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Technicians Academy

Jill Carrier, CPhT, Pharmacy Technician
Tara Millar  Pharmacy Technician

This Academy is designed to meet the needs of pharmacy technicians working in all practice settings. The mission of the Pharmacy Technician Academy is to develop and enhance leadership skills, business skills and technical skills of pharmacy technicians. This is a forum to discuss practice challenges and concerns as well as share best practices and pearls of wisdom with colleagues practicing in similar settings.


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Permanent Rules Requiring Pharmacy Technicians to Complete Continuing Education

The Washington State Board of Pharmacy has adopted rules which establish continuing education (CE) requirements for pharmacy technicians.  The adopted rule was filed with the Code Revisers Office.
The rule requires pharmacy technicians to complete 10 hours of continuing education (CED) or 1.0 CE unit annually.  One hour must be in pharmacy law and the remaining nine hours must be in pharmacy technician related education.  The proposed rule mirrors the national CE standards for pharmacy technicians set by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians.

Continuing education accrual cycles will begin with those pharmacy technicians that have a January 1, 2013, birthday.  The first continuing education hours will not be required to be attested to, or reported, until January 1, 2014.   

You can find more information on the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission website wspqac@doh.wa.gov.  If you have questions, please call 360-236-4700.

PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technicians Play A Critical Role In Immunization Campaigns
Flu season is right around the corner. Are you ready to be immunized?

With flu season fast approaching, PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) will again play a critical role in immunization efforts at retail pharmacies across the country. For example, last year Walgreens successfully immunized over 7.4 million patients against H1N1 and seasonal influenza with the direct support of PTCB CPhTs. In preparation for the influenza season, Walgreens healthcare providers in pharmacies across the country are looking to build upon past success to continue to protect the public through efficient immunization practices. 

This year, CPhTs will again be needed to provide pharmacists with logistical support, as well as perform greater tasks within their scope of practice to keep operations running smoothly and allow pharmacists more time to work directly with patients.

“We believe PTCB CPhTs enhance the pharmacy team, resulting in higher quality care for patients,” said Melissa Murer Corrigan, RPh, Executive Director and CEO of PTCB. “We applaud the influenza campaign efforts of Walgreens and its pharmacist immunizers and appreciate the way they have effectively utilized the skill sets of CPhTs across the country to better connect with the communities and patients they serve.”

“Our pharmacists and other certified immunizers are specially trained and well positioned to provide immunizations in communities across the country. PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technicians at Walgreens are essential to maintaining pharmacy operations and making sure the pharmacists have the support to give the immunizations,” said Dan Luce, RPh, MBA, Director, Pharmacy Affairs for Walgreens. “The involvement of CPhTs is critical to our campaign’s success.”

Walgreens employs more than 24,000 certified immunizers including pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. In a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, over 12% of Americans reported receiving their immunizations from a pharmacy or drugstore during the 2009–2010 influenza season.1 The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommend a yearly flu shot for everyone over the age of six months during the flu season.

PTCB has certified over 380,000 pharmacy technicians since its inception in 1995. Walgreens requires pharmacy technicians in their organization be PTCB certified. In addition, all Walgreens store managers are PTCB certified as an important part of providing affordable, accessible, and quality health care at all its locations. Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in dispensing medications and are accountable to the supervising pharmacist who is legally responsible through state licensure for the care and safety of patients served by the pharmacy.

National Standardized Examination for Pharmacy Technician Certification in WA

Since January 1, 2009, applicants for first-time pharmacy technician (PT) credential have new requirements. The Board of Pharmacy adopted rules to require PT applicants to pass a board-approved national standardized exam. Individuals issued a pharmacy technician credential before 2009 will not need to meet the new standards. All PT applicants will still need to complete a pharmacy technician training program approved by the board.  

Pharmacy Technician exam(s) accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) meets the new exam prerequisite for credentialing in Washington State.

Organizations/Programs currently accredited by NCCA 

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, PTCB 

For more information about becoming a member of PTCB or how to apply to take the exam go to www.ptcb.org
Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians, ExCPT 

PTCB Exam Continuous Testing is now available!

Candidates will be able to test on-demand at their local Pearson VUE Professional Testing Center. Use the Testing Site Search to see which cities the exam is offered in during the current or upcoming exam period. Go to www.PTCB.org

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Renton, WA 98057
(425) 228-7171
Fax: (425) 277-3897
Email: wspa@wsparx.org

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