Recently, the NHA Pharmacy Technician Governing Board unanimously voted to approve an alternative eligibility pathway to sit for the national certification exam. On October 1, ExCPT candidates may sit for the certification exam prior to completing a pharmacy technician training program. In order to sit for the exam prior to full completion of a pharmacy technician training program, candidates have to meet certain criteria outlined below.
At NHA, we constantly listen to our stakeholders and clients to ensure that our certification exams and learning resources meet the industry's needs. Recently, NHA has received several comments from institutions that their students were having difficulty meeting the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam eligibility requirement that states that ten capillary sticks must be completed on live individuals. It has been noted and shared that fewer patient care sites are doing capillary sticks, creating a barrier for individual learners to achieve certification.
This topic was recently discussed at an NHA Certification Board meeting, and it was confirmed that while schools should continue teaching capillary sticks, finger sticks are more prevalent. NHA recognizes that many patient care sites still perform capillary sticks; however, the board has modified the CPT eligibility requirement to state the following:
"For the CPT certification, you must be able to provide evidence that you have successfully performed a minimum of thirty (30) venipunctures and ten (10) capillary or finger sticks on live individuals."
For more information about certification exam eligibility requirements or to review the updated language, click here to access NHA's Candidate Handbook.
CCMA, CPT, CET, and CPCT exams now qualify for college credit hours
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE) has evaluated and recommended college credit for two additional National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification exams. The two new nationally accredited certification exams are for becoming a Certified EKG Technician (CET) and a Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT/A). Those exams, along with NHA’s Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) and Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exams, are now approved for college credit for those pursuing higher education after certification.
National Healthcareer Association (NHA), the largest allied health certification agency in the nation, announces a new training eligibility pathway to certification for their employer partners as a way to address critical healthcare recruitment and retention challenges.
The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) has advocated getting medical assisting certification language changed in California to provide more access to employment in California.
The National Healthcareer Association is proud to support Pharmacy Times and Parata Systems in the Next-Generation Pharmacist® awards by sponsoring the Pharmacy Technician category.
CPhT Students and Current Pharm Techs Benefit
LEAWOOD, Kan. – For years, the National Healthcareer Association has advocated on behalf of all pharmacy technicians. Our mission to empower people to access a better future drives us to connect with community pharmacies and other pharmacy technician employers to ensure all techs are granted equal employment opportunities, regardless of their certification.
On August 4, 2021, the Biden administration expanded the authority of pharmacy technicians under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to allow pharmacy technicians to administer adult flu vaccines during the 2021-2022 flu season.
CCMA, CPT and ExCPT exams now qualify for college credit hours
On June 16th, NHA had the honor of hosting a Congressional Career and Technician Education Caucus briefing in Washington D.C. with key representatives across the country. It was exciting to share information about how health science pathways make up the largest career cluster in Career Technical Education, having served over 1 million concentrators in the 2019/20 school year, and how the healthcare industry remains at the core of our nation’s economic success, even post-pandemic.