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CE Directory

Last updated: October 13, 2020

We know that pharmacy technicians are inundated with new demands as they serve on the front lines in the national effort to battle the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To assist CPhTs, we developed this resource listing free continuing education (CE) programs for pharmacy technicians. We hope this page will help CPhTs identify and complete the CE programs they need to recertify.

Please visit our COVID-19 webpage frequently at ptcb.org/covid19 for PTCB updates.

Please note: In order to facilitate a quick solution, all CEs listed on this page are ACPE-accredited and free of charge. Programs are listed in order of expiration date. We are working on a more permanent and comprehensive CE directory.

If you are a CE provider, we invite you to complete this form to add your CE programs to the directory. Please note: All CEs submitted to this listing must be ACPE-accredited and free of charge.

In order to be eligible to renew, PTCB requires CPhTs to complete a minimum of 1 hour in the subject of pharmacy law and 1 hour in the subject of patient safety. Topic designations below indicate CE courses in these subjects.

Choline and Other Supplementation: Health Benefits and Importance for Fetal Development – 2.5 CE Hours

Pharmacy Times Continuing Education •  https://www.pharmacytimes.org/on-demand/choline-and-other-supplementation-health-benefits-and-importance-for-fetal-development-techs

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

This activity will provide a summary of vitamins and minerals that are essential for nutrition during prenatal and postnatal care. A complete review of common vitamins and minerals included in prenatal vitamins will be provided, with an emphasis on emerging evidence regarding choline supplementation and its role in prenatal development. At the end of this article, pharmacists should be able to provide recommendations to patients for prenatal nutrition supplementation as part of an interprofessional fetal/maternal health care team.

Expires: 10/15/20


Pharmacist Use of IIS Data – 1 CE Hour

American Pharmacists Association • https://elearning.pharmacist.com/products/6162/pharmacist-use-of-iis-data

Topic Designation: Immunizations

This CE webinar will explain the importance of Immunization Information Systems (IIS) and the data contained within, discuss the pharmacist’s use of IIS data to forecast and identify patients in need of vaccinations, counsel patients about vaccine recommendations based on their individual immunization histories, and protect patients from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Expires: 11/17/20


A Quick Guide for Pharmacy Technicians to Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Products in the Pharmacy – 1.5 CE Hours

Pharmacy Times Continuing Education • https://www.pharmacytimes.org/on-demand/a-quick-guide-for-pharmacy-technicians-to-complementary-alternative-and-integrative-products-in-the-pharmacy

Topic Designation: General Pharmacy

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 80% of the world’s population use at least 1 form of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) or a homeopathic product. To best assist and educate patients, pharmacy technicians should be aware of the most commonly inquired about products sold in their pharmacies and help patients decipher product information. This activity will also review the manufacturing process for these products and prepare pharmacy technicians to identify opportunities for appropriate discussions as well as referral to the pharmacist.

Expires: 12/11/20


APhA's 15 on COVID-19 03/23/2020 – .25 CE Hours

American Pharmacists Association •  http://elearning.pharmacist.com/products/5994/15-on-covid-19-03-23-2020?sectionId=aa017f2d-808b-4b8d-af54-dfd474810ab7

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, people everywhere are looking for potential treatments to stop the spread of the disease, treat the symptoms of the disease , and reduce the mortality of COVID-19. One drug that has rapidly captured the world’s attention is chloroquine, and it’s close relative, hydroxychloroquine. This may seem strange at first glance – after all, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are antimalarial medications. What utility could they possibly have in treating COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel strain of coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2? Join APhA experts as we explore the science behind the drug, and attempt to separate truth from fiction in this rapidly changing series of events.

Expires: 1/23/21


Optimizing the Pharmacist’s Role in the Management of Dry Eye Disease – 1 CE Hour

Pharmacy Times Continuing Education •  https://www.pharmacytimes.org/on-demand/dry-eye-disease-pharmacy-technician-webinar

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

Dry eye disease (DED) is one of the most common eye conditions worldwide, with approximately 25 million individuals affected by symptoms. Recognition and diagnosis of DED is significant because it can become a chronic and progressive condition leading to permanent loss of vision and decreased quality of life if not adequately treated. Pharmacists should be familiar with the guidelines for diagnosis and management of DED as well as recommended strategies to assess future interventions as established by the 2017 Dry Eye WorkShop report. This activity will review over-the-counter products, prescription medications, and emerging therapies for the treatment and management of DED. The pharmacist’s role in counseling patients on proper eye health habits, including for contact lens use, and treatment expectations will also be highlighted.

