A candidate must hold an active PTCB CPhT Certification and fulfill one of the following eligibility pathways:
Pathway 1: Completion of a PTCB-Recognized Medication History Education/Training Program and at least 6 months of experience conducting medication histories and/or similar experiences of patient-focused communication (such as intake of new patients/prescriptions and answering patient questions).
Pathway 2: At least 12 months of experience conducting medication histories and/or similar experiences of patient-focused communication (such as intake of new patients/prescriptions and answering patient questions).
A Step Toward Your Advanced CPhT (CPhT-Adv)
Active PTCB CPhTs who have completed at least four of the certificate programs (including TPV and/or Medication History), or three certificate programs and the Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT) Certification, and 3 years of work experience will be eligible to earn a CPhT-Adv in late 2020.
One of the eligibility pathways for this certificate program includes completing a PTCB- Recognized Medication History Education/Training Program. PTCB Recognized Education/Training Programs meet the curriculum requirements as documented by PTCB.
View a list of PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Programs for the Medication History Certificate.
Please note that additional PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Programs for Medication History will be added to the list as they become available.
The cost to apply for the Medication History Certificate is $89.
How to Apply and Schedule
- Log into your PTCB Account.
- Visit PTCB’s Credential Center (within your PTCB Account) and apply.
- Once your application is approved, you will receive an email with your authorization to schedule your exam.
- The Medication History Certificate Exam is administered year‐round at more than 1,400 Pearson Professional Centers nationwide, including more than 100 military on-base sites.
Prepare for Your Exam
Be sure to review the content outline as part of your exam preparation.
|Concepts/Terminology of Medication History (45%)
|Definitions of key terms in the medication history process (e.g., medication allergy vs. medication intolerance, medication adherence)
|Translation between patient-friendly terms and medical terminology
|Adherence metrics and differences between primary and secondary nonadherence
|Common vaccinations and vaccination schedules
|Patient Safety and Quality Assurance Strategies (55%)
|Types of prescription/medication errors (e.g., abnormal doses, incorrect quantity, incorrect strength, incorrect drug, incorrect route of administration, incorrect directions, wrong timing, missing dose, misinterpretation of drug concentration)
|Potential impact of medication errors, including look-alike/sound-alike medications (e.g., ampicillin/amoxicillin)
|Patient factors that influence the ability to report medication information accurately and adhere to prescribed dosing schedules
|HIPAA and best practices to maintain patient confidentiality during patient conversations
|Techniques or devices to assist with safe and consistent home medication use (e.g., pill boxes, medication calendars, medication alarms)
|Procedures to verify patient identity, including appropriate identifiers and knowledge of limitations for different identifiers