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New Survey Recognizes Importance of Certified Pharmacy Technicians, Predicts Strong Job Growth

If you’ve thought of pursuing a career with a Northern California pharmacy, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has some news that may help jumpstart your job training.

A recent PTCB-sponsored survey found that Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) play a critical role in ensuring medication safety, and have positive effects on overall patient care. According to the PTCB’s June announcement, the study found that 81 percent of pharmacists surveyed believed that pharmacy technician certification is associated with a reduction in the number of medication-related errors.

More than 3,200 pharmacists, representing a range of professional practices throughout the country, participated in the survey, which was administered by Drs. Shane Desselle and Michael Schmitt of the University of Oklahoma College Of Pharmacy.

In addition to recognizing the favorable role that Certified Pharmacy Technicians have on lowering the number of medication errors, the study also revealed that 83 percent of pharmacists surveyed found that working with CPhTs gave them additional time to focus directly on patient care.

“This survey provides the data to support something we have known for years but are now able to quantify; well-trained and PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technicians make a positive impact on patient care,” said Melissa MurerCorrigan, R.Ph., Executive Director and CEO of PTCB.

The survey results, revealed at the PTCB’s March 2010 annual American Pharmacists Association meeting, are encouraging for anyone considering a career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. As an additional incentive, the PTCB predicts a sharp increase in the demand for Certified Pharmacy Technicians. From large San Francisco pharmacies, to neighborhood businesses in Pleasanton, the PTCB report states that positions for Certified Pharmacy Technicians are expected to increase by 25 percent by 2018.

As one of the leading organizations dedicated to promoting effective working practices between Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, the PTCB also predicts a strong increase in the demand for patient-centered care. The organization points to the country’s aging population and increasingly complex medication requirements as leading factors in this anticipated healthcare trend. Now more than ever, the pharmaceutical industry needs qualified professionals, including Bay Area Pharmacy Technicians, who can assist licensed pharmacists with patients and dispensing medications.

One of the best ways to take advantage of the exciting growth in pharmacy technician field is to enroll in a quality training program from a recognized education institution. Unitek College features an accredited course to prepare you for the in-demand role of a Pharmacy Technician. See how you can get on the path to a pharmacy technician career, today!

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