Expires: 1/24/21


New Drug Approvals for 2019 – 3 CE Hours

Pharmacy Times Continuing Education • https://www.pharmacytimes.org/on-demand/new-drug-approvals-for-2019-techs

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

This continuing education activity is intended to improve the pharmacist or pharmacy technician’s awareness of the new molecular entities, new biologic medications, and novel combination products that have received approval in the United States for 2019. This activity provides an overview of important features; highlights of clinical evidence; storage and dispensing pearls; and relevant counseling points for select entities to ensure safe and effective use. Selection of medications included for detailed review in this activity was based on mechanism of effect, prevalence of disease state or intended indication for use, and therapeutic novelty. A comprehensive table of all the new molecular entities approved by the FDA in 2019 will also be presented.

Expires: 1/31/21


APhA's 15 on COVID-19 03/24/2020 – .25 CE Hours

American Pharmacists Association •  http://elearning.pharmacist.com/products/6019/15-on-covid-19-03-24-2020?sectionId=549f803a-f093-4657-866e-75e8f972d0d2

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

This episode of 15 on COVID-19 will provide a broad overview of COVID-19. Topics covered will include: An overview of coronaviruses and other diseases caused by coronaviruses Symptoms of COVID-19; the clinical course of COVID-19; COVID-19 Mortality Rate; COVID-19 Cause of Death; Transmission of COVID-19; and Risk Factors for COVID-19.

Expires: 3/24/21


APhA's 15 on COVID-19 03/27/2020 - NSAIDS – .25 CE Hours

American Pharmacists Association •  http://elearning.pharmacist.com/products/6031/15-on-covid-19-03-27-2020-nsaids?sectionId=8e340d53-4db5-45f1-8c68-a3172860499b

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

This episode of 15 on COVID-19 will explore the facts and myths related to the use of NSAIDs in COVID-19, and will attempt to explore the source of the confusion about whether or not it is safe to use NSAIDs in patients with COVID-19. We will perform an exhaustive review of the literature (trust us… it won’t take that long), and then review a series of events that lead up to some surprising recommendations from various health authorities around the world.

Expires: 3/27/21


APhA's 15 on COVID-19 03/30/2020 - ACE-I & ARBs – .25 CE Hours

American Pharmacists Association •  http://elearning.pharmacist.com/products/6034/15-on-covid-19-03-30-2020-ace-i-arbs?sectionId=968bdb16-508e-4b6a-8f28-ca7bdaed5491

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

Many patients have heard that ACE-inhibitors or ARBs may make COVID-19 disease worse, in the event of infection. They are asking their pharmacists and healthcare providers if it’s safe to stay on ACE-inhibitor or ARB therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Do you have the answers you need to answer patients’ questions? Join us for today’s episode of 15 on COVID-19 while we explore potential connections between ACE-inhibitor/ARB therapy and COVID-19 disease. As always, we’ll work to separate fact, hypothesis and fiction to help you navigate the ongoing flood of information about COVID-19.

Expires: 3/30/21


APhA's 15 on COVID-19 04/03/2020 - Remdesivir – .25 CE Hours

American Pharmacists Association •  http://elearning.pharmacist.com/products/6043/15-on-covid-19-04-03-2020?sectionId=b216c9dd-6d4f-4547-812c-0cdf396ced79

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

You have probably been hearing a lot about various potential treatment options for COVID-19 lately. One of the treatments that is mentioned frequently is remdesivir. Join us for today’s 15 on COVID—19 episode to learn more about remdesivir, it’s mechanism of action, as well as the data that are available to support its use in the treatment of COVID-19.

Expires: 4/03/21


APhA's 15 on COVID-19 for 4/06/2020 - IL-6 Antagonists – .25 CE Hours

American Pharmacists Association •  http://elearning.pharmacist.com/products/6054/15-on-covid-19-for-4-6-2020-il-6-antagonists?sectionId=fc25c4e7-f711-42ff-bd05-c28282c35827

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

Tocilizumab for COVID-19? Tocilizumab is a drug used to treat autoimmune disorders, and yet, people are now talking about using it to treat COVID-19. Does it seem like people are just trying anything and everything to treat COVID-19? It might sound strange, but there are some interesting connections between tocilizumab, advanced cancer therapies and COVID-19 disease. Join us for today’s 15 on COVID-19 episode as we take a deeper look at these connections and explore whether tocilizumab has any utility in patients with severe COVID-19 disease.

