New Mexico Pharmacy Tech Certificate – NM
By Susan Maphis, allied health world contributing writer
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Steps to Becoming a Pharmacy Technician in New Mexico
New Mexico requires its pharmacy technicians to be registered in order to be eligible to work in the state.
- Receive your high school diploma or GED.
- Enroll in an accredited online program or New Mexico pharmacy technician certification program. While not a legal requirement in the state of New Mexico, formal training and certification will help you pass your national certification exam while making you more employable. The New Mexico pharmacy technician certification program you choose should be accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
- Find a job as a pharmacy technician assisting a certified pharmacist. Before you can become registered in New Mexico, you will need to have documented on-the-job training and experience.
- Apply to become a registered pharmacy technician, after working under a certified pharmacist and receiving on-the-job training for a period of time. You can obtain the application at www.rld.state.nm.us/pharmacy/PDFs/Applications/Technician Application.doc. The application must be filled out by your pharmacist-in-charge and detail the training you have received on the job. Send the completed application along with a $30 fee to:
New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department
Boards and Commissions Division
Board of Pharmacy
5200 Oakland Avenue, NE, Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87113
The next step is to become a certified pharmacy technician. All technicians in New Mexico are required to obtain certification within one year of registration as a technician. There are two ways to become certified:
- You may take the ExCPT exam, or the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians. It is given across the United States, and takes two hours. Testing locations may be found by contacting:
Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians
2536 S Old Hwy 94, Suite 224
St. Charles, MO 63303
- Alternatively, you may take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (given by the PTCB). It is also given at various locations across the United States. To find testing locations, contact:
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
2215 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington DC 20037-2985
If you do not pass the certification exam within the first year you are registered as a pharmacy technician within the state, you can apply for a one-time extension. This application can be obtained online from the Board of Pharmacy website at www.rld.state.nm.us/pharmacy/technicians.html .
You must maintain both your certification (ExCPT or PTCB) and registration with the state. The expiration of your certification license most likely will not coincide with the expiration of your technician registration, which expires every two years on the last day of the month in which you were born.