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.


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.


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: Certification in Sterile Products
September 11, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Samford University College of Health Sciences, Room 1351

Approved by the Alabama Board of Pharmacy, this is an application-based CPE activity and appropriate for all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

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Continuing Education: Consultant Pharmacist Program
September 27, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Samford University, Cooney Hall, Regions Community Room

This program is approved by the Alabama Board of Pharmacy to provide initial and renewal consultant pharmacist certification. There will be 4, 6, and 10 hour options.

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Continuing Education: Medication Safety for the Pharmacy Technician
October 11, 1 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Samford University College of Health Sciences, Room 1409

The purpose of this activity is to review general medication safety concepts and then provide pharmacy technicians with tools and resources to identify potentially dangerous situations, alert other pharmacy personnel, and develop and implement solutions to optimize medication outcomes.

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Continuing Education: Homecoming Event
November 14, 9 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Samford University College of Health Sciences, Room 1409

Details are forthcoming related to the program's topic and speaker. 

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Continuing Education: New Drug Update
December 6, 1 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Samford University, Cooney Hall, Regions Community Room

The purpose of this knowledge-based activity is to educate pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on some of the new drugs of 2020. This continuing education program is approved for both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

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CPR Certification

Samford University provides CPR certification and recertification, which helps you keep your APhA Immunization Certificate current. Call 205-726-2722 to schedule CPR certification for you and your staff.

Free online home study CE for non-live CE credit

Thank you for your interest in utilizing our home study CE modules to complete your licensing requirements. Please select a module you wish to complete and please also complete the post-test and program evaluation after completely reading or watching the module (for video content). If you wish to learn more about a particular topic, please let us know by suggesting that topic via the electronic form located to the right of this page. All programs offered by the Samford University Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education are accredited by ACPE and the programs below count toward non-live CE credit for pharmacists or technicians.

Available programming for pharmacists

Information for new home study programming coming soon.

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:  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.