For any pharmacist or pharmacy technician, continuing education is an important aspect of professional development.  At the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, we offer a wide variety of continuing education activities to equip pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with the information and skills to meet the needs of patient care and contemporary pharmacy practice.

Mission

The Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education seeks to provide high-quality professional development activities that address the challenges of contemporary healthcare practice and enable pharmacists and technicians to serve the healthcare needs of patients and society through the profession of pharmacy.

Accreditation

ace logo  Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 

Upcoming Programs

Continuing Education: Medication Safety for the Pharmacy Technician
October 17, 1 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Samford University College of Health Sciences

Medication errors continue to be a major problem in the U.S. health care system, and account for 7,000-9,000 deaths in the U.S. every year. The purpose of this activity is to provide pharmacy technicians with tools to help minimize medication errors particularly those associated with pharmacy compounding. This is a knowledge-based continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activity approved for 2 live contact hours (0.2 CEUs).

Continuing Education: Homecoming CE
November 6, 9 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Samford University, College of Health Sciences

It is critical that pharmacists understand the latest pharmacological treatments for DM as they are the health practitioners most likely to interact with patients on a routine basis. The purpose of this program is to give pharmacists a comprehensive review of the management of Type 2 DM.  This is a knowledge-based continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activity approved for 2 live contact hours (0.2 CEUs).

Continuing Education: New Drug Update
December 5, 1 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Samford University College of Health Sciences

Save the date for our annual New Drug Update continuing education event. The purpose of this knowledge-based activity is to educate pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on some of the most recently approved drugs.

 

Sterile Product Training Offerings

The Alabama Board of Pharmacy (ALBOP) recently amended the requirements for sterile compounding certification of parenteral pharmacists (see here for updated 680-X-2-.19Parenteral Sterile Therapy” of the Practice of Pharmacy Act).  With this amendment, pharmacists who have not previously completed a certifying course will now be required to undergo eight (8) hours of initial training in sterile compounding, including didactic and hands on training.  Further, all pharmacists previously approved by the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy as sterile compounding pharmacists (i.e., previously completed a certifying course) must successfully complete two (2) continuing education hours approved by the Board including didactic and hands on training each renewal cycle.   

Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy Continuing Education Office has updated our sterile product training offerings to meet the new requirements.  New course offerings are below. 

  • For pharmacists who need to complete initial sterile product training, you can register for the “Principles of Aseptic Compounding” course which will provide six (6) non-live hours of asynchronous, didactic training.  Registrants of this course will automatically be registered in “Application of the Principles of Aseptic Compounding” which will provide two (2) live hours of additional didactic and hands on training to complete the necessary hours for initial recognition as a sterile compounding pharmacist. 
  •  For pharmacists currently recognized as sterile compounding pharmacists, “Application of the Principles of Aseptic Compounding” is also recognized as a renewal course. For pharmacists wishing to meet the new requirement for renewal, simply register for the “Application of the Principles of Aseptic Compounding” course.

These courses are also offered to pharmacy technicians wishing to increase their proficiency in sterile compounding.

Initial Training (For Pharmacists Requiring Initial Certification as a Parenteral Pharmacist)

Principles of Aseptic Compounding

This event will be delivered as asynchronous content in the Samford University Canvas Connect Learning Management System, and participants will receive six (6) hours (0.6 CEUs) of non-live, CPE credit upon successful completion.

Application of the Principles of Aseptic Compounding

Participants will receive 2 hours (0.2 CEUs) of live, CPE credit upon successful completion. Participants who are pursuing certification and enrolled in Principles of Aseptic Processing are automatically enrolled in this activity. Dates available: Oct. 23 from 9-11 a.m. or 12-2 p.m. CST.

 Renewal Training (For Pharmacists Already Registered as a Parenteral Pharmacist)

Application of the Principles of Aseptic Compounding

Participants will receive 2 hours (0.2 CEUs) of live, CPE credit upon successful completion. Participants who are pursuing certification and enrolled in Principles of Aseptic Processing are automatically enrolled in this activity. 

Additionally, pharmacists performing high risk sterile compounding shall complete an additional four (4) hour board approved high risk program. 

High Risk Compounding

Participants will receive 4 hours (0.4 CEUs) of live, CPE credit upon successful completion. 

CPE Monitor Process

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) have together developed new software which will track all attendance or completion of ACPE approved CE courses.  The first step for the pharmacist or technician is to create a CE account and acquire a new ACPE ID number. To do this, follow these steps: 

  • You must have an email address.  If you do not have one, there are a number of free email services online. 
  • Go to: www.nabp.net/programs.  The page will open to CPE Monitor Service. 
  • After a few paragraphs about CPE monitor service, there is a link that reads, Set up your NABP e-Profile to obtain your ID.  Click on this link.
  • The next page allows you to log in if you are a member already, or you may select New User Registration. Selecting this will take you to a page that asks for a number of information items. 
  • Complete the information and at the bottom and enter the password of your choice.
  • The next page will ask you for your state and license number. You have the option to Add Another for additional states.
  • The last page allows you to review your states and licenses or your personal information and password.
  • Logout 
  • You will receive an email with your new CPE Monitor ID#.  Save this! You will need it for every CE activity. 

In obtaining your ID number, you also set up a CE account.  You may go online at any time and see the CE programs and hours that you have completed. 

In the future, any ACPE CE activity you complete/attend will require your CPE Monitor ID#.  You will also have to give the month and day of your birth date, MM/DD, not the year.  The people presenting the activity will record your number in the ACPE database, and your account will be updated showing your new CE hours. You will no longer receive paper CE hour statements. 

At the conclusion of each year, ACPE/NABP will send to the state board of pharmacy a report of all CE hours acquired by all pharmacists and all technicians in the state.  You will no longer have to keep up with CE hour statements; nor can you be short on CE hours and hope you won't be audited by the board of pharmacy. 

Additional Information

Refund Policy: No refunds will be given for program registration fees if the request falls within 48 hours of the scheduled event.