Technician's Corner

Want to be a Pharmacy Technician?
Learn more about the new pharmacy technician program now available at City College -- MSU Billings. 
Attend a free information session, Monday, March 5, 5:30 - 7:00 pm Click here to learn more.

Incredible work ethic? Positive energy? Can-do attitude? Challenge junkie? Sincere heart for patients and their needs? I could go on and on.  Introducing Krista Schrader who embodies all this and more.  I had the opportunity to visit with Krista, pharmacy technician with The Clinical Pharmacy at Northwest Healthcare of Kalispell, Montana to discuss her career, her thoughts about the industry and the direction she would like to see the field take.  Read the full article about Krista, provided by Angela Jensen.

PTCB previously produced a short film that highlights the role of the pharmacy technician and the importance of PTCB certification. The film features leaders within the pharmacy community and certified technicians who speak about their own experiences.  View the video.

Do you wonder about a career as a pharmacy technician?  Below are links to resources if you would like to learn more.
--Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
--Allied Health Department, Seattle, Washington

Read more about the steps to obtain and maintain pharmacy technician certification in Montana.

Would you like to know more about:
--How to prepare for certification                --The schedule to do so
--Cost and location to take exam                --And more?
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board is your source.  Browse the site.

Where are the accredited programs in Montana?  Montana has an accredited program at Missoula College -- University of Montana and City College -- MSU Billings.

Upcoming Continuing Education -- The Health-Systems Academy of MPA presents a Spring Seminar April 20 & 21.  This is a teleconference with sites in Billings and Missoula.  This will be submitted for technician hours through ACPE.  Watch this site for a notice on approved hours.

Technician Membership in the MPA -- Technicians can join the MPA for only $30 for an annual membership (November 1 - October 31).  Benefits include greatly reduced fees for continuing education and having an association that advocates for the best interests of the profession in areas such as certification and licensing.  MPA supports technicians as an integral part of pharmacy.  It is a team connection between pharmacists and technicians that works to further the profession of pharmacy.  


Technician Representative - MPA Board of Directors

Leigh Scherer, BS, CPhT
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