WASHINGTON, DC -- The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has announced that the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is available for reimbursement by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A passing score on the PTCE is required to earn PTCB’s Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Certification. Veterans, active duty service members, caregivers/family members, dependents/survivors, and national guard/reservists are able to take advantage of this opportunity. In accordance with the GI Bill, these groups may be eligible to receive reimbursement for the cost of the exam.
“PTCB is pleased that greater numbers of eligible candidates, including service members, veterans, and their family members, are now able to be reimbursed for the PTCE testing fee. The GI Bill opens doors to new career opportunities for aspiring pharmacy technicians and supports our mission to advance medication safety by encouraging certification,” said...
In an exclusive TV interview during the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting, PTCB CPhT of the Year SSgt Mary Johnson, USAF, talks about how and why she launched a major policy initiative to implement standardized opioid prescription guidelines in Air Force pharmacies in Europe. SSgt Johnson is the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Pharmacy Services at Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base in Germany.
Though some of their everyday tasks are similar, there are very important distinctions between these two positions and their roles in a pharmacy. Pharmacy technicians assist the pharmacists, often with the actual filling of the prescriptions, while pharmacists frequently focus on clerical work, tasks requiring advanced pharmacological knowledge, and patient advisory.
Becoming a Pharm Tech
The requirements to be a pharmacy technician are less stringent than those of a pharmacist. Pharmacy technician positions frequently only require a high school diploma and pharmacy technician certification as the formal education and background requirements, although you may consider attending a postsecondary educational program for pharmacy technicians to enhance your skills and ensure you will be a more competitive applicant.
Pharm Tech Certification