Pharmacy Technician Certification
Students must pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam to be eligible for employment as a Pharmacy Technician in the State of Arizona. The PTCB exam is the only approved Pharmacy Technician competency exam used in the State of Arizona. Pharmacy Technicians must renew their certification every two years.
The PTCB Pharmacy Technician certification exam covers 90 multiple-choice questions in a two hour testing window. 80 questions will be scored, 10 remain unscored. The unscored questions are not identified, and are randomly distributed through the exam. A passing score for the Pharmacy Technician certification competency exam is 1400. The range of possible scores is between 1000 and 1600. The subject areas covered on the Pharmacy Technician certification exam include the following:
- Pharmacology for Technicians
- Pharmacy Law and Regulations
- Sterile and Non-sterile Compounding
- Medication Safety
- Pharmacy Quality Assurance
- Medication Order Entry and Fill Process
- Pharmacy Inventory Management
- Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement
- Pharmacy Information Systems Usage and Application
Pharmacy Technician Certification Retesting
Pharmacy Technicians are allowed up to four PTCB certification exam retakes. At four failed retakes, candidates become ineligible for the exam. Once four retakes have occurred, candidates are required to successfully complete an approved Pharmacy Technician training program before attempting the certification exam again.
Pharmacy Technician Certification Request
After passing the PTCB exam, Pharmacy Technician candidates are required to submit a written application to the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy with a request to become a Pharmacy Technician in Arizona. All requirements, listed above, must be met in order to be granted licensure.
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