Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas started its pharmacy technician program the fall of 2012. A few months ago, it was announced JCCC’s program received six-year accreditation with the ASHP (American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists). This speaks to the pharmacy tech program’s success—one or two-year accreditation is a lot more common than a [...]

A pharmacy technician program can be intense. With classes on a variety of subjects, such as pharmacology, medical terminology, pharmacy calculations, anatomy and physiology and pharmacy computer systems…plus labs…plus at least one clinical externship/practicum…it can seem overwhelming to begin with. “Strong study skills, including time management and organizational skills, are essential for success in this [...]

Last month it was announced that Johnson County Community College (JCCC)’s pharmacy technician program earned six-year accreditation from the ASHP (American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists). “Accreditation is for one, two, three or six years… A first-time, six-year accreditation is a rarity,” Philip Schneider,  the Treasurer with the ASHP Foundation’s Board of Directors, is quoted as [...]

As the responsibilities of pharmacy technicians and pharmacy setting practices continue to advance, continuous learning is essential. Many state Boards of Pharmacy require pharmacy technicians to complete continuing education (CE) courses; CE credits are also required to maintain CPhT certification through the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) and NHA (National Healthcareer Association).  (You can learn [...]

Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina, offers a one-year pharmacy technician program that is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Trident accepts 24 students into its pharmacy tech program each year. recently caught up with one of this year’s students, Rosie Crawford. In this interview, Crawford discusses her inspiration for [...]

If you have been looking into taking a pharmacy technician education program, you may have heard the term “accredited” thrown around. Since 1982, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has been accrediting pharmacy technician programs. Accreditation refers to a school’s program meeting specified standards in such areas as administration, faculty/directors, educational components and more. [...]

It’s a running joke that doctors have sloppy handwriting. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are among those professionals who have adapted to physician penmanship. However there are times when handwritten ‘scripts’ are just too puzzling for pharmacy staff to decipher. (For fun, check out Pharmacy Times’ “Can You Read These Rxs?” to get a taste!) Eye-Opening [...]

Often to be admitted into a Pharmacy Technician Program you must fulfill certain prerequisite courses (or demonstrate that you have applicable knowledge and skills in these areas). Depending on the college, such courses may be from high school and/or college. However, prior healthcare experience or training may waive some or all of these prerequisites. Examples [...]

Up to three billion medications are prescribed per year in the United States, states the FDA’s Drug Safety and Availability “Safe Use Fact Sheet.” The Fact Sheet adds, “The Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that at least 1.5 million preventable adverse drug events occur within the healthcare system each year.” Fortunately, medication reconciliation procedures are [...]

Typically to become a pharmacy technician, you would take an accredited education or training program, become certified or licensed (depending on your state) and start working at a local pharmacy, hospital or another setting requiring your specialized services. An alternative route is to apply for a Pharmacy Specialist position (MOS 68Q), which is categorized as [...]

Pharmacy technicians are multi-taskers and multi-talented. They are communicators, providing patients with quality customer service, conferring with other healthcare departments or organizations, not to mention the pharmacist (whose job they make so much easier). They are knowledgeable in their field and their roles of dispensing medications with 100% precision, maintaining inventory, updating electronic files and [...]