Supporting Oncology Pharmacy Technicians

NCODA and the Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association (OPTA) together have created a Certification Program to advance the professional development of oncology pharmacy technicians. OPTA aspires to ensure that oncology care meets a consistent standard of quality, nationwide.

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Oncology pharmacy technicians require specific training and education to best suit their role, patients, colleagues, and their practice. Although a few professional development programs exist, the current offerings are not specific to the role of an oncology pharmacy technician.  NCODA’s Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association (OPTA) is best poised to address this unmet need and offer the first-ever Oncology Pharmacy Technician Certification Program.

I am thrilled to be a Certified Oncology Pharmacy Technician. Technician certification ensures proper training & education which ultimately benefits our patients, and that is really what we’re all here for!
– Nora Hansen, CPhT, COPhT, Illinois Cancer Specialist

leaders in advancing high-quality oncology pharmacy TECHNICIAN education

The purpose of the certification is to implement a sustainable oncology pharmacy technician certification program founded on innovative, high-quality, and evidence-based programming that will raise the standards and optimize the care of individuals affected by cancer. The certification will improve patient care by promoting the value of the Certified Oncology Pharmacy Technicians’ specialized training, knowledge, and skill in oncology pharmacy.

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Study Resources

OPTA has created an Active Learner Study Guide as part of the Certification Program. The guide was developed to help you prepare for the Certified Oncology Pharmacy Technician examination. The Certification Content Outline is also included which provides a detailed overview of each section of the exam.


Here you will find answers to the most common questions you may have on the Certified Oncology Pharmacy Technician Program. If you cannot find your answer below, please contact Taryn Newsome Taryn.Newsome@ncoda.org

NCODA Oncology Pharmacy Technican Certification is led by:

Taryn Newsome, CPhT
Associate Manager of OPTA

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