A couple weeks ago, the Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia, Ohio inducted over 20 students into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). The 24 inductees are studying various career programs including Pharmacy Technician, Intro to Nursing, Law Enforcement, Cosmetology, Construction Technology, Computer Technology & Networking Systems, Medical Assisting and more.
NTHS has over 200,000 student members across the U.S. and beyond representing 108 career and technical education fields, including Pharmacy Technicians.
What is the National Technical Honor Society?
The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)’s mission is “To honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence, award scholarships, and enhance career opportunities,” states its website.
Being inducted into the NTHS demonstrates your accomplishments as a student, your talent and your commitment to a successful career.
Some of the benefits of being an NTHS member include scholarship opportunities (NTHS will be awarding more than $160,000 in scholarships this year alone), a certificate of recognition, career search assistance and resources and letters of recommendations.
How do I become a Member of the NTHS?
Like Buckeye Career Center, thousands of colleges, technical institutes and high schools have NTHS Chapters. Each NTHS Chapter inducts students completing one of the eligible career and technical education programs (from Pharmacy Technician and Radiology to Apparel/Textiles, Court Reporting and Plumbing) into the Society.
A school’s NTHS Chapter will set guidelines on what makes a student eligible. The national organization sets a minimum standard of a 3.0 GPA; however on average a 3.50-3.75 GPA requirement is set. Additional pre-requisites may include the number of credits already completed, disciplinary and attendance records, involvement in student organizations and/or other criteria.
Student members pay a one-time fee of $25 to the national organization. It is up to the individual Chapters whether they will charge additional dues.
Up to one year after graduation, students who were already inducted members in the NTHS can join as an Alumni Member to benefit from professional development resources.
Pharmacy Technician Schools with NTHS Chapters
You can find out which accredited pharmacy technician schools have a National Technical Honor Society Chapter by cross-referencing the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and NTHS directories.
Just some examples of accredited pharmacy technician schools with NTHS Chapters (according to the ASHP and NTHS directories) include:
- Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta, Georgia
- American Career College in Los Angeles, California
- Everest University in Tampa, Florida
- San Jacinto College (North & South campuses) in Houston, Texas
- Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Heald College, Honolulu Campus in Hawaii
- Midlands Technical College inColumbia, South Carolina
- North Central Kansas Technical College in Hays, Kansas
- Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina
- And more!
Numerous high schools across the country have National Technical Honor Society Chapters too!