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Jaclyn Roman, BA, CPhT
Lead Pharmacy Technician
Asked a question 2 months ago

I am currently working on my TPV training with the NPTA. Does anyone have feedback on this program? I am about halfway through the program, and some of the practice questions are misleading and incorrect. Will this program really prepare me for the certification exam?

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Christopher S. Moore
Oncology & Inpatient - BS, AS, AA, CPhT-Adv, CSPT, NREMT-R

The T.P.V. exam is unique in that it does not test your knowledge of the matter, but your actual skill in identifying errors, if any at all. It is like a combination of the two games "Where's Waldo?" and "What Doesn't Belong / What Is Missing?"
For preparation, actually practicing this skill is the best method if you follow a system of process in identification of products; even making a check-list of factors to find/verify when you go over each item is a great place to start.
This exam requires a great deal of focus to detail. Make sure your mind and body are well-rested the night before. Use ALL of the available time allotted to you during the exam; get through the exam without rushing, but take the remaining time available to review and double-check your choice/reason. Check and magnify-check/view EVERYTHING, including checking the math and units, never assume any one item is uniform to the others; to be clear, take the safest and most conservative approach in your verification practice. I know it all sounds rather daunting, but literally almost any part of the order/product can be erroneous.

Mark Woodall
Cpht -ADV compounding specialist / instructor

I completed it last year and yes the course does help. It’s all checking prescriptions for the exam so don’t over think it and take your time. Pay attention to all details! You’ll do fine