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PTCB Unveils Redesigned Certification Exam for Pharmacy Technicians

Magazine article Drug Topics

PTCB Unveils Redesigned Certification Exam for Pharmacy Technicians

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TEST UPDATE

Early in November, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) introduced a retooled version of its Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE). According to an official announcement, the updated exam measures the knowledge technicians need "to effectively support pharmacists and advance patient safety in today's pharmacies."

25.000 queried

PTCB based its changes to the exam on the findings of its latest "Job Analysis Study," which surveyed more than 25.000 pharmacy technicians in all 50 states. According to the official announcement, PTCB makes a regular practice of conducting this survey to keep current its understanding of changes in working conditions and job descriptions for pharmacy technicians. The changes in the certification exam were based on these latest findings.

"The PTCE is widely recognized and trusted to accurately reflect the current knowledge, skills, and abilities required for pharmacy technicians to effectively perform their duties, support pharmacists, and advance patient care," said PTCB Executive Director and CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh, in a prepared statement. "The November updates in the PTCE are based on our latest study across community, hospital, and federal settings, with an increased focus on patient safety. …

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