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Professional Licensure Disclosure Information

Professional Licensure Disclosure Information

 

Most of Martinsburg College’s programs provide students with the opportunity to sit for industry certification exams. Industry certifications are generally accepted as a valuable credential in the workplace to indicate specific competencies. Industry certifications are distinct from programs of study that lead to state licensure such as nursing and teaching. Currently, none of Martinsburg College’s programs prepare students to sit for  state licensure exams such as nursing or teaching programs.

There are currently three programs offered by the college: Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assisting, and Surgical Instrument Processing, in which some states require that students pass a certification exam in order to work in the field.  Listed below is the information regarding state requirements for each of these three programs.

Pharmacy Technician Program

Martinsburg College’s Pharmacy Technician program provides students with the skills commonly expected of entry-level Pharmacy Technicians and the knowledge required to sit for the two most recognized national certification exams: the PTCE (administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board – PTCB) and the ExCPT (administered by the National Healthcareer Association – NHA).

Upon graduation, students seeking certification will receive specific information in preparation to sit for the PTCB or the ExCPT exams which are the two national certifications that qualify students to apply for registration or licensure in the majority of states. Students who have not worked in the pharmacy technician field must complete a pharmacy technician training program offered by an accredited or state-recognized institution or provider in order to take the ExCPT certification exam. Our program meets this requirement.

As state requirements to work as a Pharmacy Technician vary from state to state, prospective students should check with their state’s Board of Pharmacy or equivalent licensing body for details prior to enrolling in a pharmacy technician program.  If you plan on moving to another state, check that state’s requirements also.  Please note that completion of the training program alone may not permit you to work in a state as a Pharmacy Technician; you may also need to pass a national certification test (please see below for further information.)  As the regulations vary from state to state, we strongly advise prospective students to check the state-specific requirements relating to the requirements for Pharmacy Technicians in the state in which they plan to work.  Listed below is a link to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) in order for prospective students to check the requirements in the states in which they plan to work as a Pharmacy Technician:  https://www.nabp.net/boards-of-pharmacy/

Martinsburg College has determined that its curriculum meets the state requirements for graduates to be registered/licensed as a pharmacy technician in the following states, upon passing a national certification test, when required:

Alabama Alaska Arizona* Arkansas California Colorado
Connecticut** Delaware D.C.* Florida Georgia Hawaii
Idaho Illinois Indiana* Iowa* Kansas*** Kentucky
Louisiana* Maine Maryland* Massachusetts* Michigan* Mississippi
Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada* New Hampshire New Jersey
New Mexico New York North Carolina** Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island*
South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas* Vermont Virginia
West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming**      

*State requires students to pass either the PTCE or the ExCPT exam.

** State requires students to pass the PTCE exam.

*** State requires students to pass either the PTCE or ExCPT within 1 – 2 years of working as a Pharmacy Technician.

Martinsburg College’s Pharmacy Technician program does not meet the requirements in the following states:

Minnesota North Dakota Ohio Utah Washington State

Martinsburg College does not accept enrollments from residents of these states in this program.  Prospective students residing in these states on a temporary basis may request a waiver indicating that they have no plans to work as a pharmacy technician in these states.

In addition to the requirements listed above, most states have the following prerequisites to work as a pharmacy technician:

  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Must not have any felony convictions (this varies by states, for example, some states require individuals not to have any felony convictions within the last five years.
  • Currently 21 states require passing a national certification test (see below for more information)
  • Must be fluent in English

As technician training grows and technicians increase their presence in the pharmacy, regulation of their practice will most likely become more standardized. Thus, students that complete their Martinsburg College Pharmacy Technician program should seek certification by completing either the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), or the Examination for Certified Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) offered through the National Healthcareer Association.  Upon completion of your program, you will be advised if there are any restrictions on which test you may take depending upon the state in which you plan to work.

