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Get Ready To Cast Your Vote for the CPhT of the Year - Join PTCB on Social Media
Voting for the 2016 PTCB CPhT of the Year will begin in mid-September. The nomination period closed August 12, and PTCB is reviewing the large pool of nominations we received. We will select a small group of finalists to appear on the online ballot. Next it will be your turn to vote! Watch for the announcement on social media when voting opens.
Be sure to Like PTCB on Facebook, stay connected on Twitter and Instagram, and follow PTCB's Group and PTCB's Company Page on LinkedIn. Look for updates at www.ptcb.org. The 2016 honoree will receive a $1,000 honorarium and be recognized for leadership, innovation, and excellence in patient safety.
Thank You for Completing the PTCB Job Analysis Survey
Thank you to all active CPhTs who completed the PTCB Pharmacy Technician Job Analysis Survey. You have made an important contribution to the future of your occupation. PTCB was pleased to receive a strong response rate. The survey results will be used to analyze the requirements of the occupation, and develop content for the next update of PTCB's Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).
REMINDER: Recertify On Time!
If your certification expires on September 30, your Application Deadline is September 1. Be sure to complete your CE and apply by Midnight ET on September 1 to avoid a $25 Late Fee in addition to the standard $40 recertification fee. If your expiration date is October 31, you will be able to submit your application beginning on September 1 when your Application Window opens; be sure to apply by October 1 to avoid a late fee. To view your account, log in now
Test Centers Open in Nebraska To Offer Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam
Eleven new Pearson VUE test centers have opened across Nebraska that offer the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). As reported last month, a new Nebraska law requires individuals hired as pharmacy technicians by a pharmacy facility licensed under the Health Care Facility Licensure Act to be registered with the Pharmacy Technician Registry prior to working as a pharmacy technician. Beginning January 1, 2017, a pharmacy technician will need to be certified by a state or national certifying body approved by the Nebraska State Board of Pharmacy in order to be employed as a pharmacy technician in such a facility in the state. Technicians in Nebraska who wish to become PTCB-certified may choose where to take the PTCE from the expanded list of locations found on the Pearson website.
Have a question? Visit PTCB’s Help Center
PTCB has a Help Center designed to help you quickly find answers to all your certification questions. The Help Center features a searchable homepage where you can browse topics, view commonly-asked questions and their answers, and get the information you need instantly. If you don’t find your answer, you can submit a question of your own to our customer service team. PTCB is committed to improving our website to serve you. Our new Help Center is part of PTCB’s continued effort to give you all the information you need when you need it, at any time of day or night. Explore the Help Center now.
Mark Your Calendar: National Pharmacy Technician Day is October 18, 2016
Watch for updates on PTCB's website and on social media.
NEWS AND RESOURCES
Northland Association of Pharmacy Technicians (NAPT) Invites All CPhTs To Fall Conference, October 7-8
PTCB Director of Strategic Alliances Miriam Mobley Smith, PharmD, FASHP, will be the keynote presenter at the Northland Association of Pharmacy Technicians (NAPT) Fall Conference, October 7-8. The 2016 NAPT conference offers 10 ACPE-approved CE hours, including patient safety, law, and general courses, and is an opportunity for CPhTs to network with fellow pharmacy technicians. This year the conference is open to all CPhTs across the country. View the agenda and registration form for details on speakers, location, fees, and registration.
Online Technician Education Program Becomes Accredited
The American Society of Health System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ASHP/ACPE) recently approved initial accreditation of 16 additional pharmacy technician education and training programs, and reaccredited five programs. One of the newly-accredited programs is an internet learning solution offered by TRC Pharmacy Technicians University. Online programs such as this one show promise for employers and technicians by offering increased capacity, potential cost savings, and expanded availability for technicians.
Illinios Law Requiring CE Will Take Effect in January 2017
A new law will take effect in Illinois on January 1, 2017 requiring registered certified pharmacy technicians to complete 20 hours of ACPE-approved CE during the 24 months prior to the expiration date of their certificate. One hour must be in the subject of pharmacy law and one hour must be in patient safety. Illinois technicians are encouraged to become familiar with the specifics of the new CE requirements, which may be different from PTCB's requirements.
Pharmacy Technicians Working in Washington, DC Must Register by November 20
According to information from the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH), every individual who is a pharmacy technician or a pharmacy technician trainee in DC must be registered with the DC DOH by November 20, 2016. For information, view the Pharmacy Technician Registration Application Package available on the DOH website.
PTCB does not recommend or endorse specific educational or CE courses or materials for pharmacy technicians; however, PTCB does share examples of CE resources for informational purposes only. Resources shared are in no way authored, supported, sponsored, owned, or endorsed by PTCB.
Free CE - Electronic Prior Authorization Prior authorization, a requirement that affects 186 million prescriptions per year, was implemented to provide the most appropriate and cost-effective health care services. It is prominent in community, specialty, long term care, mail order, and hospital pharmacy settings. The newly-adopted electronic prior authorization (ePA) standard reduces the burden of the traditional paper or phone-based PA process, improves first-fills, patient adherence and therapeutic outcomes, and prevents prescription abandonment. Learn about a free CE course offered on this topic.
PTCB ON THE ROAD
Come Talk to Us
PTCB wants to hear from you! PTCB is working with CPhTs, educators, employers, boards of pharmacy, and state/national organizations as we approach the year 2020 when PTCB’s initial certification requirements will change. Beginning in 2020, pharmacy technicians applying to become certified will need to complete an education program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ASHP/ACPE) before taking the PTCE. PTCB staff continue to gather feedback from technicians and stakeholders across the country while we are on the road. Please stop by our exhibit locations, listed below, to share your comments. As an alternative, you may contact PTCB any time through our Help Center to share your comments.
July 20 - 23: PTCB exhibited at Cardinal RBC in Chicago, IL.
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