PTCB revises certification exam for pharmacy techs

Latest version of PTCE places greater emphasis on medication safety, pharmacy information systems

WASHINGTON — Medication safety and pharmacy information systems get more attention in the latest version of an exam for pharmacy technicians.

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board announced Friday updates to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, based on the group's Job Analysis Study, which involves more than 25,000 pharmacy technicians from across the country and from different practice settings. The updated exam has nine knowledge groups known as domains, rather than three.

"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," PTCB executive director Everett McAllister said. "the Nov. 1 updates in the PTCE are based on our latest study across the community, hospital and federal settings, with an increased focus on patient safety."


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