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
The PTCB develops, maintains, promotes, and administers a certification and recertification program for pharmacy technicians. The goal of PTCB’s certification program is to enable pharmacy technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer greater patient care and service. Practice tests and other resources are available to Martinsburg College students to help them successfully complete the PTCE examination.

Individuals who meet all eligibility requirements and who successfully pass PTCB’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). There are two parts to being a CPhT. First, pharmacy technicians must sit for and pass the national PTCE. Once a pharmacy technician has passed the exam, he or she may use the designation of CPhT. Second, to continue to hold certification, a CPhT is required to obtain 20 hours of continuing education for recertification within two years of original certification or previous recertification.

The PTCE is available year-round at over 200 Pearson Professional Centers nationwide. See PTCB’s Web site for more information at www.ptcb.org

The fee to take the PTCE is currently $129 (as of May 2021).  As fees may change, please check the PTCB website for the most up-to-date information.

National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
Since 1989, the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) has awarded more than 750,000 certifications to healthcare students and professionals, providing them with nationally recognized measurements of competency.

NHA engages with both regulatory and legislative bodies to promote certification for the industry and for the people working in it. The association is committed to developing, advancing and advocating for the frontline healthcare worker.

Practice tests and other resources are available to Martinsburg College students to help them successfully complete the ExCPT examination.

Students may take the ExCPT in an online, proctored environment.

The fee to take the ExCPT is currently $117 (as of May 2021).  As fees may change, please check the NHA website for the most up-to-date information www.nhanow.com

The ExCPT test may be taken at PSI Testing Centers www.psiexams.com

Medical Assisting Program

Martinsburg College’s Medical Assisting program provides students with the skills commonly expected of entry-level Medical Assistants and the knowledge required to sit for several national certification exams.  Currently, there are no state licensure requirements for Medical Assistants, however Arizona and Washington State require students to pass certification exams in order to work in the field. Martinsburg College’s program meets the requirements in these states.

Arizona
The state requires that, in addition to program completion, students pass one of the following certification exams:

  • Certified Medical Assistant Exam (CMA) offered through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA);
  • Registered Medical Assistant Exam (RMA) offered through American Medical Technologists (AMT);
  • Clinical Medical Assistant Exam (CMA) through the National Health Career Association (NHA).

Washington State
Washington State has two pathways in order to work as a Medical Assistant in the state: Registered Medical Assistant and Certified Medical Assistant. The program meets the state requirements for both the Registered pathway and the Certified pathways. If students wish to apply for the Certified pathway, in addition to completing the program, they will need to complete a 160-hour externship and pass one of the following certification exams:

  • Certified Medical Assistant Exam (CMA) offered through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA);
  • Registered Medical Assistant Exam (RMA) offered through American Medical Technologists (AMT);
  • Clinical Medical Assistant Exam (CMA) through the National Health Career Association (NHA);
  • Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Examination offered through the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA).

Certification Exams
Martinsburg College’s program prepares students to take the following certification exams:

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) administered by American Medical Technologists (AMT).  Students must have completed a 160-hour externship in order to be eligible to take this certification exam.
Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Upon graduation, students seeking certification will receive specific information in preparation to sit for certification exams.

Although most states do not have specific licensure requirements for Medical Assistants, students should be aware of the requirements below, as most positions in this field have the following prerequisites to work as a medical assistant:

  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Must not have any felony convictions (this varies by states, for example, some states require individuals not to have any felony convictions within the last five years)
  • Must be able to pass a background check and/ or drug screen
  • May require passing a national certification test (see below for more information)
  • Must be fluent in English

Medical Assisting students have the opportunity to complete an optional 160-hour externship in a setting that provides hands-on experience necessary to develop skills needed by medical assistants. Some externship sites may have additional requirements, such as a background check and drug screen, which may incur additional cost.

Martinsburg College has determined that its curriculum meets the state requirements in the following states:

Alabama Alaska Arizona* Arkansas California Colorado
Connecticut Delaware D.C. Florida Georgia Hawaii
Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky
Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire
New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio
Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota
Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington**
West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming      

* State requires students to pass one of the following certification exams in addition to program completion: Certified Medical Assistant Exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA); or Registered Medical Assistant Exam through American Medical Technologists (AMT); or Clinical Medical Assistant Exam through the National Health Career Association (NHA).

