Online version is free to ICHP Technician members!
ICHP pharmacy technician members are automatically signed up for an online subscription to Pharmacy Tech Topics™ as part of their ICHP membership and receive an email with access information from the pharmacytechtopics.com website. If you need assistance accessing your online subscription, please call us at 815-227-9292.
Pharmacy Tech Topics™ is home study continuing education for pharmacy technicians by Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists.
Our modules are authored by leading pharmacy experts in their field, and address the latest disease management and operational issues. Modules are published quarterly in January, April, July and October. A two year Pharmacy Tech Topics™ subscription fulfills all of PTCB’s recertification requirements (twenty contact hours, including law and patient safety credit)! Two options available: online and paper modules by mail!
For more information, please visit www.pharmacytechtopics.com.
ASHP & ACPE Announcements Impacting Pharmacy Technicians
Your CE Requirements: What Will Change in 2016
This is a reminder that effective January 1, 2016, PTCB implemented a change in continuing education (CE) recertification requirements for CPhTs that reduces the allowable number of CE hours earned via college/university courses from 15 to 10. Beginning in 2016, a maximum of 10 of your 20 CE hours may be earned by completing a relevant college course with a grade of 'C' or better. Read more.
Check Your NABP e-Profile and Include Your PTCB Certification Number
The CPE Monitor is a national, collaborative effort by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education that allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed CPE credits in a central system. PTCB is completing the first step in the process of connecting information in your CPE Monitor account to your PTCB Account. In the future, this connection is designed to allow CE hours entered into your CPE Monitor account to simultaneously be recorded in your PTCB Account. Part of this process involves you, as a CPhT. It is important that you log into your CPE Monitor account to be sure your NABP e-Profile is set up correctly, and then check to be sure your PTCB Certification number is reflected. All pharmacy technicians are encouraged to register for CPE Monitor if they have not already done so.
ASHP and ACPE Announce Updates in Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Standards
Beginning in 2020, PTCB will require candidates for initial certification to complete a pharmacy technician education program accredited jointly by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). On December 9, ASHP and ACPE announced that the standards for accreditation of pharmacy technician education programs will be updated effective January 1, 2016. Employers, educators, prospective CPhTs, and state associates may want to take note of these changes. According to the announcement, the update expands the flexibility of training programs to meet requirements regarding the number and types of student experiential activities that must be performed, requiring at least one and encouraging two different contemporary pharmacy practice experiences. Read the announcement.
PTCB Changed Continuing Education Requirements in 2015
Beginning in 2015, PTCB implemented two changes in recertification requirements. First, PTCB requires CPhTs to submit 20 hours of pharmacy technician-specific (‘T-specific’) continuing education (CE) to qualify for recertification. In addition, PTCB reduced the number of allowable CE hours earned through in-service training from 10 to 5. The new requirements are part of the program changes announced by PTCB in early 2013 to advance pharmacy technician qualifications by elevating PTCB’s standards for certification and recertification. The revised CE requirements are meant to ensure that CPhTs are continually educated through programs that are specific to the demands placed on CPhTs in today’s pharmacy settings.
|Periodicals and Study Guides|
|American Society of Health-System Pharmacists||(301) 657-3000|
|Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, Inc.||(800) 363-8012|
|American Pharmacists Association||(800) 878-0729|
|Michigan Pharmacists Association||(517) 484-1466|
|Delmar Publishers||(800) 842-3636|
|EMC Paradigm Publishers||(800) 328-1452|
|Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins||(800) 638-3030|
|Morton Publishing Company||(800) 348-3777|
|National Association of Chain Drug Stores||(703) 549-3001|
|National Community Pharmacists Association||(703) 683-8200|
|Pharmacy Education Resources, Inc.||(713) 639-3175|
|Pharmacy Marketing Group||(800) 798-4338|
|Precept Press||(800) 225-3775|
|Regulation and Licensure Questions|
|National Association of Boards of Pharmacy||(847) 698-6227|
|Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation