Pharmacy Tech Program Recognized by Pharmacy Tech Certification Board
In 2013, Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) Pharmacy Technician Program garnered national accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the highest accreditation award given to pharmacy education training programs.
Recently, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) announced beginning January 1, 2020 it will recognize ASHP/ACPE accredited programs like OFTC’s as PTCB-recognized for the Certified Pharmacy Technician’s education/training requirement.
“Right now, anyone can sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam,” shared OFTC ‘s Pharmacy Technology Program Director Jack Shepherd,” but effective January 2020, a candidate must have been through an approved educational training program or demonstrate in field experience in the prescribed competencies to be attested to by an employer.”
And since OFTC’s program is accredited by ASHP and ACPE, all graduates of the College’s Pharmacy Technician program will meet the educational requirements to be eligible to sit for the national certification exam to become licensed pharmacy technicians.
According to the PTCB’s release, to be eligible to sit for the certification exam, one must complete a PTCB-recognized education/training program or demonstrate and prove equivalent work experience.
“As program director I have seen the pharmacy profession turning toward more hiring of pharmacy technicians that have been through educational training, which includes 450 hours of clinical training in-field in various pharmacy settings,” Shepherd said. “I anticipate enrollment to begin to rise in 2020 with the PTCB adopting education before certification standards.”