What Is the IV Certification for Pharmacy Technicians?

Are you detail-oriented and dedicated to making sure critical information is accurate? Are you up for working long hours helping those who are sick or injured? If so, you might consider a career as a pharmacy technician. Read on to learn about IV certification for pharmacy technicians. Schools offering Pharmacy Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Pharmacy Assistant Training Overview

Pharmacy technicians dispense medications prescribed by physicians. Technicians work under the supervision of a pharmacist. Some pharmacy technicians dispense intravenous, or IV, preparations, although some pharmacy practices do not offer IV medications or solutions.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), pharmacy technicians are typically required to hold at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. Many pharmacy technicians get started in the field via on-the-job training, while others complete educational degree or certificate programs in pharmacy technology.

Important Facts About Pharmacy Technicians

Work Environment Drug store, hospital, healthcare facility
Similar Occupations Medical assistant, health information technician, medical transcriptionist
Projected Job Growth (2012-2022) 9%
Median Salary (2015) $31,342

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Payscale.com

Certification Requirements

Most states enforce some type of regulation on pharmacy technicians, according to the BLS. Your state's Board of Pharmacy will have information on specific requirements, but these often include passing a criminal background check, completing some type of educational program and passing an exam. Some states even require pharmacy technicians to be certified. Even if you are not required to obtain such certification, you may choose voluntary certification to increase your employment prospects. You'll generally have to renew this certification every two years.

Professional certification is offered through the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT) or the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). These certifications address general pharmacy technician knowledge and techniques and are not specific to IV techniques.

Educational Programs

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), as of September 2006, did not accredit any certification programs specifically in IV compounding and preparation for pharmacy technicians. However, educational programs that include such training may be institutionally accredited by the ACPE. You can seek sterile product certification through the National Pharmacy Technician Association; its educational service division is accredited by the ACPE.

In a pharmacy technician educational program that includes IV instruction, you might study topics including:

  • USP 797 Pharmaceutical Compounding - Sterile Preparations standards
  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN)
  • Aseptic technique and hand washing
  • Calculating 24-hour IV solution supplies
  • Handling of antineoplastic agents (used to treat tumors)

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