How are PTCB-recognized education/training programs different from accredited programs?

PTCB has defined a set of requirements for program curricula that programs must meet to become PTCB-recognized. To receive PTCB recognition, an attestation survey must be completed by a program director to show that the program’s curriculum includes specific knowledge. This knowledge is identified in PTCB’s 2020 PTCB CPhT Knowledge Reference document.

This set of content requirements is backed by PTCB’s 2016 Job Analysis. PTCB recognizes individual programs that conform to this set of standards. Because of PTCB’s program accreditation through NCCA, we do not serve as an academic accreditor. Many PTCB-recognized programs are already accredited, but accreditation is not a requirement for a program to be PTCB-recognized.

PTCB automatically recognizes education/training programs accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ASHP/ACPE) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). If your program is not accredited by ASHP/ACPE or ABHES, to receive PTCB recognition, the attestation survey must be completed by a program director.

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