Pharmacy Tech Faculty Member Named to National Accreditation Commission

January 29, 2014 -- Douglas Scribner, head of CNM’s Pharmacy Technician Program, has been selected to serve on the recently-created Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC), which is tasked with advancing the quality of pharmacy technician education and training programs around the country.
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The nine-member commission was formed in August as a collaborative initiative between the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). It will conduct document reviews and site surveys in addition to advising both groups’ boards of directors, which will agree on final accreditation actions. Members include pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from a wide variety of practice areas.

The establishment of the PTAC expands upon ASHP’s 31-year history as the national accreditation body for pharmacy technician training program and incorporates ACPE’s expertise in the accreditation of educational programs. Scribner’s program at CNM is the only ASHP-accredited program in New Mexico.  Starting this May technician education and training programs seeking accreditation will apply for accreditation through PTAC.

“This appointment is professionally rewarding,” Scribner, a Rio Rancho resident, said. “I’ll be working with other experienced pharmacy technicians, educators and pharmacists, conducting site visits at schools seeking accreditation and studying accreditation standards.

Scribner, who helped found CNM’s Pharmacy Technician Program in 1994, has served as its director since 1996. He has also been president of both the New Mexico and  American Association of Pharmacy Technicians. In 2011, he participated in the National Assessment Governing Board of the U.S. Department of Education standard setting study. In 2012, he was involved in a pharmacy technician job- training curriculum study with the Education Policy Improvement Center.

During the Los Angeles and Salt Lake City Olympic Games, Scribner served as a pharmacy professional in the Olympic village.

Scribner received his initial pharmacy technician training at the U.S. Army Academy of Health and Sciences. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from California State University, Fullerton and a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on educational leadership from New Mexico Highlands University.