Health System Technicians

Dear Pharmacy Technician,

During 2018, the profession of pharmacy has reached new horizons with the changes brought about in the Affordable Care Act.  With the evolution of pharmacist's role in today's healthcare, technician roles are also changing.  AAHP members are perfectly poised to help expand healthcare services to many through these new avenues. National certification for pharmacy technicians is quickly becoming the “gold standard” and the expectation.

As an organization, AAHP accomplished much last year. During the last 12 months, technicians were represented on the AAHP Board during quarterly meetings. AAHP Pharmacy Technicians continued the Certification Scholarship program. AAHP pharmacy technicians collaborated with college of pharmacy students to offer national certification sessions for area health system pharmacy technicians and there was specific technician ACPE Continuing Education programming during the annual AAHP Fall Seminar.

Our goals for 2019 are lofty but attainable with your help.

  • We would like to increase our membership by 50%. When you renew your membership this year, grab a friend and encourage them to join as well.
  • Please join us on Facebook. AAHP member, Shannon Gallagher, has agreed to be the administrator for the group.
  • We would like to award two technician scholarships this year. If you are not nationally certified, now is a great time to do so. Also, please encourage your co workers to apply.
  • Your commitment to AAHP through membership serves as your voice in shaping the future role of pharmacy technicians in Arkansas. Now, more than ever, your involvement in AAHP shows your investment in our profession. Whether you practice in retail, institutional or hospital pharmacy-AAHP offers membership to all pharmacy technicians regardless of practice setting.

Membership dues are only $20.00 and include APA and AAHP Dues.  

Scholarships are available for technicians for the National Technician Certification Exam. Click here to find out more.

QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Must be a registered pharmacy technician in the state of Arkansas
  2. Must have worked as a pharmacy technician for a minimum of one year or completed an approved pharmacy technician education program.
  3. Has never received an AAHP scholarship before

NECESSARY DOCUMENTS

  1. Scholarship Application Form
  2. Current resume
  3. A letter of recommendation from the pharmacy director/pharmacist in charge at your current employment
  4. One page essay on one of the following topics:
         A. Thoughts on mandatory certification for pharmacy technicians in   
             Arkansas
    Or
         B. Thoughts on how certified technicians contribute to medication safety
            in the pharmacy environment.

    Note:  In writing your essay, please give specific examples to clarify your ideas.  
    Limit:  One typewritten page (8 ½ x 11, double-spaced)

DEADLINE AND SUBMISSION

All required documents including letter of recommendation must be received by the AAHP technician representative by September 15, 2019.  This year’s recipients will be notified by postal mail/email and announced at the AAHP Fall Seminar, October 4, 2019. 

BeeLinda Temple, CPhT
Jefferson Regional Medical Center Pharmacy
1600 West 40th
Pine Bluff, AR 71603