PTCE Exam Information

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The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) offers professional credentials to pharmacy technicians who pass a written exam, known as the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). Keep reading to get information about eligibility and registration requirements, and learn what's covered on the test.

About the PTCE Exam

Passing scores on the PTCE earn professionals in this field the Certified Pharmacy Technician designation. This credential can be used to meet employer or state licensing requirements. It might also prove useful to pharmacy techs who want to advance their careers and distinguish themselves in the field. For test prep information, check out our article How to Pass the PTCB Test.

Eligibility & Registration

Before you can sign up for the test, you'll need to submit the PTCB's online application. Eligibility requirements include a high school diploma. You must also be in good standing with your state pharmacy board. Only after your application has been approved will you be able to create an online account with Pearson VUE and schedule your testing time and location. The exam is administered year-round at one of more than 300 testing centers across the country.

Exam Content

The PCTE consists of 90 multiple-choice questions delivered over the course of a two-hour testing session. Take a look at the table below to find out what subjects are covered and click on the links to find corresponding video lessons that can provide you with a quick review of some of these topics.

Content Domain Sample Topics Percent of Test
Pharmacology for Technicians Pharmaceutical generic and brand names, dosage abbreviations, drug-nutrient and drug-herb interactions, drug-drug interactions 13.75%
Pharmacy Law and Regulations Documentation of controlled substances, consultation requirements, patient confidentiality requirements 12.5%
Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding Hand washing, compounding processes, disposal requirements 8.75%
Medication Safety Strategies for preventing data-entry errors, inventory and labeling safety strategies 12.5%
Pharmacy Quality Assurance Inventory control systems, follow-up communication channels, customer satisfaction measures 7.5%
Medication Order Entry and Fill Process Order entry, dosage calculation, labeling and packaging requirements 17.5%
Pharmacy Inventory Management Ordering processes, storage requirements, receiving processes 8.75%
Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement Types of reimbursement plans, healthcare and third-party reimbursement systems 8.75%
Pharmacy Information System Usage and Application Pharmacy computer applications, pharmacy software and database management 10%

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