ATI Allied Health Partners With Pharmacy First To Give Independent Pharmacies Access to Pharmacy Technician Training Package

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ATI Allied Health announced a partnership agreement with Pharmacy First, the nation’s largest network of independent pharmacies, to offer its extensive Pharmacy Technician Training Package to Pharmacy First’s more than 5,000 members.

ATI Allied Health today announced a partnership agreement with Pharmacy First, the nation’s largest network of independent pharmacies, to offer its extensive Pharmacy Technician Training Package to Pharmacy First’s more than 5,000 members.

This agreement benefits independent pharmacies by ensuring they have access to the latest, most comprehensive pharmacy technician training on the market today, at an affordable cost – a benefit that helps promote better service and patient safety within the independent pharmacy community, while enabling independents to remain competitive.

“We’re committed to helping our member pharmacies remain competitive and viable by offering them affordable access to the same quality services and resources that larger pharmacies have,” said Candace M. Sullivan, Director of Outreach. "This agreement with ATI Allied Health gives our members access to an entire package of technician training that will be very advantageous to them in providing high-quality services in their communities.”

ATI Allied Health’s Pharmacy Technician Training Package is one of the most in-depth solutions available today and is ideal for both novice and experienced pharmacy techs preparing to work and/or take a certification exam. The Pharmacy First agreement offers member pharmacies access to both the print version of technician training and the newly designed online training via ATI Allied Health’s unique Health Education Portal. This innovative online resource uses the best of Internet-based learning technology to provide an optimum learning experience for users.

Developed by pharmacy and education experts, ATI Allied Health’s training program uses enhanced learning techniques to engage technicians through animation, video and other interactive tools proven to assist their learning and knowledge retention. The use of this creative media accommodates different learning styles, increasing the chances of success in comprehending and retaining pharmacy tech essentials, and leading to better patient safety and a higher standard of care. Plus, with an eye toward ensuring accountability and providing assistance when needed, the package enables employers to track technicians’ progress and follow up with remediation plans when needed.

“Independent pharmacies play a very important role in the industry and in their individual communities,” said Sullivan. “And in turn, we feel a responsibility to offer strong, patient-oriented technician training to that segment of the industry. We’re very pleased to partner with ATI Allied Health to offer training for our members and make a positive impact on pharmacy care.”

The Pharmacy Technician Training Package works as a stand-alone training and remediation solution or in combination with the pharmacy technician certification program available through National Healthcareer Association (NHA), ATI Allied Health’s sister company. For more information, visit http://www.atialliedhealth.com.

About ATI Allied Health
ATI Allied Health provides schools and employers comprehensive learning solutions to deliver the in-depth education, training and certification test preparation needed to help their students and employees succeed in the allied health fields. The company provides innovative and customized learning systems, personalized support, and preeminent e-learning and remediation programs. ATI Allied Health is part of Ascend Learning, a leading provider of technology-based educational, curriculum and assessment solutions for healthcare and other vocational fields. ATI Allied Health partners closely with sister company National Healthcareer Association (NHA), the nation’s largest allied health certification provider, to provide a complete training and certification solution. NHA has helped nearly 270,000 individuals become certified in allied health fields.

About Pharmacy First
Pharmacy First is the largest national network of independent pharmacies in the United States. Currently there are more than 5,000 pharmacies participating in all 50 States, Guam, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Founded by Wholesale Alliance LLC in 1996 by a group of 14 regional drug wholesalers, Pharmacy First was designed to qualify the independent community pharmacy for a variety of retail programs that had previously only been offered to the large chain pharmacies. In 2006, Pharmacy First expanded its services by purchasing Third Party Station, making third party assistance, reconciliation and various value added programs available to the network. Today, Pharmacy First offers a growing menu of services and programs for any community pharmacy to choose from. Pharmacy First successfully and consistently demonstrates the leverage and strength of its network of thousands of independent pharmacies working together. For more information on Pharmacy First, visit http://www.pharmacyfirst.com, or call 888-800-3784, option 7.

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