Here are the top 5 sites that every pharmacy technician needs to know about
It would be self-serving to list Pharmacy Technician HQ as one of the top 5 sites you should know, but in a way I do think it is true. This is the only site that I know of that shares the inside and out of becoming a pharmacy technician and how pharmacy managers think. However, out of principle, I have not added this site to the list. I’ll let you decide where it fits.
I have selected the following sites based on value to a pharmacy technician. If you are serious about a pharmacy technician career, at least visit each site and see what it has to offer. Some are professional organizations and cost some money, I recommend joining at least one if you can afford it.
1)Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB): This has to be the number one site. In addition to being the best known national certification, they also provide great background information on the profession and the front page has pharmacy technician news to keep you up to date. There is a big push to require national certification by all states, so get yours early so you don’t have to worry later.
2) American Society of Health System Pharmacists’ (ASHPs) Pharmacy Technician Information Center: ASHP is typically for hospitals/health-system pharmacy staff. Although their main site is helpful and has some good information for pharmacy technicians, they have consolidated the information over to their new site “Pharmacy Technician Information Center.” If you practice in a hospital, this is a good organization to join. The cost is $65/year and includes a subscription to the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.” If you don’t join, there is still good free information.
3) National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA): This pharmacy technician specific association offers a lot for you as a technician. It was created by a pharmacy technician, Mike Johnston, and the sit comes from a pharmacy technician view. The cost for member ship is $69/year, which includes online continuous education (CE). The NPTA has done a great job with social media and a broad range of publications and programs you can purchase. They are out of Texas, and I would recommend joining, especially if you are working in that part of the country.
4) National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP): Arguably the best site for obtaining up to date information about the profession. Sign up for the NABP news by email to ensure you get pharmacy news emailed to you.
5) American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT): I struggled to add the AAPT, but out of love I did. Currently getting its behind kicked by NPTA, but similar to the NPTA, this organization is for pharmacy technicians. Not nearly as comprehensive as NPTA, but a good links page and an okay jobs page (bestjobsearchwebsite.com is much better). It is only $50/year and only $25/year if you are still in tech school. I don’t know if I would join this one, but check it out and see what they have to offer.
I seriously almost had to go back on my initial statement that I wasn’t going to add our site. Many of the sites out there are just crap with no good information, just people trying to sell you on junk. If you are out there and own a site, step up to the plate and bring some value.
So there it is, the top 5 sites you should at least check out. Until next time. -Aloha! -Rob