Missouri Pharmacy Tech Certificate – MO
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How to Become a Pharmacy Technician in Missouri
Anyone who wants to be a pharmacy technician in Missouri must register with the Missouri Board of Pharmacy prior to employment. Download the Pharmacy Technician Registration Application from the State of Missouri Division of Professional Registration website. Fill in the blanks and sign it before a notary public. Include $35.00 application fee made payable to the Missouri Board of Pharmacy. Schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted by the authorized authority listed on the registration application, pay $52.20 for this service, and attach the receipt with your application. Attach a 2” x 2” head and shoulder photo. Mail all of this to the Missouri Board of Pharmacy.
The Missouri Board of Pharmacy maintains a list of individuals online who have registered as a Pharmacy Technician and are eligible for employment as Pharmacy Technicians under conditions printed on their registration. In Missouri, pharmacy technician certification programs online provide all the necessary educational prerequisites for employment. Employers must verify their Pharmacy Technicians are eligible for employment and check this online list. It also maintains the Board’s Employment Disqualification List online.
Registration expires May 31. The Missouri Board of Pharmacy will annually mail a renewal form to registered Pharmacy Technicians who must return the form with $35.00 before May 31.
Missouri Board of Pharmacy
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 625
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0625
573 751 0091 Phone
573 526 3464 Fax
800 735 2966 TTY
800 735 2466 Voice Relay
Professional Organization for Pharmacy Technicians in the State of Missouri
Although Missouri does not require pharmacy technicians to be certified, you may decide it is in your best interest to obtain certification. The following list of associations are striving to improve the pharmacy technician profession and you may choose to associate yourself with them. Two national certifying bodies offer the Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT) title. The exam is 900 multiple-choice questions with 650 correct for a passing score.
The Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA) hosts numerous continuing education events and offers online continuing education credits. Their goal is to help pharmacy technicians, provide valuable content and professional opinions. MPA members are part of a grassroots lobbying effort that meets with legislators to discuss pharmacy related legislation.
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) has since 1904 been a regulatory foundation for patient safety. Their website offers valuable information to Pharmacy Technicians. NABP and the Missouri state Board of Pharmacy publish The Missouri Board of Pharmacy News.
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) administers the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE), which is not required by law for Pharmacy Technicians in Missouri, but some pharmacies in Missouri do require certification and strive to hire CPhT.
Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT) Passing the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technician (ExCPT) is another way to obtain national certification. The ICPT offers training, education, study aids, practice exams, and the title CPhT. Missouri does not require pharmacy technicians to be certified; however pharmacies look favorably on job applicants who obtain certification.
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Although not directly involved in pharmacy technician training, pharmacy technician continuing education providers may seek ACPE-accreditation.
The National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) advocates for members and promotes the value of pharmacy technicians to policymakers. It addresses legislative bodies about regulatory issues that affect pharmacy technicians. Furthermore, this association is committed to persuading every State Board of Pharmacy to require mandatory competency-based exams, mandatory registration, standardized formal education, training requirements, and accredited CE providers. The NPTA backs PTCB, ICPT, and ACPE initiatives.
NPTA wants its members to be informed about proposed regulatory changes your State Board of Pharmacy and your legislature are considering. They want members to assist in advocacy efforts. They want you to know who is on your state’s pharmacy board and know your state congressional representatives. They want pharmacy technicians to commit approximately 10 hours of volunteer service each year. NPTA will discount your dues for multi-year prepayments. Dues promotion codes may be available to reduce the actual cost of membership.
NPTA also maintains a nationwide reach to policy makers and industry leaders. More than 98% of NPTA members report overall satisfaction with the organizations efforts. Nationwide, members are averaging 13.8% better wages than non-members.
Missouri Pharmacy Association
211 E. Capitol
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
573 636 7522 Phone
800 468 4672 Toll free
573 636 7485 fax