CONTINUING EDUCATION ACCREDITATION
Activities offered by MPA are accredited through the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for pharmacist and pharmacy technician continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit.
REQUIRED CONTINUING EDUCATION
Continuing education requirements for licensed Michigan pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are indicated below.
Pharmacists are required to earn (inclusive of the 30 hours normally earned in a licensure period):
- 10 hours of live CPE credit
- One hour of pain and symptom management CPE credit
- On Dec. 22, 2020, new continuing education board of pharmacy rules were approved. According to R 338.3041, pharmacists renewing their license after Dec, 30, 2020, are required to complete at least one hour of continuing education in pharmacy ethics and jurisprudence. According to LARA, this requirement is to be met by the time an applicant files for renewal in their first full cycle. For example, a pharmacist filing for renewal in 2021 will not be required to obtain the ethics and jurisprudence CE until their next renewal cycle in 2023.
Pharmacy technicians are required to earn (inclusive of the 20 hours normally earned in a licensure period):
- Five hours of live CPE credit
- One hour of patient safety CPE credit
- One hour of pharmacy law CPE credit
- One hour of pain and symptom management CPE credit
Individuals seeking a controlled substance license or who is licensed to prescribe or dispense controlled substances shall complete a one-time training in opioids and controlled substances awareness. This new requirement applies to controlled substance license renewals beginning with the first renewal cycle after the promulgation of this rule and for initial licenses issued after September 1, 2019. Additionally, according to state law, both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must complete a one-time course on identifying victims of human trafficking. The opioid and identifying victims of human trafficking training courses do not have to be accredited for continuing education credit, but all applicants for renewal must receive a certificate of completion from the courses. Certificates of completion can be requested by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs when processing a licensee’s renewal application.
In order to bill for medication therapy management (MTM) services for Medicaid beneficiaries, pharmacists must have successfully completed MTM program(s) approved by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education. State regulations mandate that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians cannot earn more than 12 hours of CPE credit in a 24-hour period of time.
When determining if you’ve participated in programs meeting licensure requirements, pay attention to the ACPE Universal Activity Number. Below are example ACPE University Activity Numbers with tips on how to decipher these numbers.
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The profession of pharmacy has moved in a direction that focuses on continuous professional development (CPD) for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. MPA plays a critical role in CPD and aims to provide continuing education programs that support the continued development of pharmacy professionals and enhance competency.
Educational activities are structured to meet knowledge- and application-based educational needs. A knowledge-based activity acquires factual knowledge. An application-based activity applies to information learned in the timeframe allotted. Information in knowledge- and application-type activities is based on evidence as accepted in the literature by the healthcare professions. CPE credit will be earned based on participation in individually accredited activities. Attendance and participation are required before obtaining PCE credit. Any individual who is more than 10 minutes late to an activity or leaves an activity early will not be granted PCE credit. This procedure will be strictly enforced, so please plan accordingly. CPE Monitor is a national, collaborative effort by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to provide an electronic system for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed CPE credits. To obtain your e-Profile ID, visit MyCPEMonitor.net. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians earning continuing education credit at the Convention and meeting all requirements will be able to view a comprehensive list of the ACPE-accredited activities they have taken on their CPE Monitor account.
MPA reserves the right to revoke continuing education credit for individuals who have not paid the registration rate in full or to participants who claim to have attended programs on days for which they were not registered. Partial credit will not be awarded.
DID YOU KNOW? FACTS ABOUT CPE MONITOR
Did you know the following facts about CPE Monitor, a national, collaborative effort by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)?
CPE Monitor is an electronic system for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit.
As an ACPE-accredited provider, Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) is required to report CPE credit using this tracking system.
CPE Monitor is available in the free, standard version that provides online access to their inventory of completed credits and will allow pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to easily monitor their compliance with CPE requirements. CPE Monitor Plus, an upgraded subscription service, also removes the manual steps of totaling CPE credits and cross-checking them against multiple state requirements, which is beneficial for individuals tracking more than one license in CPE Monitor.
With the standard CPE Monitor, ACPE-accredited educational activities can only be submitted to participant CPE Monitor records by accredited providers, such as MPA. However, individuals who upgrade to CPE Monitor Plus can independently upload non-ACPE accredited activities to their CPE Monitor record. Learn more about CPE Monitor Plus at https://nabp.pharmacy/cpe-monitor-service/plans/#cpe-monitor-plus.
Participants can obtain electronic statements of credit by accessing their CPE Monitor record. Due to the ease of printing statements of credit through CPE Monitor, participants who wish to keep paper statements for their files or get audited by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs should utilize this useful option.
Requirements for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
To receive CPE credit for any MPA activity, participants must register for CPE Monitor at www.MyCPEMonitor.net, where a unique e-Profile identification number will be issued.
Your e-Profile identification number and date of birth (month and day only, in MMDD format) must be provided to MPA for every activity.
Participants should not confuse their licensure, NPI or certification numbers with their NABP e-Profile identification number.
CPE credit will be processed approximately three weeks after program evaluations and posttests has closed to participants, which will be two weeks following the event date.
ACPE guidelines prohibit MPA from issuing credit more than 60 days after the activity for any reason; therefore, to avoid denial of credit, it is imperative that participants complete program evaluations and posttests by the specified deadline.
Who to Contact for More Information About CPE Monitor
To register for CPE Monitor, go to www.MyCPEMonitor.net.
For questions about your CPE Monitor account or e-Profile identification number, refer to the NABP Web site at www.NABP.net; contact NABP Customer Service via e-mail at custserv@NABP.net; or call (847) 391-4406.