**For the Certified Medical Assistant designation, state requires completing a 160-hour externship (in addition to program completion) and passing one of the following certification exams: Certified Medical Assistant Exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA); or Registered Medical Assistant Exam through American Medical Technologists (AMT); or Clinical Medical Assistant Exam through the National Health Career Association (NHA); or National Certified Medical Assistant Exam through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT); or Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Examination through the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA).

In addition to the requirements listed above, most states have the following prerequisites to work as a medical assistant:

  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Must not have any felony convictions (this varies by states, for example, some states require individuals not to have any felony convictions within the last five years.
  • Must be fluent in English

National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
Since 1989, the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) has awarded more than 750,000 certifications to healthcare students and professionals, providing them with nationally recognized measurements of competency.

NHA engages with both regulatory and legislative bodies to promote certification for the industry and for the people working in it. The association is committed to developing, advancing and advocating for the frontline healthcare worker.

Students may take the CMAA, CBCS, CCMA, and CEHRS certification exams in an online, proctored environment.

For more information on these certification exams, exam preparation, and fees, please check the NHA website for the most up-to-date information www.nhanow.com

American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)
Since 1956, the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) dedicated itself to the medical assisting profession.

The American Association of Medical Assistants works to provide medical assistant professionals with education, certification, credential acknowledgment, networking opportunities, scope-of-practice protection, and advocacy for quality patient-centered health care.

The CMA certification exam requires successful completion of a 160-hour medical assistant externship. For more information about the CMA exam, exam eligibility, exam preparation, and fees, please visit the AAMA website for the most up-to-date information. https://www.aama-ntl.org/index

American Medical Technologists (AMT)
American Medical Technologists (AMT) is a not-for-profit association of allied health professionals. In addition to certification, AMT provides members ongoing support to maintain skills and competencies, learn and grow in their chosen professions, and sustain quality in the workplace.

For information about the RMA certification exam, exam eligibility, exam preparation, and fees, please visit the AMT website for the most up-to-date information https://www.americanmedtech.org/

Surgical Instrument Processing Program

The Surgical Instrument Processing program prepares students to work in the field of Central Service as Central Service Technicians. Roles in this field may also be referred to as Medical Equipment Preparers or Sterile Processors. Upon completion of the program, there are two certification options which are listed below:

  1. Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD)
    Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician Certification (C.S.P.D.T.)
    For information regarding this certification, please refer to the following website: https://www.cbspd.net/
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  3. International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM)
    Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST)
    For information regarding this certification, please refer to the following website: https://www.iahcsmm.org/
    For students choosing the IAHCSMM certification, in addition to passing the certification test, they must also complete 400 hours of paid or voluntary work in a Central Service department in order to earn the certification. Martinsburg College will assist students in locating facilities to complete this work, if required.

 
Currently, the following states have requirements regarding certification in this field:

Connecticut
Unless otherwise permitted pursuant to this section, no person shall practice as a central service technician unless such person (1) (A) has successfully passed a nationally accredited central service exam for central service technicians and holds and maintains one of the following credentials: (i) A certified registered central service technician credential administered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management, or (ii) a certified sterile processing and distribution technician credential administered by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc., or (B) was employed or otherwise contracted for services as a central service technician in a health care facility before January 1, 2016, or (2) obtains a certified registered central service technician credential administered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management or a certified sterile processing and distribution technician credential administered by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc., not later than two years after such person’s date of hire or contracting for services with the health care facility.

For more information, please refer to the Connecticut Public Law Act available here:
https://cga.ct.gov/2015/ACT/pa/pdf/2015PA-00011-R00HB-05913-PA.pdf

New Jersey
All personnel involved in sterile processing shall be certified through a national sterile processing program recognized by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services within three years of employment.

