Continuing Education

For any pharmacist or pharmacy technician, continuing education is an important aspect of career 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 Live CE Sessions

*Important update (11/16/2017) - The end-of-year online CE programs have been canceled for 2017.  The last CE offering by the Samford Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education for the 2017 calendar year is Sunday December 3, 2017.  CE dates for 2018 will be added soon.  

Live Programming

(Click on "recurring programming" tab to see our upcoming APhA and sterile products certification program offerings)

Sunday December 3, 2017

2017 State Board of Pharmacy Update

Program Information

Registration - Registration Open

Save the Date for these upcoming programs in 2018!

Sterile Products Certification - January 19, 2018  

Please click on recurring programming tab for more information.

Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery Certificate (APhA program) - January 20, 2018

Please click on recurring programming tab for more information.

Preceptor CE Program - January 28, 2018

Registration coming soon!

Recurring Programming and Certificates - (Pre-registration required)*

APhA Certificate Programs

*All APhA certificate programs are required to have a minimum enrollment size of 30 learners.  We reserve the right to reschedule APhA certificate programs that do not meet this enrollment size.

Please contact Dr. Hughes ( with any APhA certificate program questions or to express interest.   We can schedule additional programming if interest/demand is sufficient.

APhA Certificate Training Programs scheduled for 2018

(Last updated November, 16, 2017)

Saturday January 20, 2018

APhA's Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery (14th ed.) -- See information below about optional CPR training associated with this event*

*You must have active basic life support certification for the immunization certificate to remain in force.

Program Information

Registration Opening November 27, 2017

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

Friday January 19, 2018

Sterile Products Training (approved for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians)

This program is an Alabama Board of Pharmacy-approved sterile products certification course.

Program Information

Registration is full for this program.  (last updated November 20, 2017)

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:

Please vist our website soon for new home study programming.

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. 
Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education Policy and Procedure Document (password required)
Location and Parking for Pharmacy CE events at McWhorter School of Pharmacy (College of Health Sciences campus)
Parking directions for CE events at Brock School of Business
Pharmacy CPE Joint-Providership Guidelines and Application Form
CPE Monitor
Alabama Board of Pharmacy