DATE: June 2, 2017
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:

Virginia Board of Pharmacy Examinations Options


The Virginia Board of Pharmacy (VBOP) will discontinue the Virginia Pharmacy Technician Examination, effective September 1, 2017.  Students who have successfully completed a board-approved pharmacy technician training program must choose to take either the Pharmacy Technicians Certification BoardThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website (PTCB) or Certification of Pharmacy TechniciansThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website (ExCPT) examination prior to submitting an application to the VBOP for pharmacy technician registration.

The VBOP will continue to allow students who have successfully completed a board-approved pharmacy technician training program prior to September 1, 2017, to choose the PTCB, ExCPT, or Virginia Pharmacy Technician examination. Information about the current examination registration process is available on the VBOPThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website website.

All high school pharmacy technician instructors and administrators should participate in the Virginia Department of Education Pharmacy Symposium July 24-26, 2017, at the Virginia Commonwealth University to receive the most current professional development update and additional information on the new examination process.  Online preregistrationThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website is required and must be completed by June 15, 2017.  For more information, see Superintendent Memo #158-17.

Information will be provided during the Pharmacy Symposium for career and technical education administrators and pharmacy technician instructors to ensure that all programs are in compliance with the new regulation that allows the VBOP to have one or more exams (other than the PTCB) for licensing a pharmacy technician:

18VAC110-20-103.This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website Examination.

  1. The board shall approve one or more examinations to test entry-level competency for pharmacy technicians. In order to be approved, a competency examination shall be developed in accordance with and meet the recognized acceptable test measurement standards of the Joint Technical Standards for Education and Psychological Testing (American Psychological Association, current edition), and shall be administered by an independent third party.
  2. The board may contract with an examination service for the development and administration of a competency examination.
  3. The board shall determine the minimum passing standard on the competency examination.
  4. Any requests for testing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act shall be in accordance with the provisions of 18VAC1110-20-60.FThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website.

If you have any questions regarding the licensure examination process, please contact Patricia Mason or Beth O’Halloran at pharmbd@dhp.virginia.gov.  If you have any questions regarding the curriculum or industry credential, please contact Michele R. Green-Wright, Specialist for Health and Medical Sciences and Related Clusters, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, at cte@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3119.

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