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Melissa Murer Corrigan Receives Prestigious NOCA Leadership Award

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's (PTCB) Executive Director and CEO, Melissa Murer Corrigan, RPh, has received the 2008 Certification Industry Leadership Award, the highest annual honor given by the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). The award recognizes Ms. Murer Corrigan's innovative leadership in developing, implementing, and researching programs or practices for the field of certification and licensure.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) November 25, 2008 -- The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is pleased to announce that PTCB Executive Director and CEO, Melissa Murer Corrigan, RPh, has received the 2008 Certification Industry Leadership Award, the highest annual honor given by the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). The award, presented at the NOCA Annual Educational Conference, recognizes Ms. Murer Corrigan's innovative leadership in developing, implementing, and researching programs or practices for the field of certification and licensure. Ms. Murer Corrigan has certified more than 320,000 pharmacy technicians as the founding executive of PTCB.

"This award is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of all my colleagues and partners involved in making PTCB a success since our founding in 1995," said Ms. Murer Corrigan. "The certification of pharmacy technicians in the U.S. has advanced the patient safety of millions of Americans and I am so proud of the PTCB team and all of our certified technicians."

PTCB is the largest NCCA accredited national certification program for pharmacy technicians in the country. Major pharmacy chains such as Walgreens, CVS, and Target partner with PTCB as well as major health-systems, the military, and pharmacy technician educators. Ms. Murer Corrigan has worked closely with the PTCB governing organizations, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists, and the Michigan Pharmacists Association to create and grow a cadre of trained, tested, and trusted pharmacy technicians nationwide.

"NOCA member organizations and all credentialing bodies can learn from the leadership of Melissa Murer Corrigan," said Cynthia C. Durley, MEd, MBA, Executive Director of the Dental Assisting National Board. "In the 13 short years of PTCB's existence, Melissa has worked with regulatory bodies and legislators in 30 states to help create an understanding of the need for education and credentialing for pharmacy technicians and the inclusion of certification standards in their pharmacy practice acts."

PTCB certification was recently recognized by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) as the benchmark and standard for ensuring patient safety in the growing pharmacy technician career field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that "employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average occupation through 2014." Pharmacy technicians remain accountable to supervising pharmacists, who are legally responsible by virtue of state licensure for the care and safety of patients served by the pharmacy.

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About the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)

PTCB was established in January 1995 and is governed by five pharmacy organizations - the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP), the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). The goal of the PTCB national certification program is to enable pharmacy technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. PTCB contracts with Pearson VUE, the industry's technology leader, as its computer-based testing vendor. PTCB draws upon the experience and expertise of its 13-year partner, Professional Examination Service (PES) for test development.

About the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA)

Established in 1977, NOCA is the international leader in setting quality standards for credentialing organizations and through its division, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), has provided over 30 years of accrediting services to the credentialing industry. NOCA's membership is composed of credentialing organizations, testing companies and individual professional development consultants. NOCA and NCCA are based in Washington, DC. The Web site address is


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