5 Great Resources for Pharmacy Tech Students
Chances are if you’re in school to become a pharmacy technician, you’re already busy with studying, taking tests, attending classes, externships, and maybe even work on top of all that! Who has time to look up resources with all of that going on?
In an effort to save you time, below are five great resources for pharmacy technician students.
PharmacyTechCE provides continued education for members in the form of podcasts, webinars, on-demand information, and presentations that you can download and read. There is a cost for individual and group membership; however, their site includes a “resources” page that is completely free.
On the resources page, there are links to help you:
- Find wage/salary information and search for jobs
- Apply or renew certification
- Get online resources & books
- Stay connected with newsletter subscriptions
- View pharmacy organizations
The ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) online is an extensive resource for any Pharmacy Technician student. If you become a member, they will provide you with practice tools and resources, opportunities to get involved with the rest of the medical community, and professional discounts once you become a Pharmacy Technician
Even if you are not a member, you have access to some great free resources on their site. They give you the links that you need to
- Read about state and federal regulations
- Find news and articles
- Search and apply for jobs
- Apply for and renew your certification
- Find drug information
- Join and attend meetings with professional organizations
- Look up residency programs
This site really is the one stop shop for the pharmacy technician.
The NABP (National Association of Boards of Pharmacy) “supports the state boards of pharmacy in protecting public health.” They work with state organizations to provide all of the state specific information regarding policies and regulations to pharmacy technicians.
Using their resources, you can:
- Obtain contact information for your individual state’s board of pharmac
- Find links to become certified and to transfer certification to another state
- Read news sources and continuing education resources
- View upcoming NADP meetings and conferences
If you want to get involved, you can offer to volunteer with the NABP as a member of a taskforce or a committee. Their membership is limited and strictly regulated.
AAPT (American Association of Pharmacy Technicians) is another membership organization for Pharmacy Technicians. Their membership is $15 annually for students and with it you get free continuing education and access to the entire site where you can network with other pharmacy techs and read and discuss pharmacy trends & news.
Their site provides free career services (without a membership) where you can post your resume and search and apply for jobs.
PTCB (Pharmacy Technicians Certification Board) provides students with information on the process of applying for and renewing their certification. They have a free practice test and a link to purchase additional practice tests to study for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.
If you are already certified, you can renew and take continuing education courses from their website. They also have a tool to verify that your certification is current.
Lastly, the “Who We Serve” and “Resources” sections offer links to other Pharmacy Technician organizations, including the state Boards of Pharmacy.