SOURCE: Assessment Technologies Institute

Assessment Technologies Institute

February 04, 2010 08:00 ET

Feedback Drives Positive Changes to Pharmacy Technician Manual

ST. CHARLES, MO--(Marketwire - February 4, 2010) -  With valuable input from educational, employer and pharmacy professionals, the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT) has made important additions and changes to The National Pharmacy Technician Training Program manual.

The manual, now in its seventh edition, is designed to improve pharmacy technicians' success and the role they play in promoting medical safety.

Those program manual changes include:

  • Additional material as recommended in the model curriculum to assist programs interested in pursuing programmatic accreditation.
  • More than 200 additional pages of information (nearly a 70-percent increase) divided into 18 logical, easy-to-follow chapters.
  • Training at three levels to help candidates focus their studying: Introductory, Certification and Career Development.
  • New chapters on common disease states, basic pharmacology and non-sterile compounding.
  • Expanded chapters on basic medical terminology and basic anatomy and physiology that now cover additional organ systems, disease states and info on physiology and drugs.
  • Expanded sections: patient interaction skills, destruction of controlled substances, most-abused prescription medications, controlled substances table, drug diversion, calculations and medication use in pregnancy.
  • Revised chapters: patient communication, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology and sterile compounding.
  • A new workbook and self-assessment questions that allow candidates to review prior to testing.

"We have used The National Pharmacy Technician Training Program as part of our formal training course since the beginning," said Mayur Shah, Pharm.D., CEO of MRxI Corporation. "We looked at other books and feel this best serves our technicians' needs. We are pleased the book continues to be updated and our feedback is taken to heart."

The new The National Pharmacy Technician Training Program-7th Edition retails for $60 but is available for an introductory offer of $52, plus shipping and handling.

About ICPT

The Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT) offers training and education materials, study aides, and practice exams to prepare pharmacy technicians for the accredited Examination for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT). Technicians who take and pass the ExCPT are granted the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), demonstrating that they possess the ability and skills to efficiently assist pharmacists in the safe and accurate preparation and dispensement of medications. The National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores support the training program and recognize the ExCPT as a psychometrically sound pharmacy technician certification exam. The exam is offered in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. ICPT is part of the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), a company of Assessment Technologies Institute. 

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Rebecca Rabbitt, executive director, Pharmacy Solutions
    (314) 323-9207
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