Expires: 4/06/21


APhA's 15 on COVID-19 for 4/10/2020 - Testing – .25 CE Hours

American Pharmacists Association •  http://elearning.pharmacist.com/products/6060/15-on-covid-19-for-4-10-2020-testing?sectionId=a564dc9e-c912-4240-922c-b16b8bde614a

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

We have been hearing about COVID-19 testing almost non-stop since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Recently, pharmacists were granted authority to administer COVID-19 tests. Join us for information about how these tests work and what some of the limitations of the different types of tests are.

Expires: 4/10/21


APhA’s 15 on COVID-19 for 7/24/2020 - mRNA Vaccines – .25 CE Hours

American Pharmacists Association • https://elearning.pharmacist.com/products/6160/15-on-covid-19-07-24-2020-mrna-vaccines

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

The number of COVID-19 cases is once again on the rise in the United States. As a result, in addition to enacting more stringent social distancing and masking guidelines, many are looking to COVID-19 vaccine developments with renewed interests. In today's 15 on COVID-19 episode, we will take a deeper look at mRNA vaccine technology, compare the advantages and disavantages of mRNA vaccines with traditional approaches to vaccine development, and finally, review recently released phase 1 trial data that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Expires: 7/24/21


Protect your Patients' Health: How the Entire Pharmacy Team Becomes Vaccine Advocates – 1 CE Hour

CEI • https://learn.ceimpact.com/library/group/14/course/414

Topic Designation: Immunizations

Being an advocate for vaccinating your patients should be a team effort at the community pharmacy. There are many ways pharmacy technicians can work in partnership with pharmacists as an integral part of the pharmacy’s workflow, interacting with patients. Participate in this course to learn more about the how your role as a pharmacy technician can support vaccine services in the community pharmacy setting and help protect the health of your patients.

Expires: 8/13/21


Augmenting Pain Therapy with Self-Massage – 2 CE Hours

Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC • https://www.powerpak.com/course/preamble/118644

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

This continuing education activity will introduce the concept of self-massage to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, focusing on types of pain most likely to respond to massage. It will discuss the history of massage and the evidence that supports its use in a variety of conditions. It will also discuss massage devices and counseling points that pharmacists can use when assisting patients.

Expires: 8/30/21


Product Quality Verification of Dietary Supplements – 1 CE Hour

ProCE • https://www.proce.com/activities/activity_detail?id=41

Topic Designation: Law (related to pharmacy practice)

Patients have thousands of dietary supplement options available to them in todays market. Many of these patients will ask you, their physician, physician assistant, local pharmacist, nurse provider or dietitian, for help in deciding if they need a dietary supplement and which one to purchase. This activity is designed to support your counseling efforts by examining dietary supplement regulation with specific emphasis on the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), describing voluntary quality verification programs, identifying counseling points for assisting patients, and discussing the adverse event reporting process.

Expires: 9/28/21


Perspectives Regarding the Use of Homeopathic Approaches for Managing Cough and Cold – .5 CE Hours

Pharmacy Times Continuing Education • https://www.pharmacytimes.org/on-demand/perspectives-regarding-the-use-of-homeopathic-approaches-for-managing-cough-and-cold-techs

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

Homeopathic remedies have been available for over 200 years and utilized to manage symptoms of common ailments such as cough and cold. Despite the longstanding practice of homeopathy, there exists considerable misunderstanding and uncertainty amongst healthcare providers. In recent years there has been an increased public interest in complementary and integrative medicine and pharmacists are likely to encounter patients seeking counseling regarding homeopathic products found in pharmacies. In this discussion, we address the misconceptions and present the available facts regarding homeopathic products, with a focus on cough and cold, so pharmacists can make educated and informed decisions in their practice.

Expires: 9/30/21


Addressing Cold and Flu Symptoms With OTC Options: An Evaluation of Homeopathic Approaches – 2.5 CE Hours

Pharmacy Times Continuing Education • https://www.pharmacytimes.org/on-demand/addressing-cold-and-flu-symptoms-with-otc-options-an-evaluation-of-homeopathic-approaches-techs

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine that has been practiced for over 200 years and continues to be used by about 2% of Americans. Many patients experiencing self-limiting illnesses such as the common cold seek over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for symptomatic relief, and pharmacists are likely to receive questions related to their selection and use. This activity will provide a review of the appropriate use of OTC products for self-care and the role of homeopathic remedies so that they may make informed decisions for their patients. Pharmacists will be able to participate in an interactive posttest simulating real patient cases.

