The University of Texas College of Pharmacy currently offers three methods by which to earn continuing education:
Live Programs – This type of program involves coming to a specific site for a set number of hours to listen to a series of speakers on predetermined topics. Participants are required to fill out a program evaluation form and attend all portions of the program for which they would like to receive continuing education credit. Please see the Live Programs section for more specifics on the programs we offer.
Home Study Courses – The objective of these courses is to update pharmacists’ knowledge of current concepts in pharmacy at their own pace, without having to attend a live event. Each course consists of written material covering a given subject, along with a post-test. Some home study courses also include an audio and/or a visual aid. See specific course descriptions for details.
Certificate Course – The College offers one certificate program and it is in diabetes disease state management. Please call Jennifer Bosworth at 512-471-4512 for more information.
How many hours of CE do I need to maintain my license?
The amount of continuing education (CE) hours required to renew a Texas pharmacist license is 30 every two years.
If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please refer to the TSBP web site.
How do I know if a CE program is ACPE-accredited?
To determine if a program is accredited by ACPE, look for the ACPE logo and a fourteen digit program number on information brochures regarding the program. If the program number is followed by a “P”, it is accredited for pharmacists. If the program number is followed by a “T”, it is approved for Technicians.
Do I need a specific type of CE credit each year to maintain my license in Texas?
All 30 hours of CE must be ACPE-accredited, but it is not required that the CE be topic specific, such as AIDS-related, or medium specific shuch as live or home study.
What should I do with the CE certificate that I receive?
You should keep the certificate in your records at home. However, if you should misplace it, the accredited body that you received your certificate from is required to maintain those records for five years.
Are all the programs offered by The University of Texas College of Pharmacy approved for CE credit in Texas?
Yes. In addition, all the programs offered are accredited by The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
What does ACPE-accredited CE mean to me?
ACPE is the national accrediting agency for pharmacy continuing education. ACPE assures the quality of continuing pharmacy education programs by evaluating the providers of CE and by monitoring the quality of their educational activities. ACPE also provides a basis for uniform acceptance of CE credits among the states. For maintaining a Texas pharmacy license, all 30 hours of continuing education credit must be provided by an ACPE-approved provider. The University of Texas College of Pharmacy is an ACPE-approved provider.
What is Continuing Professional Development?
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an approach to lifelong learning being discussed as a potential model for pharmacists in the United States. CPD does not replace continuing education (CE), but CE will be an essential component of CPD. Its purpose is to ensure that pharmacists maintain their knowledge, skills, and competencies to practice throughout their careers in their specific area of practice, to improve the pharmacist’s personal performance, and ultimately to improve patient and public health outcomes.
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If you have additional questions, please call The University of Texas College of Pharmacy, Continuing Education Office at 512-471-6213 or the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, Compliance Division, 512-305-8000.