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      NHA Advocates for Language Change in California to Support Medical Assisting Workforce

      Posted by National Healthcareer Association on April 2022


      The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) has advocated getting medical assisting certification language changed in California to provide more access to employment in California.  

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      Nominate Your Star Pharmacy Technician

      Posted by National Healthcareer Association on February 2022

      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.

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      Walgreens Recognizes NHA Pharm Tech Certification

      Posted by National Healthcareer Association on November 2021

      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.

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      Pharmacy Technicians Called on Again for Upcoming Flu Season

      Posted by Jessica Langley on August 2021

      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.  

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      National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Granted ACE College Credit Recommendation

      Posted by National Healthcareer Association on July 2021

      CCMA, CPT and ExCPT exams now qualify for college credit hours

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      NHA Hosts Congressional Caucus on CTE Health Science Programs, Pathways

      Posted by Jessica Langley on June 2021

      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.  

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      Ohio + Indiana: Two More States Expand Pharmacy Technician Laws

      Posted by National Healthcareer Association on May 2021

      Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law House Bill 6 sponsored by State Rep. Bill Roemer which provides patients with continued access to COVID-19 vaccinations, COVID-19 testing and other immunizations and expands employment options for pharmacy technician trainees.

      The legislation expands pharmacists’ and pharmacy interns’ authority to provide COVID-19 vaccines to patients seven years of age and older, also allowing pharmacists to order and administer diagnostic and antibody tests for COVID-19. Under the direct supervision of a pharmacist, pharmacy interns and certified pharmacy technicians may also administer the tests. Additionally, the legislation authorizes pharmacists and pharmacy interns to administer to an individual 13 years of age or older an immunization for any disease without a prescription.

      The bill also made revisions to the law that remove barriers for individuals to train as pharmacy technicians. The law allows a 17-year-old enrolled in a Board-approved career-technical education program to register with the Board of Pharmacy and extends the time frame for technicians to complete training.

      In addition, it requires the State Board of Pharmacy to comply with the law known as the “Fresh Start Act” — enacted by H.B. 263 of the 133rd General Assembly — when registering a pharmacy technician trainee who (1) holds a license or is registered in another state or (2) has satisfactory work experience, government certification or private certification as a pharmacy technician trainee in another state.


      Indiana Makes Changes

      The state of Indiana recently enacted House Bill 1468. The legislation increases the pharmacy technician-to-pharmacist ratio from 6:1 to up to 8:1 – a move which empowers pharmacists to deploy more optimized care models that consider the specific needs of the patient population served. It also allows pharmacy technicians to work remotely for certain non-dispensing duties, including data entry and insurance processing and expands patients’ access to critical immunizations by permitting pharmacists, pharmacy students and pharmacy technicians to administer an influenza or COVID-19 vaccine pursuant to a prescription, protocol or standing order (in addition to the 11 other vaccination categories listed in the statute).






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      Georgia Expands Pharmacy Laws

      Posted by National Healthcareer Association on May 2021

      Three new laws in Georgia expand patient access to pharmacy services. Pharmacists and their teams are empowered to collaborate around a mission to keep their communities healthy.

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      NHA Applauds Arkansas's Recent Expansion of Pharmacy Technician Roles

      Posted by National Healthcareer Association on May 2021

      In the last several weeks, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has signed several bills impacting pharmacy practice including:

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      NHA Helping Pharmacy Technicians With Soft Skills; No Longer a Tall Order

      Posted by Erin Venable on March 2021

      The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) has recently introduced its interactive, virtual soft-skills simulation tool, PersonAbility, to the pharmacy space, providing pharmacy technicians with a healthy dose of professionalism, empathy, and communication training specific to a pharmacy setting.

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