Tennessee Pharmacy Tech School – TN

Continuing Education Requirements for Certified Pharmacy Technicians in Tennessee

In order for a pharmacy technician in Tennessee to become recertified with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, they must complete at least 20 hours of continuing education. The PTCB has set forth the following requirements to obtain continuing education credits:

1) All 20 hours must be obtained within the certification period (2 years)
2) At least one of these hours must be in the subject of pharmacy law
3) No more than 10 hours can be possessed through in-service projects with the use of the Universal Continuing Education Form available from the PTCB
4) No more than 15 hours can be attained through college courses relating to pharmaceutical science or math, with a final grade of a C or higher
5) Approved Courses include the following subject areas:
            - Medication Distribution
            - Pharmacy Operations
            - Pharmacy Calculations
            - Programs specifically used by pharmacy technicians
            - Interpersonal Skills
            - Organizational Skills and Inventory Control Systems
            - Pharmacy Law
            - Pharmacology or Drug Therapy
6) Face to face interaction with patients, consumers, and supervised pharmacists are not required to obtain continuing education hours

The supervising pharmacist must document all continuing education hours obtained through in-service projects. All hours through Tennessee pharmacy technician schools must be proven with a Certification of Participation.

 Tennessee Pharmacy Technician Association

Tennessee Pharmacists Association
The Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) is an organization made up of registered pharmacy technicians, all with the same goal of representing the pharmaceutical profession as a fundamental component in the health care system. The TPA also works to develop standards for practical progressions in delivering quality care and service to consumers. Another mission the TPA upholds is to promote and enhance the perception the public has on the pharmaceutical industry by advocating public health with the knowledge, ethics, and skills of those employed as pharmacists. Included in the TPA is a section known as the Tennessee Society of Pharmacy Technicians (TSPT).

The TSPT promotes the foundation of providing safe and adequate needs of pharmacy services for patient care. In order to accomplish this goal, the TSPT works to maintain the implementation of effective care for all patients, and to professionally represent the competency of the field not only within the pharmacy profession, but also within other areas of the healthcare field and in the eyes of the public. Finally, the TSPT continually strives to improve the organization’s values and meet the needs of all healthcare systems.

Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Pharmacy Techs in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Memorial Hospital, Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and Nashville's Baptist Hospital.

Tennessee Pharmacists Association
500 Church St., Suite 650
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: (615) 256-3023
Fax: (615) 255-3528
www.tnpharm.org

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