What is Continuing Education?
According to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), continuing pharmacy education, "is a structured educational activity designed or intended to support the continuing development of pharmacists and/or pharmacy technicians to maintain and enhance their competence. Continuing pharmacy education should promote problem-solving and critical thinking and be applicable to the safe practice of pharmacy."
Continuing Education Requirements To Recertify
CPhTs who are due to recertify in 2014 must complete a minimum of twenty (20) hours of continuing education (CE) in pharmacy-related subject matter during each two (2) year recertification cycle. For recertification candidates, one (1) hour of the twenty (20) hours must be in the subject of pharmacy law and one (1) hour must be in the subject of patient safety (refer to Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) definition of patient safety, defined in the ACPE Policy and Procedures Manual, topic designation 05). For reinstatement candidates, two (2) of the twenty (20) hours must be in the subject of pharmacy law and one (1) hour must be in the subject of patient safety. A maximum of fifteen (15) hours of the twenty (20) hours may be earned by completing a relevant college course with a grade of “C”or better. A maximum of ten (10) hours may be earned by completing in-service projects.
Pharmacy-related subject matter includes the following topics:
- Medication distribution
- Inventory control systems
- Pharmaceutical sciences
- Pharmacy law
- Pharmacology/drug therapy
- Roles and duties of pharmacy technicians
- Patient safety
CPhTs must complete all continuing education hours within the two (2) year recertification cycle (on or before the expiration date). No CE hours completed before certification is granted may be used to satisfy recertification requirements. CE hours can only be applied to the recertification cycle in which they are completed, and cannot be carried over and applied to future cycles.
PTCB has determined that all CE programs offered through providers accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) satisfy the requirement of pertaining to pharmacy-related subject matter. Other CE programs will be accepted if PTCB determines that they pertain to pharmacy-related subject matter. For more information please refer to the Recertification Policy.
CPhTs who are unsure about whether or not PTCB will accept a specific CE activity may submit a request for CE pre-approval to PTCB, only during the following months: January-February, May-June, and September-October. Requests must include sufficient information to demonstrate that the CE activity pertains to pharmacy-related subject matter. Pre-approval requests received outside of these months will not be reviewed.
Continuing Education Documentation
CPhTs must maintain their own records of continuing education hours earned during each recertification period, and are responsible for maintaining these records for at least one (1) year after the certification cycle ends. Acceptable documentation of participation in a college course may be either a transcript or a grade report. For in-service projects or other CEs for which a certificate of participation is not available, the supervising pharmacist or instructor must complete the Universal Continuing Education Form.