Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Recognizes PTU National Standards Program from TRC Healthcare as Suitable Preparation for the Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician™ (CSPT™) Certification
STOCKTON, Calif., February 12, 2018 — Pharmacy Technicians University (PTU), a best-in-class online education and training program for pharmacy technicians, was recognized by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) as a sterile compounding education and training program suitable for prep for the Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician™ (CSPT™) exam. A CSPT designation demonstrates a certified pharmacy technician’s specialized knowledge and skill, as well as a commitment to the role they play in ensuring medication safety, particularly in the hospital setting.
Pharmacy Technicians University from Therapeutic Research Center (TRC), the leading provider in pharmacy technician training and education, is the first end-to-end web-based training and learning solution to support or exceed the diverse requirements for pharmacy technician training across care settings and in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
“Pharmacy technicians play an important role in sterile compounding preparation. Our certified PTU training program is designed to ensure they are prepared for this high-volume activity in the hospital pharmacy,” said Wes Crews, Chief Executive Officer of TRC. “TRC delivers a best- in-class educational experience for techs, simplifies access and administration, and helps hospital pharmacy leadership affordably keep pace with evolving certification needs.”
PTCB specifically recognized the hospital version of the 600-hour curriculum of Pharmacy Technicians University’s National Standards Training Program for CSPT exam prep. The PTUNational Standards Hospital Program is ASHP/ACPE-accredited and provides:
- 160 hours of didactic training, 80+ hours of lab simulations, and 360 hours of experiential training
- In total, 14 hours of didactic training and 28 hours of simulation exercises are dedicated to sterile compounding
- Eligibility for up to seven college credit hours via the ACE CREDIT® recommendation program
- National exam preparation, including a retail/community pharmacy-specific focus on communication skills
- Extensive tracking and reporting capabilities through a centralized administrative view for managers and leadership
In addition to the 600-hour National Standards Program, PTU offers “right-sized” training programs to meet different organizational needs and state requirements, including PTU 101 (80 or 110 hours), PTU Advanced (160 hours), and hospital/non-hospital versions of all three programs.
PTU, which offers the most extensive and robust interactive courseware and training videos for medication learning currently available, provides up to 600 hours of didactic, simulation, and experiential course content and the highest-quality technician training resources. PTU supports employer-designed training curriculums to allow organizations to “right-size” training in accordance with the state requirements where they operate. TRC is committed to expanding and contextualizing its PTU course offerings to accommodate both retail and hospital pharmacy technician training needs for medication learning, including offering different levels of curriculum to align with various state board regulations and care-setting requirements. TRC also provides continuing education for pharmacists and prescribers, helping hundreds of thousands of clinicians meet licensing board requirements and earn CE/CME credit in a variety of formats in its accredited medication management learning center. TRC hosts one of the most extensive CE/CME course offerings in the industry for state and professional requirements, and automatically reports CE credit to CPE Monitor and CE Broker for convenience and accuracy.
About Therapeutic Research Center (TRC)
TRC is the leading provider of digital medication learning that updates, informs, and educates healthcare providers across the continuum of care. In addition to its highly regarded Pharmacist’s Letter, Prescriber’s Letter, Pharmacy Technician’s Letter, Nurse’s Letter and Natural Medicines online resources, TRC provides additional online solutions for hospital and community clinicians that expand on its trusted recommendations, such as drug comparison charts, patient education handouts, FAQs, and tutorials in its web-based products. In addition, TRC provides online continuing education programs for medication learning, competency, and compliance programs, and keeps clinicians and administrators informed via its continuing education (CE) dashboard and CE & Training Organizer. TRC provides the largest catalog of education and advisory services in the industry for pharmacy, delivering nearly 500 course options to help technicians and clinicians. TRC leads the way in the training of new pharmacy technicians with Pharmacy Technicians University (PTU), the first online accredited, interactive training program of its kind. Nearly 500,000 healthcare professionals rely on TRC’s advisory and education service to access concise, unbiased, timely information to improve medication use, prevent medication errors, and improve overall patient care, quality and outcomes.