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Frequently Asked Questions for Pharmacists on Continuing Education

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Q:  What are the CE requirements for Pharmacists?

A:  All Pharmacists are required to have, at minimum, a total of 15 hours to renew every year.  Eight (8) of those hours have to be LIVE hours and the remainder hours can be either Live or Correspondence.

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CARRY OVER HOURS

Q:  What are carry over hours?

A:  Carry over hours are surplus CE hours that may be carried over to the next year’s renewal.

 

Q:  How do the carry over hours work?

A:  When you renew your license, the program will automatically carry over the additional hours. Pharmacists are allowed to carry over a maximum of 5 extra hours of CE.

 

Q:  What CE hours qualify as carry over hours?

A:  The carry over hours are chosen at random, and live hours are carried over first, followed by correspondence hours.  Carry over hours are automatically calculated by the program.  Make sure to enter in all your hours before you renew, so that the program will carry over the correct number of extra hours.  

 

Q:  How are carry over hours identified on my CE Profile?

A:  A check mark in the CARRY OVER column will denote carry over hours.

 

Q:  How long must I maintain my CE certificates?

A:  All Pharmacists must maintain their CE certificates for a period of 3 years at home or at work.

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ENTERING ACPE COURSES

Q: Is there a maximum or minimum amount of ACPE credit required for annual renewal?

A: No. 

 

Q:  How do I know that an ACPE course counts for Live hours?

A:  Live hours are denoted by an “L” in the ACPE number.

 

Q:  How do I know that an ACPE course counts for Correspondence hours?

A:  Correspondence hours are denoted by an “H” in the ACPE number.

 

Q:  How do I enter an ACPE number with a “C” in it?

A:  Please contact Debbie Stump at the Board office.

 

Q:  Does the Board accept Live CE over the Internet?

A:  Yes.  The Internet based program needs to provide an “opportunity for live two-way communication between the presenter and attendee” in order to be considered Live.

 

Q:  I get an error message when entering my ACPE number on the Board website.  What do I do?

A:  Make sure the ACPE number is entered exactly as one of the two examples presented.

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ENTERING NON-ACPE COURSES

Q:  How do I enter CE that was approved by the NC Board of Pharmacy (Non-ACPE, Non-NCAP)?

A:  On the CE page, under COURE TYPE choose OTHER.  Then, under COURSE NAME click the drop down box to display an alphabetical list of courses and scroll down to choose the name of your course.  The course number and hours will populate automatically.  Then click ADD.

 

Q:  Can I receive any CE credit for volunteer work at a free or charitable clinic?

A:  Yes.  The Board does accept one (1) live hour of CE credit for every three (3) hours of volunteer practice at free clinics, with a maximum of five (5) live hours per year.

 

Q:  How do I list AHEC, Health Related Courses, and Volunteer work at Free Clinics?

A:  On the CE page, under COURSE TYPE choose EXEMPT.  Then, under COURSE NAME click the drop down box to display several options.  Once you’ve chosen your option, the course number will populate automatically, but you will need to enter in the date of the course as well as the number of hours.  Then click ADD.

 

Q:  Can other continuing education count towards my pharmacist renewal?

A:  Yes, we accept Dental CE, Medical CE, Nursing CE and Veterinarian CE.  On the CE page, under COURSE TYPE choose EXEMPT.  Then, under COURSE NAME click the drop down box to display several options.  Once you’ve chose your option, the course number will populate automatically, but you will need to enter in the date of the course as well as the number of hours.  Then click ADD.

 

Q:  How many CE hours will I receive for attending a Board Meeting?

A:  Pharmacists may record 1 Live hour of CE per renewal year for attending a Board meeting.  On the CE page, under COURSE TYPE choose OTHER.  Then, under COURSE NAME click the drop down box to display an alphabetical list of courses and scroll down to choose ATTENDANCE AT NC BOARD OF PHARMACY MEETING.  The course number and hour will populate automatically.  Then click ADD.

 

Q:  I am taking a Spanish language course in order to better communicate with my Spanish-speaking customers. Would this count as CE?

A:  Yes.  On the CE page, under COURSE TYPE choose OTHER.  Then, under COURSE NAME click the drop down box to display an alphabetical list of courses and scroll down to SPANISH and choose the course you attended.  The course number and hour(s) will populate automatically.  Then click ADD.

 

Q:  Can a pharmacist receive live CE credit for serving as a preceptor?

A:  Yes. A pharmacist who instructs a student for at least 400 hours can receive five (5) live hours of continuing education. Pharmacists should be aware that the hours of credit cannot be split among several students; one student must receive at least 400 hours of instruction in order for the pharmacist to receive credit. Only five (5) hours per year can be awarded per pharmacist, regardless of how many students he/she may precept in a given year.

Pharmacists may also receive continuing education credit for serving as a preceptor through one of the North Carolina pharmacy school programs. Pharmacists who serve as a preceptor for a minimum of 160 hours may receive 5 hours of continuing education per year.

 

Q:  What are the CE requirements for Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners (CPPs)?

