The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) is the only nationally-recognized, non-profit pharmacy association that accredits pharmacy technician training programs in the United States.
Why is ASHP/ACPE accreditation increasingly important?
- The accreditation process is designed to protect the public. There is growing complexity in medication use, with a continued focus on medication safety and quality. Technicians that have graduated from an ASHP /ACPE -accredited program have established credentials signifying they have a thorough baseline understanding of the profession.
- Having ASHP/ACPE accreditation indicates a program has established that it offers a consistent knowledge and skill base for pharmacy technicians in a variety of pharmacy practice settings, which allows them to be well-rounded members of the workforce. The skill set of pharmacy technicians who have completed established standardized education and training programs increases the
amountof time pharmacists can devote to patients and their medication-related problems.
- Pharmacy technician roles are continually evolving and expanding in areas that include greater responsibilities with higher expectations of competence. Pharmacists require a well-trained pharmacy technician to support them well beyond the medication distribution process. Therefore, we need to ensure that pharmacy technicians are appropriately educated, adequately trained, and meet a minimum standard of ability before they face the public.
- Many state boards of pharmacy require completion of an ASHP/ACPE accredited pharmacy technician education and training program to practice as a pharmacy technician in their state.
- Beginning in 2020, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) will require completion of a PTCB-recognized education/training program OR equivalent work experience in order for an applicant to sit for the national certification exam. ASHP/ACPE accredited programs automatically meet these criteria.
- There is a need TODAY for well-qualified, competent pharmacy technicians for the safe provision of medications in all settings. One of the final assignment I have our students perform is a survey of the employment opportunities within a 30-minute radius of their home. One of the students in my last class asked me- can I just stop at 50?
“The pharmacy technician program conducted by Charter Health Care Training Center is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education”.