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Frequently Asked Questions for Pharmacists on Internet Continuing Education

Q. May I acquire “contact-hour” continuing education over the Internet?

A. Rule .2201(c) provides:

(c) All continuing education shall be obtained from a provider approved by the Board. In order to receive credit, continuing education courses shall have the purpose of increasing the participant's professional competence and proficiency as a pharmacist. At least five hours of the continuing education credits must be obtained through contact programs in any calendar year. Contact programs are those programs in which there is an opportunity for live two-way communication between the presenter and attendee.

The consensus of the Board is that so long as an Internet-based program provides an “opportunity for live two-way communication between the presenter and attendee,” it may count toward satisfying the contact-hour continuing education requirement.

The Board notes that ACPE-approved continuing education courses that are considered “live” so indicate in the course number. For example:

The Elements Necessary to Successfully Prove a Malpractice Case Against a Pharmacist
1.0 hours of continuing education credit (0.10 CEUs)
ACPE #: 312-000-06-011-L03

The underlined “L” designation for this online program indicates that this is a live program, and the Board will accept such programs as counting toward the contact-hour requirement.


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