International Sports Sciences Association
The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) is a global leader in the personal training certification industry. For more than 30 years, ISSA has been committed to providing innovative and science-based fitness education that creates a pathway for people to pursue their passion. In addition to their Personal Training Certification, ISSA offers 24 fitness specializations, including senior fitness, exercise therapy, and corrective exercise. To date, ISSA has educated more than 400,000 students across 174 countries, all while creating additional opportunities to promote a healthier world: www.ISSAonline.com.
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Oct. 10—VINCO — A Johnstown man will appear in Cambria County court, accused of stealing $31,842 worth of drugs from an East Taylor Township pharmacy that once employed him, authorities said.
East Taylor Township police charged Matthew Scott Miller, 48, of the 100 block of Charles Street, with three counts each of theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, forgery, receiving stolen property and obstructing law enforcement and drug-related charges.
Miller waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday before District Judge Mary Ann Zanghi, of Vinco,
Miller was employed by Martella's Pharmacy, 1932 William Penn Ave., as a pharmacy technician from March 2020 until Aug. 5, 2022.
According to a complaint affidavit, police allege that Miller stole quantities of oxycodone, hydrocodone and other drugs during his employment.
A check of inventory, order history and dispensing history uncovered missing controlled substances.
Surveillance video allegedly showed Miller placing a bottle and loose pills into his pocket. He also is seen removing a bottle from his pocket and placing it back on the shelf, the affidavit said.
During a police interview, Miller reportedly admitted to taking oxycodone, hydrocodone and percocet. Miller told police he had easy access to the drugs on a daily bases and could not resist the opportunity because he was addicted, the affidavit said.
Miller is being held at Cambria County Prison, in Ebensburg, after failing to post 10% of $75,000.