A:  By law, CPPs must obtain 35 hours of continuing education per year. The 15 hours (8 hours live) needed for renewal of a pharmacy license count toward this amount, so CPPs need an additional 20 hours of CE (live or correspondence) per year to maintain that credential.

CPP credentials are renewed annually on the CPP's birthday. So, in counting CE hours, CPPs should make sure that they acquire the necessary number in a birthday-year cycle. A CPP’s license to practice pharmacy is still renewed on a calendar-year basis.

In the first credentialed year for a CPP, the amount of CE required for renewal of the CPP credential is “pro-rated” monthly. For example, a CPP receiving initial credentialing six months before his/her next birthday would need 18 hours of CE [(35 hours of CE/12 months) x 6 months = 17.5 hours, rounded up to 18 hours]. A CPP receiving initial credentialing 2 months before his/her next birthday would need 6 hours of CE [(35 hours of CE/12 months x 2 months = 5.83 hours, rounded up to 6 hours].

 

Q:  Are there any teaching tools on medication safety for pharmacists?

A:  Yes. ASHP has developed a new educational program to teach RPhs, MDs, and RNs to develop logical and safe thought processes in the execution of responsibilities in the medication-use system.

A committee developed the program titled: "Incorporating Safe Medication Principles into Daily Practice: Teaching Tool for Healthcare Practitioners." It is available at http://symposia.ashp.org/medsafety/

 

Q:  Where can I find more information on Continuing Professional Development?

A:  Please visit http://www.ncbop.org/CPD.htm.

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IMMUNIZATION CERTIFICATION

Q:  How many hours of Immunization-related CE do I need to maintain my Immunization Certification?

A:  You need 3 hours every 2 years to maintain your Immunization Certification.

 

Q:  Do those hours need to be Live?

A:  No.  The hours can be either live or correspondence.

              

Q:  Can those hours count toward my 15 hours of required CE?

A:  Yes.

 

Q:  Can the 3 hours of CPR count as the 3 hours of immunization related CE?

A:   No.  Maintenance of CPR certification is a stand-alone requirement under the vaccination rule.

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MISCELLANEOUS

Q:  What are the CE requirements for Pharmacists?

A:  All Pharmacists are required to have, at minimum, a total of 15 hours to renew every year.  Eight (8) of those hours have to be LIVE hours and the remainder hours can be either Live or Correspondence.


Q: How do I obtain accreditation for my organization’s CE program?

A: Any pharmacist or organization in need of approval of a CE program may contact NCAP (NC Association of Pharmacists).  Information about NCAP accreditation services may be found here: http://www.ncpharmacists.org/?page=CEtrainingCE

 

Q: Is there a way to export my CPE listed classes to the NCBOP’s website or do I still need to manually enter each class as in the past?

A: For the 2014 renewal period, all continuing education will still need to be entered manually on the NCBOP website as in the past.

 

Q:  If my CE certificate says that my hours are CONTACT hours, does that mean the hours will be considered LIVE?

A:  Not necessarily, check your ACPE number.  All LIVE hours are denoted by an “L” in the ACPE number.

 

Q:  How do I delete a CE course that I entered incorrectly?

A:  Click the red “X” to delete a course.

 

Q:  How do I find the total number of CE that I have on my CE profile?

A:  The CE hours are calculated at the bottom of each page.  Add all the pages to obtain the total number of CE hours.

 

Q:  Is there a grace period for renewal and earning CE?

A:  Yes, there is a 60 day grace period after the December 31st deadline.  You may continue to earn CE for your renewal and renew during that time with no penalty.

 

Q:  Are pharmacists who were licensed by EXAM required to have CE for their 1st Renewal?

A:  No.

 

Q:  Are pharmacists who were licensed by RECIPROCITY required to have CE for their 1st renewal?

A:  Yes.

 

Q:  What are the CE Requirements if I am residing in another country and how do I enter them?

A:  If you are residing in another country, all CE hours may be correspondence. On the CE page, under COURSE TYPE choose OTHER.  Then, under COURSE NAME click the drop down box to display an alphabetical list of courses and scroll down to choose REGISTERED IN NC/RESIDING OUTSIDE OF THE US.  Then click ADD and it will automatically populate with 15 live hours allowing you to renew.  Make sure to save all your certificates in case of an audit.

 

Q:  How do I enter my CE if I am deployed overseas?

A:  On the CE page, under COURSE TYPE choose OTHER.  Then, under COURSE NAME click the drop down box to display an alphabetical list of courses and scroll down to choose OVERSEAS MILITARY DEPLOYMENT.  The course number and 15 live hours will populate automatically.  Then click ADD. 

 

Q:  If I am licensed, practicing, and residing in another state, may I meet that state’s continuing education requirements?

A:  Yes.  On your CE page, under COURSE TYPE choose OTHER.  Then, under COURSE NAME click the drop down box to display an alphabetical list of courses and scroll down to choose PRACTICING PHARMACY & MEETING CE IN ANOTHER STATE.  The course number and 15 live hours will populate automatically.  Then, click ADD.


 

 

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