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9/5/2000
Press Release

Program Directory Provides Useful Information for Aspiring Pharmacy Technicians

As pharmacists today focus on helping patients make the best use of medications, they are increasingly relying on well-qualified pharmacy technicians to assist in activities that do not require the professional judgment of a pharmacist. To assist individuals who are interested in becoming a pharmacy and provide information on accredited training programs, ASHP has released the 1999 edition of its Pharmacy Technician Training Program Directory.

Updated yearly, ASHP's Pharmacy Technician Training Program Directory is designed for individuals interested in pursuing an ASHP-accredited pharmacy technician training program. Program directors may also find the directory useful as a networking tool. 

ASHP is currently the only accreditation body for pharmacy technician training programs. It identifies and publicly recognizes institutions that have been evaluated and found to meet the qualifications of the Society's accreditation standards. These standards ensure trainees that a program meets basic requirements. Currently, there are 65 ASHP-accredited pharmacy technician programs across the U.S. Also included in the directory are a variety of training programs that are not currently accredited. 

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medications. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.