Critical Issues in Texas

The Texas Board of Pharmacy will accept both the ExCPT and the PTCB exams.


An Update - February 7, 2017

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy voted February 7, 2017, to accept National Healthcareer Association’s (NHA) ExCPT exam, in addition to PTCE, as national certifying exams.

The Exam for Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) offered by NHA will allow students to sit for national certification up to thirty days prior to high school graduation. Students do not have to be eighteen years of age to take this exam. Allowing students to sit for the ExCPT prior to graduation gives educators the ability to receive and review their students’ exam scores, thus enabling educators and administrators to properly evaluate the students and course.

In October of 2015, PassAssured and the NHA teamed up to provide resources for students seeking a successful career as a pharmacy technician. With this partnership, schools can save $70 per student when purchasing PassAssured’s Pharmacy Technician Training Program, the ExCPT practice tests, and ExCPT together. For more information, click here.

On January 23, 2017, the PTCB announced that it would suspend the implementation of its ASHP accreditation requirements originally slated for 2020.