Working with educators to prepare a qualified pharmacy technician workforce
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is pleased to announce the launch of the Educator Program, designed for pharmacy technician educational institutions and training programs that provide classroom instruction, position students for employment in the evolving health care system, and prepare individuals to participate in PTCB's national certification program.
"New medications, technology, and developments in health care continue to expand pharmacy technician responsibilities beyond traditional roles," said PTCB Executive Director and CEO, Everett McAllister, RPh, MPA. "As more training programs emerge to meet these demands, collaboration between PTCB and educators is essential to effectively prepare students for the pharmacy workforce."
Once enrolled, Advocate Educators receive a variety of complimentary benefits and resources from PTCB. Offerings include free individual verification of a pharmacy technician's certification status, monthly newsletters, recognition on PTCB's website, discounts on the Official PTCB Practice Exam™, and quarterly School Performance Reports to track class performance on the PTCE.
"When education, training, and national certification through PTCB converge, a strong pharmacy technician workforce emerges," said Pharmacy Technician Educator Council Past President, Janet McGregor Liles, MSHS, CPhT. "The Educator Program provides a great opportunity for pharmacy technician training programs to work directly with PTCB to better support students."
To join the program, educators must complete an online application. Advocate Educators are issued a PTCB school code that may be used to connect students' PTCE scores to their place of training via School Performance Reports. Reports are issued quarterly and provide educators with data on their class' PTCE performance. Educational institutions that already have a PTCB school code must join the program to maintain their current school code and receive quarterly School Performance Reports.
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) develops, maintains, promotes, and administers a nationally accredited certification and recertification program for pharmacy technicians to enable the most effective support of pharmacists to advance patient safety. PTCB was established in 1995 and is an independent organization whose Board of Governors is composed of the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists, the Michigan Pharmacists Association, and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Pharmacy technicians may apply to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam at www.ptcb.org.
SOURCE Pharmacy Technician Certification Board