College note: Currently, it is our understanding that the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services only recognizes the IAHCSSMM certification. We have contacted the Department for clarification and will update this disclosure if we are provided with additional information from NJHSS. For more information, please refer to the state website: https://web.doh.state.nj.us/

New York

  1. A person cannot function as a Central Service Technician (CST) in a healthcare facility and a healthcare facility cannot employ or otherwise contract for the services of a CST unless the person meets one of the following:
    1. has successfully passed a nationally accredited central service exam for central service technicians; and holds and maintains one of the following credentials administered by a nationally accredited central service technician credentialing organization: the certified registered central service technician credential, the certified sterile processing and distribution technician credential, or a substantially equivalent credential; or
    2. provides evidence that the person was employed or otherwise contracted for the services as a CST in a healthcare facility for a cumulative period of one year, occurring within the four years immediately prior to January 1, 2015; or
    3. is a student or intern performing the functions of a CST if the student or intern is under the direct supervision of an appropriately licensed or certified healthcare professional and is functioning within the scope of the student’s or intern’s training.
  2. Any contractor or employer of persons functioning as a CST on the effective date of the law shall confirm in writing to each employee or contractor his or her employment as a CST.
  3. A CST who does not meet the requirements as outlined above shall have eighteen months from the date of hire to obtain the certified registered central service technician credential or the certified sterile processing and distribution technician

For more information, please review the New York State Department of Health website at: https://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/hospital_administrator/letters/2015/2015-01- 20_central_supply.htm

Pennsylvania
An individual shall not function as a central service technician in a health care facility, and a health care facility shall not employ or otherwise contract for the services of a central service technician unless the individual has successfully passed a nationally accredited central service exam for central service technicians and holds and maintains one of the following credentials:
(1) Certified registered central service technician credential.
(2) Certified sterile processing and distribution technician credential.

Employment and continuing education:

(a) New employees: A central service technician who does not meet the requirements listed above shall have 18 months from the date of hire to comply with the requirements.

(b) Continuing Education: An individual who qualifies to function as a central service technician in a hospital or an ambulatory surgical facility under section 301 shall annually complete 10 hours of continuing education to remain qualified as a central service technician. The continuing education required under this subsection shall be in areas related to the functions of a central service technician.

For further information, please review the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ website at: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Tennessee
Unless otherwise permitted pursuant to this section, no person shall practice as a central service technician unless the person: (1) (A) Has successfully passed a nationally accredited central service exam for central service technicians and holds and maintains one (1) of the following credentials: (i) A certified registered central service technician credential administered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management; or (ii) A certified sterile processing and distribution technician credential administered by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc.; or (B) Was employed or otherwise contracted for services as a central service technician in a healthcare institution before January 1, 2017; or (2) Obtains a certified registered central service technician credential administered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management or the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc., not later than two (2) years after the person’s date of hire or contracting for services with a healthcare institution.

For more information, please refer to the Tennessee requirements listed here:
https://law.justia.com/codes/tennessee/2016/title-68/health/chapter-11/part-2/section-68-11-239

Martinsburg College’s program meets all state requirements to work in the field.  The states listed above are indicated with an asterisk in the chart below to denote that, in addition to completing the training program, students will need to pass a certification test in order to work in the field:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado
Connecticut* Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho
Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana
Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey*
New Mexico New York* North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania* Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee*
Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia
Wisconsin Wyoming        

*In addition to completing the program, students must pass a certification test in order to work in the field.

Additional Information

The following programs track to industry certifications.  Currently, certification is not required by any state in order to work in the fields related to these programs:

Computer Support Technology
Computer Systems and Network Technologies
Financial Fundamentals and Bookkeeping
Healthcare Administrative Specialist
Homeland Security
Human Resources
Medical Office Administration
Medical Billing and Coding
Project Management

If a prospective student has any questions regarding any program or the certification requirements, please contact Rita Claypole at 304-944-0296 or [email protected]