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According to PharmacyTechnicianCertification.com, pharmacy technicians must complete 20 hours of continuing education (CE) every two years in order to fulfill re-certification requirements. A variety of pharmacy technician CE programs are available to assist with this process, both online and in person. Some CE programs have no cost, while others require organizational membership or a fee.
National Pharmacy Technician Association
The National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) is the largest professional pharmacy technician organization in the world. The NPTA has free CE programs for members, though non-members may take the courses for a fee.
Online CE offerings through NPTA include courses covering swine influenza, medical marijuana, stem cell research, overactive bladder, intercultural communication, drug research and legal liability issues for pharmacy technicians.
The NPTA also offers live CE programs at its headquarters in Houston, Texas. Participants receive packets with modules and study materials, then travel to the NPTA center for one or two days of classroom instruction and training. Continuing education programs such as IV certification and compound certification courses are offered monthly.
National Pharmacy Technician Association P.O. Box 683148 Houston, TX 77268 888-247-8700 pharmacytechnician.org
PharmCon owns FreeCE.com, which bills itself as the top website for health care providers, including pharmacy technicians. CE options include live webinars and events, webcasts and at-home study. All tests are taken online, and all programs are approved by an accredited CE organization. Once earning CE credits, participants can print out their completion certificates from the convenience of their home or office.
CE programs for pharmacy technicians cover topics such as HIV therapy, cholesterol, chronic pain and chemotherapy. FreeCE.com also offers articles and other resources to help pharmacy technicians keep up with current industry trends and events.
PharmCon 404 Main St. Conway, SC 29526 843-488-5550 freece.com
Postgraduate Healthcare Education owns Power-Pack C.E., which provides continuing education for people employed in the health care industry, including pharmacy technicians.
Power-Pack C.E.'s online courses offer automatic grading and results. Users create personal online profiles that allow them to keep track of prior CE courses, current requirements and exam history. The company also sends out notifications when new courses of interest are added.
Online CE courses through Power-Pak C.E. include classes about joint pain management, head lice, health care reform and MAO inhibitors.
Power-Pak C.E. 100 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10013 800-825-4696 powerpak.com
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