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Care + Career

Resources, news and fun for NHA certification candidates and alumni.

Shifting the perception of the Pharmacy Technician

Authored by Denise Propes, CPhT, Pharmacy Technician Coordinator at University of Michigan Medical Center and NHA Pharmacy Technician Advisory Board Member

Based on the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in the pharmacy technician field is expected to be above the national average for all careers over the next 10 years. There are a couple of well-known causes for this growth:

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My Life as a Pharmacy Technician


Authored by Jeremy Sasser, Pharmacy Content Strategist

During my career, the practice of pharmacy has changed … A LOT. In honor of Pharmacy Technician Day I am going to share my journey into the profession.

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New CE series provides latest developments in trending medication topics

Pharmacy news has recently hit major media outlets. From prescription drug prices to the opioid epidemic, all you need to do is turn on the TV to see that these topics aren't only impacting the healthcare community. But what, as healthcare professionals, do we need to know and do? 

Information in this series may be beneficial to those working in the pharmacy space, hospitals or in medical offices.

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At NHA, we strive to bring you the latest information you need to succeed in your healthcare career. We know that in healthcare, changes are happening fast, which is why NHA requires Continuing Education (CE) credits to maintain certification. We work with some of the industry's top experts to author CE content and provide you access to the information you need to know now.

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The ExCPT exam — what to expect and how to prepare

For April S. in New York, the decision to become a certified pharmacy technician was easy,

"I started my career in pharmacy ringing up prescriptions at a small retail pharmacy. Watching the impact the pharmacists and technicians had, I knew I had to become one myself! I studied and worked really hard and eventually became #NHACertified. I'm now right at the forefront of medical advances and I feel so honored to have such a pivotal role in patient care."

Do you have a dream like April's?

To become a certified pharmacy technician (CPhT), you'll need to sit for NHA's ExCPT exam. In this post, we'll share what you need to know about the exam — eligibility requirements, format, content and tools that can help ensure you are prepared come test day.

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Just one more way Pharmacy Technicians are Making a Difference

In honor of today’s National Pharmacy Technician Day, we want to highlight one more way pharmacy technicians are making a difference in their pharmacies and communities. 

Pharmacy technician roles have evolved and techs have embraced many new opportunities and have excelled in them. Whether performing MTM duties or compounding, techs are an important part of the day-to-day functions of all pharmacies, helping to improve patient safety and quality of life. One valuable tech skill in particular will be put to use on this year's "Check Your Meds Day:" collecting and documenting accurate medication histories. 

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How the pharm tech role is evolving (and how to prepare)

The role of the pharmacy technician is evolving. What used to be a strictly clerical role with desk duties is shifting into areas of greater complexity that require more specialized training and skills.

This creates exciting opportunities for those who are already in the field, or those considering a new career in pharmacy tech. Employers are looking for candidates who have the training and professionalism required for this evolving role, and taking your education seriously can help you work your way up the professional ladder.

Here’s what’s shifting now, and how you can excel during and after this transition.

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