Houston, TX (PRWEB) June 2, 2009
The National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) announced today the launch of the Official NPTA Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program™, a comprehensive online training program. The new program is designed to meet the growing demand for qualified, educated pharmacy technicians as well as the flexibility and affordability required by prospective students.
NPTA's Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program™ is comprised of nine online courses and practical hands-on experience obtained through local pharmacy externships. The program, which is self-paced, is equivalent to roughly 750 contact hours and can be completed in six to twelve months, depending upon the student's schedule.
In particular, students will learn the principles of pharmaceutical care, pharmacy law, community pharmacy practice, institutional pharmacy practice, pharmacy calculations and pharmacology. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to work in retail pharmacy environments, such as CVS®, Walgreens® and Rite-Aid®, hospital pharmacies, nursing homes, long-term care facilities and numerous other facilities.
"The pharmacy technician career path is quickly evolving and is in great demand across the United States," said Mike Johnston, CPhT, Chairman and CEO of NPTA. "This program makes perfect sense for individuals who are looking to get into the healthcare industry and experience greater job opportunity and security, especially in the current economic climate."
Affordability was a primary goal for NPTA, who wants to ensure that any qualified candidate interested in becoming a pharmacy technician has the opportunity to do so. The tuition for NPTA's Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program™ is a fraction of the fees charged by career colleges and other online programs. Additionally, NPTA offers an interest-free payment plan for students and provides all textbooks and training materials in the tuition fee.
Since 1999, the National Pharmacy Technician Association has been the leader in pharmacy technician education and training since 1999 and NPTA's Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program™ will make a huge difference for individuals with limited budgets, time constraints and provides unmatched credibility for entering the profession.
For more information on becoming a pharmacy technician through NPTA's online training program, go to http://www.pharmacytechnician.org/institute or call 1-888-247-8700.
The National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA), which was founded in 1999, is the largest non-profit trade association for pharmacy technicians in the world. The association represents over 30,000 individuals practicing in a variety of settings, such as retail pharmacy, health-system pharmacy, independent pharmacy, federal pharmacy services, purchasing, education and management. NPTA is the leading provider of accredited continuing education programs for Certified Pharmacy Technicians and offers advanced certifications in Sterile Products and Compounding. The association is committed to advancing the roles of pharmacy technicians to reduce medication errors and advocates for mandatory/standardized technician education, certification and registration. For more information on NPTA, call 888-247-8700 or visit http://www.pharmacytechnician.org