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Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Announces Milestone: 300,000 Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT)
Date:5/22/2008

Computer-based test delivery provides greater convenience for those seeking

certification

WASHINGTON, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) announced today that over 300,000 pharmacy technicians have officially been designated Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT) through successfully completing the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination or transfer process since the program's inception in 1995. In 2006, PTCB transitioned from a paper-and-pencil format to computer-based testing through Pearson VUE, thereby making its exam more widely available.

PTCB is the pioneer in the certification of pharmacy technicians, who play a vital role in assisting pharmacists in serving patients nationwide. Pharmacy technicians work in retail pharmacies, hospitals and health-systems, nursing homes, mail-order pharmacies, and other pharmacy locations. The field is growing -- pharmacy technician was named one of the 30 top jobs of 2008 by CareerBuilder.com.

The PTCB national Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) is the only certification program for pharmacy technicians accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NCCA accreditation represents an independent audit by certification industry experts and ensures that PTCB's certification program adheres to current standards of practice in the certification industry. The PTCE is recognized by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, major employers, pharmacy technicians nationwide, and state boards of pharmacy. The PTCE is delivered through Pearson Professional Centers in all 50 states, and is included in regulations of 30 states.

"Certifying pharmacy technicians is critical to patient safety. We know that in a recent survey of American consumers, 91% support strong regulations across the country to protect patient safety by requiring that pharmacy technicians be trained and certifi
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