The Oregon state pharmacy technician licensing board has approved a pharmacy technician certification program for a first-time applicant for an Oregon pharmacy technician.
The board also has set a new program to certify the new applicants for a total of five years.
This program is designed to give our industry an added layer of confidence that we will be able to keep our industry going, said Board member Lisa Kuchen.
The program is part of the state’s pharmacy technician licensure process.
The state requires a total minimum of 15 years of pharmacy technician experience, which can be up to 15 years.
The new program will require applicants to demonstrate a high level of competency and proficiency in a variety of clinical, laboratory, pharmacy and pharmacy management fields, said Kuczen.
The pharmacy technician program is a continuation of the pharmacy technician training program approved by the Oregon Health Authority.
The Oregon Health Board has approved the program.
The current program is administered by the state Office of Pharmacy Safety.
The Oregon State Board of Pharmacies has also approved a program to award pharmacy technician certificates of completion to applicants who have received their state pharmacy certificate from a nationally accredited pharmacy technician school.
The certifications will be valid for five years, with the option to extend the validity.