OPTA’s guiding values are aligned with our parent organization NCODA, those being:


Always Collaborative


Our mission is to support and encourage the professional development of oncology centers and medically integrated dispensing clinics nationwide.

We as an association will strive to strengthen and empower dispensing staff in their increasingly vital role by providing leadership and sharing knowledge to ensure better outcomes for patients.

Our vision is that each patient receives the maximum benefit from their cancer treatment by cultivating a community focused on advancing the role of the oncology pharmacy technician through professional development & innovation.

OPTA’s primary goals are to:

  • Advance the value of oncology pharmacy technicians for all practices

  • Maximize members’ professional development through training, collaboration and knowledge sharing of resources, tools, professional benchmarks, and other value-adds to OPTA members

  • Advocate for oncology pharmacy technicians to be an influential voice for patient cancer care issues

  • Collaborate with all oncology pharmacy technicians to influence and strengthen the safety, quality, and access to care for each cancer patient

  • Create valuable networks among OPTA members

At 400 members strong, the Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association is the only organization for our professional discipline. As the forum for the global oncology pharmacy technician community, OPTA provides a voice and resources for oncology pharmacy technicians everywhere. OPTA is by oncology pharmacy technicians, for oncology pharmacy technicians. We want to provide the platform for our members to connect and work together to advance personally and professionally to provide a higher level of care for our patients.

Current OPTA member Carol Hemersbach, CPhT, from Arizona Blood and Cancer Specialists stated, “Oncology pharmacy techs play an integral role in cancer care, and with the growth of oral chemotherapy agents, we need to empower and arm these technicians with the knowledge they need to provide quality care to cancer patients. The new OPTA will help us accomplish this.”

Interested in an OPTA membership? For more information please email Taryn Newsome, taryn.newsome@ncoda.org.


“From billing issues to medication information to bettering patient care, I know I can turn to OPTA as a reliable resource to answer my questions. Becoming an OPTA member has bettered my career in so many ways and it is so inspiring to be able to network with other Oncology technicians with the same passion for patient care excellence!”

Rosa Guerrero, CPhT (Billings Clinic Specialty Pharmacy)

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