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CPhT Connection - November 2015

by Laura Humphrey | Nov 23, 2015


PTCB Celebrates!
PTCB hosted a special twentieth anniversary reception on October 27 to celebrate two decades of advancing patient care and safety. PTCB welcomed pharmacy leaders, employers, educators, PTCB staff, and local 20-year CPhTs to the festive event. A high point of the evening was a special ceremony to honor Hortense Jones, the 2015 PTCB CPhT of the Year, when PTCB Executive Director and CEO Everett B. McAllister MPA, RPh, presented her with her award. Read the full story.

PTCB Releases Short 20-Year Anniversary Film: Take a Look!
PTCB is proud to present our newly-released 20-Year Anniversary Film. Take a look now! PTCB’s recent twentieth anniversary reception included a premiere showing of this 5-minute mini-documentary and its candid interviews with CPhTs, pharmacy leaders, and stakeholders who point out expanding technician roles and the growth of PTCB’s Certification Program in the past 20 years. We welcome you to share this film with your colleagues, CPhTs, pharmacists, and others.

National Pharmacy Technician Day Photo Gallery is Live
National Pharmacy Technician Day was October 20. Thank you to those of you who shared your pharmacy team photos with PTCB. View the 2015 gallery!

DID YOU KNOW? Some CE Requirements Will Change in 2016
This is a reminder that effective January 1, 2016, PTCB will implement a change in CE recertification requirements for CPhTs that reduces the allowable number of CE hours earned via college/university courses from 15 to 10. Beginning in 2016, a maximum of 10 of your 20 CE hours may be earned by completing a relevant college course with a grade of 'C' or better. Read more.

Print Your Free Wallet Card
Now you can print your own wallet card to carry with you and show others you are PTCB Certified. To print yours, log into your PTCB Account and click 'Print Certificate' under 'Certification Management'. If you are using Chrome or Firefox as your browser, please download your card first and open it as a PDF file before printing. 


Leadership for Pharmacy Technicians: On-Demand Webinar
As health care delivery in the community pharmacy continues to evolve, the need for effective leadership skills is increasing. Practitioners need to create positive environments within the pharmacy to develop teams and achieve positive work-life balance. This CE program will explore the challenges and strategies of leading pharmacies to achieve organizational excellence. Read more.

IMPORTANT: Check Your NABP e-Profile in CPE Monitor; Include Your PTCB Certification Number
The CPE Monitor is a national, collaborative effort by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education that allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed CPE credits in a central system. PTCB is completing the first step in the process of connecting your CPE Monitor account to your PTCB Account. In the future, this connection between the two accounts will allow records of CE hours in your CPE Monitor account to be recorded automatically in your PTCB Account. To help prepare your account for this change, it is important for you to log into your NABP e-profile and access your CPE Monitor account to be sure your e-Profile is set up correctly, and that it includes your PTCB Certification number. If you have not yet registered for CPE Monitor, please do so today. 


Washington, DC Approves Registration Requirements for Pharmacy Technicians
Effective November 20, 2015, the Washington, DC Department of Health has adopted new rules (Chapter 99 of Title 17 regarding business, occupations and professionals) to require registration and to regulate the practice of pharmacy technicians and pharmacy technician trainees. To be eligible for registration, a technician must obtain national certification or complete a Board-approved training program, which includes a Board-approved exam. Please visit the District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy web page for future updates.

Vermont To Require National Certification in July 2017
The Vermont Board of Pharmacy recently voted to require national certification of pharmacy technicians, beginning July 1, 2017. The new rules require individuals registered with the Vermont Board as certified pharmacy technicians to maintain national certification. If an individual allows their national certification to lapse or does not meet the requirements for continued national certification, they will not be permitted to practice as a registered certified pharmacy technician. View the rules.

Pharmacy Technicians Explain Their Essential Contributions to the Team
In recognition of National Pharmacy Technician Day on October 20, some pharmacy technicians shared their stories in interviews with Pharmacy Times, and explained why the technician profession should be celebrated. Their experiences highlight the varied yet essential roles that technicians play on the pharmacy team. Read the full story.

Maureen Sparks Named Washington State Pharmacy Technician of the Year
Maureen Sparks, CPhT, was recently named the Washington State Pharmacy Technician of the Year by the Washington State Pharmacy Association. She has been an instructor at Clover Park Technical College's Pharmacy Technician Program in Lakewood, WA for nearly 2 decades. The award comes 4 months after she received the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council's Technician Educator Award. She serves on the Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission and is an accreditation evaluator for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Why Credentialing Matters

The PTCB Certification Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), a program of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). As the country's leading certification program, PTCB understands the importance of credentialing. ICE recently released a video that explores the question:
"Credentialing: What is It and Why is It Important?" Watch the video

Coming Up

•  December 6-10: PTCB will exhibit at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

PTCB on the Road

•  October 18-21: PTCB attended and exhibited at the Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar in Washington, DC, and hosted an ice cream social on October 20, National Pharmacy Technician Day.
•  October 23-25: PTCB presented at the Northland Association of Pharmacy Technicians annual meeting in Grand Forks, ND.
•  November 12-15: PTCB presented at the American Society of Pharmacy Law Seminar on Developments in Pharmacy Law in Miami, FL.
•  November 19-22: PTCB presented at the Association for Career and Technical  Education CareerTech Vision conference in New Orleans, LA.
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