Expires: 10/22/21


Exploring the Role of Natural Treatments in Wound Healing: An Update on Calendula – 2 CE Hours

Pharmacy Times Continuing Education • https://www.pharmacytimes.org/on-demand/exploring-the-role-of-natural-treatments-in-wound-healing-an-update-on-calendula-techs 

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

Pharmacists are frequently approached by patients with specific questions on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for dermatologic conditions, including homeopathic therapies. It is important for pharmacists to be able to answer patients’ questions and address their concerns appropriately. Most CAM products for wound healing are plant-based. Homeopathic therapies have been available and used for more than 200 years. They are founded on a system of medicine that consists of specific, highly diluted remedies, and can often be a challenging topic of discussion. This activity intends to bring awareness about the various types of CAM and homeopathic treatments available for wound healing, with a focus on calendula.

Expires: 11/15/21


Addressing Risk Associated with IV Push Medication Use in Adults – 1.5 CE Hours

ProCE • https://www.proce.com/activities/activity_detail?id=858

Topic Designation: Patient Safety

While much emphasis has been placed on the improvement of IV infusion safety, there remains limited published information on safe practices associated with IV push injection safety. Recent ISMP insight has revealed significant risk associated with the preparation and administration of IV push medications. At this symposium, experts will address the variability of practice with IV push medication use, including unnecessary unit-based preparation and dilution and unsafe injection practices, highlighting strategies necessary for the mitigation of risk. A new gap analysis tool will be presented that can be used by organizations to align best practices.

Expires: 2/15/22


Technician Integration in Pharmacy-Based Immunization Services (Home Study) – 1 CE Hour

American Pharmacists Association • http://elearning.pharmacist.com/products/5704/technician-integration-in-pharmacy-based-immunization-services-home-study

Topic Designation: Immunizations

Explain the need for pharmacy technicians to support pharmacy-based immunization services. Describe activities that pharmacy technicians can perform in support of immunization services. 

Expires: 8/15/22


Bipolar Disorder: Using Drugs We are More Comfortable With – .25 CE Hours

PharmCon • https://www.freece.com/Home/CECatalogDetails/cc5b7a0a-689a-403f-81c0-663f61fc01d0

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

In this micro-learning session, the role of anti-epileptic drugs is explored for the treatment of bipolar disease. Special patient counseling considerations are highlighted, along with major clinical monitoring requirements for these agents.

Expires: 8/21/22


Discussion of Selected Antidepressants – .25 CE Hours

PharmCon • https://www.freece.com/Home/CECatalogDetails/4db35cd9-b429-43b7-b9d1-1aa3c20f6bf2

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

In this micro-learning session, antidepressants vortioxetine, vilazodone, esketamine, and St. Johns Wort are examined for their roles in the management of depression. Special emphasis is placed on special clinical considerations and patient counseling points for these medications.

Expires: 8/21/22


Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors Were the First Antidepressants; Still Used Today! – .25 CE Hours

PharmCon • https://www.freece.com/Home/CECatalogDetails/c4a19a64-8bf4-410b-ada3-22ada8d0d82a

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

In this micro-learning session, the role of monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) is explored as an option in the management of depression. The session places emphasis on the special monitoring parameters and patient counseling considerations with this group of drugs.

Expires: 8/21/22


Older Antidepressants with Unique Mechanisms of Action are Still Frequently Used! – .25 CE Hours

PharmCon •  https://www.freece.com/Home/CECatalogDetails/29ce97ff-9d30-43f7-89b0-d04db8cf7bbd

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

In this micro-learning session, the role of legend antidepressant drugs trazodone, bupropion, and mirtazapine are examined. Emphasis is placed on special clinical considerations and patient counseling points for these medications.

Expires: 8/21/22


Ready to Start Behavioral Health? – .25 CE Hours

PharmCon • https://www.freece.com/Home/CECatalogDetails/6824323e-c742-4d00-87f4-9d5e8c66112c

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

In this micro-learning session, the basic role of neurotransmitters is examined within the context of mental health. The goal for this session is to create a foundation for future sessions that will explore the clinical significance of these neurotransmitters.

Expires: 8/21/22


SNRIs: A Much Broader Spectrum of Indications than SSRIs – .25 CE Hours

PharmCon • https://www.freece.com/Home/CECatalogDetails/bbfef500-0066-4083-a58e-f426e29df0b1

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

In this micro-learning session, the various indications for SNRIs is examined. Agents are compared and contrasted, with an emphasis on the most significant patient counseling points.

