Medication History Certificate

Indicate your advanced knowledge to collect in-depth and accurate medication histories, review prescriptions to confirm dosing accuracy, and complete detailed administrative functions.

INTRO

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Technicians who earn the Medication History certificate have specialized knowledge and can be confident in assuming advanced roles that will allow pharmacists more time to engage in direct patient care. Demonstrate that you have the knowledge and the tools to perform in-depth medication histories, identify potential medication errors and complete administrative duties related to medication reconciliation.

Complete the Medication History certificate to demonstrate your competency in:

  • Gathering medication histories with accuracy
  • Identifying potential errors or necessary clarifications with acute precision
  • Alleviating pharmacists’ time completing various administrative tasks

 

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PREPARE & APPLY

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Eligibility Requirements

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 1 year 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 as early as mid-2020.

 

Educational Requirement

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 are expected to be identified in late 2019.

 

Exam Fee

The cost to apply for the Medication History certificate is $89.

Being an early applicant means you’ll save money! Save $30 for the first 3 months: Pay $59 when you apply by January 15, 2020!

 

How to Apply and Schedule

  1. Log into your PTCB Account.
  2. Visit PTCB’s Credential Center (within your PTCB Account) and apply.
  3. Once your application is approved, you will receive an email with your authorization to schedule your exam.
  4. You may schedule your appointment online or call Pearson VUE at 866‐902‐0593. The TPV 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 exam blueprint 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

 

Prepare for the Medication History Exam
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TAKE THE EXAM

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About the Exam

The Medication History Certificate Exam is a computer-based exam with 79 multiple-choice questions. Be prepared to commit 2 hours for the exam (10-minute tutorial and survey, 1 hour and 50 minute exam).

 

Exam Day Requirements

Arrive at the designated Pearson VUE test center 30 minutes before your appointment.u Bring an approved form of identification that matches your name as it appears on your PTCB Account. You will not be allowed to take the exam without proper identification. Be sure to review more detail about what to expect and what is required in the Candidate Guidebook

 

Testing Accommodations

Candidates who require testing accommodations must request these accommodations during the application process. Accommodations that are reasonable and consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be provided by PTCB at no additional cost to candidates. Candidates who need to bring medical equipment into the testing room need to request an accommodation if the item is not on the list of allowed items.

 

Exam Day
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EARN YOUR CERTIFICATE

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Scoring

Exams will be scored in the coming months and only those who achieve a passing score will earn the Medication History Certificate. Exam results will be available 3 to 4 months following the 10/15/19 launch of this certificate program. Because the Medication History Assessment-Based Certificate Program is new, scoring will be delayed. PTCB will apply the same rigorous process to determine the passing score for the Medication History Exam after multiple candidates have tested.

 

Digital Badges

Upon earning your credential, you will receive an email invitation to claim your digital badge. This digital badge will contain information describing your credential, including how you earned it. You can display the badge in your email signature, electronic files of a resume and on social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

 

Certificates

When your official score is available, you will receive an email from Credly, the digital badging provider, to download your certificate and claim your digital badge.

Earn Your Medication History Certificate
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RENEW

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This certificate program does not require renewal.

DOCUMENTS

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Quick access to additional documents you may need during your PTCB Medication History certificate process. Download the necessary documents and submit the completed forms as required.

  1. Testing Accommodations Form