Certified Pharmacy Technician

Certified Pharmacy Technician
(CPhT)

Certification Process

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is given by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. During this exam they are tested on 9 different domains

  • Pharmacology for Technicians 13.75%
  • Pharmacy Law and Regulations 12.50%
  • Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding 8.75%
  • Medication Safety 12.50%
  • Pharmacy Quality Assurance 7.50%
  • Medication Order Entry and Fill Process 17.50%
  • Pharmacy Inventory Management 8.75%
  • Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement 8.75%
  • Pharmacy Information System Usage and Application 10.00%

This is a National Certification valid in all 50 states. Once the student gains certification they are registered with the State Board of Pharmacy.

Job Description

Certified Pharmacy Technicians work closely alongside the Pharmacist to help prepare and distribute prescription medications. A pharmacy technician can choose to work in a community pharmacy setting or hospital setting.

Duties

  • Screen prescription orders for accuracy and completeness
  • Prepare prescriptions; retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure, and sometimes mix the medications
  • Perform calculations
  • Prepare medicines used to treat cancer
  • Perform medication reconciliation
  • Assist in the management of investigational drug studies
  • Use technology to help maintain accurate patient record, prepare, and package medications, and place orders.

Pharmacy Technicians are currently in very high demand. As pharmacies expand patient care services, the role of and need for pharmacy technicians will also expand. With the appropriate amount of training and experience, pharmacy technicians make be promoted to supervisory roles.

To learn more about the Certified Pharmacy Technician Program, download the Program's brochure

Certified Pharmacy Technician Program Brochure