Expires: 8/21/22


SSRIs: Seems Like Everyone Gets Them! Let’s Cover the Differences – .25 CE Hours

PharmCon • https://www.freece.com/Home/CECatalogDetails/5468c6dc-5a89-4dfc-a55c-4cbb98811a1c

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

In this micro-learning session, the role of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is examined for the treatment of depression. SSRIs are compared and contrasted, with focused attention on pertinent patient counseling points.

Expires: 8/21/22


The Use of Lithium for the Treatment of Bipolar Disease – .25 CE Hours

PharmCon • https://www.freece.com/Home/CECatalogDetails/2cb8f15f-90e5-4add-9e67-1a9930974d58

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

In this micro-learning session, the role of lithium is examined for its use in the treatment of bipolar disease. Special clinical concerns are emphasized, along with appropriate monitoring needs.

Expires: 8/21/22


Switching Methods for Antidepressant Therapy – .25 CE Hours

PharmCon • https://www.freece.com/Home/CECatalogDetails/c3686133-fcb1-46a2-8881-4edcf6f1eb30

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

In this micro-learning session, considerations are explored when therapeutic changes are being made both within an antidepressant class and between classes. The role of weight gain and pregnancy are explored as it relates to the management of depression.

Expires: 8/28/22


Continuing Our Journey Through Mental Health Medications – .25 CE Hours

PharmCon • https://www.freece.com/Home/CECatalogDetails/0281b1d0-1573-45ba-967d-6378a28743bb

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

In this micro-learning session, the role of antipsychotics is discussed for the management of schizophrenia. Emphasis is placed on mechanism of action as it relates to the management of this disease.

Expires: 9/6/22


Atypically, We Use These TYPICAL Antipsychotics – .25 CE Hours

PharmCon • https://www.freece.com/Home/CECatalogDetails/1e757be2-0758-4203-b74f-d415a227b8ac

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

In this micro-learning session, the role of typical antipsychotics is examined. Emphasis is placed on special clinical considerations and patient counseling points for these medications.

Expires: 9/17/22


Hypoglycemia in the Elderly Patient with Diabetes - A Vulnerable Population Full of Complexities – 2 CE Hours

PharmCon • https://www.freece.com/Home/CECatalogDetails/18dd89de-fdc2-418d-8573-03a2e5b1546b

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

This program offers a comprehensive approach to safely and effectively managing diabetes among older adults. Practical and evidence-based guidance is provided to guide individualization of therapy with a focus on patient-centeredness. The program reviews the scope of hypoglycemia and associated risks among older diabetics. An emphasis is placed on identifying modifiable hypoglycemic risk factors and constructive strategies are provided to assist the care team in developing patient-centered regimens.

Expires: 11/25/22


Your Annual Immunization Update: What’s New and What’s to Come – 2 CE Hours

American Pharmacists Association • https://elearning.pharmacist.com/products/6119/your-annual-immunization-update-whats-new-and-whats-to-come

Topic Designation: Immunizations

The practice of immunization evolves constantly — requiring pharmacists to keep up. Attend this session to navigate the latest in immunizations with two leading experts in pharmacy-based immunization delivery. You’ll also discuss what’s on the horizon. Whether you’re an experienced or novice pharmacist immunizer, you’ll find value in this presentation.

Expires: 3/22/23


COVID19: Essential Information for the Pharmacy Technician – 1 CE Hour

National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) • http://pharmacytechnician.org/en/users/login.asp?/en/courses/view.asp?courseid=427&fbclid=IwAR29P4_47vF0tEDmXn4o4AjY82-PfzBhrrJt5y6VBNaULhHmYWs6Z1dw3Mw

Topic Designation: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

Create a free account with NPTA and participate in this 1-hour, on-demand global CE Webinar regarding COVID-19, exclusively for pharmacy technicians. Mike Johnston, CPhT, covers key clinical information pertaining to COVID-19, key recommendations from FIP, WHO and CDC for pharmacy staff and key medicines being used in the treatment of COVID-19. 

Expires: 3/29/23


June 2020 ACIP Immunization Update – 1 CE Hour

American Pharmacists Association • https://elearning.pharmacist.com/products/6152/june-2020-acip-immunization-update

Topic Designation: Immunizations

Are you an immunizing pharmacist or student pharmacist looking for current information pertaining to immunization schedules, newly licensed vaccines, and emerging vaccine technologies? The speaker for this webinar is APhA’s liaison member to the ACIP and will present the latest information from the June 2020 ACIP Meeting. Pharmacists are encouraged to attend this education event to stay abreast of recent immunization recommendations that may have a significant impact on your practice and continuing education.

Expires: 7/16/23