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PTCB Attends Iowa Pharmacy Technician Summit

by Laura Humphrey | Feb 12, 2015


The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy hosted its Pharmacy Technician Summit in Des Moines on February 5 to address the evolving roles of pharmacy technicians as essential members of the healthcare team, and the need for enhanced pharmacy technician education. The University partnered with community colleges across the state to examine how best to train pharmacy technicians through an ASHP/ACPE accredited program in Iowa. 

PTCB Executive Director & CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh, and PTCB Director of Strategic Alliances Adam S. Chesler, PharmD, joined leaders from the university and community colleges, as well as representatives from the Iowa State Board of Pharmacy and national and state pharmacy associations to take part in the discussion. The summit’s goals were to:

• Create opportunities for a  uniform pharmacy technician curriculum, available anywhere in the state to ensure pharmacy technicians are receiving the same education and to best prepare them for certification exams
• Explore regional availability of advanced training opportunities for pharmacy technicians
 
College of Pharmacy Dean Donald Letendre discussed his vision for pharmacy technician education and training: “I will propose that we develop a cost-effective, unified pharmacy technician curriculum for use in community colleges across the state. Those with existing programs could adopt programs to seek accreditation. Others could develop technician-training programs to increase the regional availability of pharmacy technician training.”

Between 2010 and 2020, Iowa Workforce Development anticipates that more than 1,000 pharmacy technician jobs will be added. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationally, the field is expected to grow by 20 percent between 2012 and 2022,