Critical Issues in Texas

In 2020, the PTCB will have new testing requirements for technicians in effect. Future pharmacy technicians must attend ASHP accredited schools.

An Update

On November 1, 2016, at the quarterly meeting the Texas Board of Pharmacy unanimously voted that schools will not have to be ASHP accredited to train pharmacy technicians. Click here for more details.

The Problem

There are currently 41,700 pharmacy technicians in the state of Texas and 15,751 technician trainees, for a total of 57,451 licenses. Therefore, approximately 60,000 certified pharmacy technicians and trainees are continually employed, and with a 25% turnover rate Texas needs approximately 15,000 technicians or technicians in training per year.

Here is the breakdown of new licenses issued:

  • CPhT: 5,513
  • Trainees: 8,872
  • Total of 14,385

The shortfall in 2021: there will be 15,000 needed techs minus 840 potential techs which equals to a deficit of 14,160 technicians in just one year. To keep up with the demand, Texas would need 500 schools.

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy should recognize the ExCPT exam. Both exams, the PTCB and the ExCPT, are accredited by the NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies) and passing both carries national designations of Certified Pharmacy Technician. The two exams would allow someone to either 1) go to college then take the PTCE or 2) have home study or employee based training, then take the ExCPT. Either way, the end result is being a certified pharmacy technician, or CPhT.

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