Oliver Achieves Advanced Certified Pharmacy Technician Credentials

When Tabatha Oliver achieved her Advanced Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT-Adv) certification she became Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) first-ever pharmacy technology graduate to obtain this recognition and says OFTC is at the center of her success.

“I’m so grateful I made the decision to pursue a career in pharmacy technology,” Oliver shared. “I never imagined how fulfilling it would be. That decision to start at OFTC led me to where I am today.”

Changing Directions

It was later in life when Oliver decided she wanted to change careers. “When I asked around about the best local college, OFTC was the name everyone suggested with high praise,” she shared.

Oliver knew she wanted to be in the healthcare field and after much thought decided to pursue a career in pharmacy technology.

When she started taking classes at OFTC, the small class sizes and atmosphere made Oliver feel welcomed. “I was able to build relationships with my instructors and classmates and that made me feel encouraged and supported, and ultimately I think it helped me become more successful,” Oliver shared.

During the program Oliver thrived in all she did, even graduating with a Diploma in Pharmacy Technology with a 4.0 GPA.

“I am very proud of Tabatha and her achievements,” shared OFTC Pharmacy Technology instructor, Jack Shepherd. “She was an outstanding student and a true testimony of someone who wanted to advance in life and worked diligently to make it happen.”

And while there’s no doubt Oliver’s hard work contributed to her success her excellent training is something she cites as foundational to her efforts to excel in the pharmacy technology field.

“My instructor Mr. Jack Shepherd made sure that we were well prepared to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam by providing us with the hands-on training we needed,” Oliver shared. “We were well equipped with the experience, training materials, and practice exams to be successful, which is evident by the programs remarkable success rate.”

Continual Learning

After graduating Oliver went straight to work as a Certified Pharmacy Technician in several local pharmacies. But when her dream-job opened at the Carl Vinson Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center she immediately applied.

“It had been my goal to work at the VA since my clinical rotations,” Oliver said, “and I was thrilled when they hired me in 2016.”

Oliver currently works at the VA and says she enjoys the opportunity to serve the nation’s veterans. “This is a very fulfilling career, knowing that I am giving back to our veterans and our community,” she said.

While working at the VA, Oliver’s love for the pharmacy field only grew. And with new advancements in pharmacy technology progressing rapidly, she knew she wanted to remain knowledgeable. So, in 2019 she took the Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician exam to become a Certified Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT).

“When the pandemic happened, I was the technician assigned to draw up the COVID-19 vaccines and deliver them to our vaccine clinic,” Oliver shared.

During this time, Oliver learned of a new certification offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board – Immunization Administration – and decided she would not only earn it but that she would complete the two additional certifications required to become a CPhT-Adv.

“I enjoy learning and keeping up with the changes that occur with pharmacy and knew that by pursuing my advanced certification I would be able to better serve both the VA and our veterans,” Oliver added.

Oliver studied and completed the Technician Product Verification Certification and the Hazardous Drug Management Certifications to meet the requirements of the CPhT-Adv on July 10.

“You are never too old to learn new things and it’s never too late to start a new journey,” Oliver shared. “Pharmacy is an ever-changing field and there are many opportunities to grow as a pharmacy technician.”

“I am so thankful that I chose OFTC to begin this journey I’m on. I love my career and couldn’t imagine doing anything else!”

For more info on OFTC’s Pharmacy Technology Program, visit the College’s website, OFTC.edu.