MPA | Continuing Education Requirements

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.

Updated 5/7/21

PHARMACISTS

  • 10 live hours of the 30 required hours is necessary every renewal 
  • Pain and Symptom Management - One hour of the 30 required hours is necessary every renewal - Click here to search for home studies created for pharmacists and technicians that meet this requirement.
  • Ethics and Jurisprudence - One hour of the 30 required hours is necessary every renewal - Click here for a home study that was created for pharmacists to meet this requirement.
    • One hour of Ethics and Jurisprudence is required for licensure for anyone who is renewing their license this year. The new Pharmacy General rules that went into effect in December 2020 state “(i) An applicant for license renewal shall complete at least 1 hour of the 30 required hours of continuing education in pharmacy ethics and jurisprudence". This applies to renewals after Dec. 30, 2020.
  • Human Trafficking - A one-time course is requiredClick here for a home study that was created for pharmacists and technicians to meet this requirement.
    • In December 2020, new pharmacy general rules went into effect. These rules state “(3) Pursuant to section 16148 of the code, MCL 333.16148, the requirements specified in subrule (1) of this rule apply for license renewals beginning Jan. 1, 2020, and for initial licenses issued after Nov. 13, 2022.” MPA has confirmed with the Bureau of Professional Licensing within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) that a pharmacist only needs to take a Human Trafficking CE once in order to qualify for this requirement."
  • Controlled Substance Awareness - A one-time course is required - Click here for a home study that was created for pharmacists to meet this requirement. Healthcare professionals who are not practicing pharmacy may complete Michigan educational requirements by clicking here.
    • 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. For example, licenses that expire on June 30, 2019, have until June 30, 2021, to complete this training.

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.

 

NOTE: Hours Worked During Pandemic No Longer Count Toward CE Requirement

During the pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order 2020-82 allowed healthcare providers to count hours worked toward their live CE requirement. However, with the Michigan Supreme Court’s decision striking down all of the governor’s executive orders, any applicant who did not file for licensure/relicensure by Oct. 2, 2020, cannot count hours worked towards their live CE requirement and must obtain their hours through normal means.

 

PHARMACY TECHNICIANS

  • Five live hours of the 20 required hours is necessary every renewal - Click here to search for home studies created for pharmacists and technicians that meet this requirement.
  • Patient Safety - One hour of the 20 required hours is necessary every renewal - Click here to search for home studies created for pharmacists and technicians that meet this requirement.
  • Pharmacy Law - One hour of the 20 required hours is necessary every renewal - Click here to search for home studies created for pharmacists and technicians that meet this requirement.
  • Pain and Symptom Management - One hour of the 20 required hours is necessary every renewal - Click here to search for home studies created for pharmacists and technicians that meet this requirement.
  • Human Trafficking - A one-time course is required Click here for a home study that was created for pharmacists and technicians to meet this requirement.
    • In December 2020, new pharmacy general rules went into effect. These rules state “(3) Pursuant to section 16148 of the code, MCL 333.16148, the requirements specified in subrule (1) of this rule apply for license renewals beginning Jan. 1, 2020, and for initial licenses issued after Nov. 13, 2022.” MPA has confirmed with the Bureau of Professional Licensing within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) that a pharmacist only needs to take a Human Trafficking CE once in order to qualify for this requirement."

HOW TO DETERMINE IF A PROGRAM MEETS REQUIREMENTS

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.

  • 0112-0000-19-101-L01-P; 0112-0000-19-101-L01-T

    • P: Suitable for pharmacists

    • T: Suitable for technicians

  • 0112-0000-19-101-H01-P;0112-0000-19-101-H02-P; 0112-0000-19-101-H03-P; 0112-0000-19-101-L04-P; 0112-0000-19-101-L05-P; 0112-0000-19-101-L06-P

    • H: Home study activity

    • L: Live activity

    • 01: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy – Activities that address drugs, drug therapy, and/or disease states.

    • 02: AIDS Therapy – Activities that address therapeutic, legal, social, ethical, or psychological issues related to the understanding and treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS.

    • 03: Law Related to Pharmacy Practice – Activities that address federal, state, or local laws and/or regulations affecting the practice of pharmacy.

    • 04: General Pharmacy – Activities that address topics relevant to the practice of pharmacy other than those included in the classifications of drug/disease therapy related, HIV/AIDS therapy related, and law.

    • 05: Patient Safety – Activities that address topics relevant to the prevention of healthcare errors and the elimination or mitigation of patient injury caused by healthcare errors.

    • 06: Immunizations – Activities related to the provision of immunizations, i.e., recommend immunization schedules, administration procedures, proper storage and disposal, and record keeping. This also includes review for appropriateness or contraindication and identifying and reporting adverse drug events and providing necessary first aid.

    • 07: Compounding – Activities related to sterile, nonsterile, and hazardous drug compounding for humans and animals. This includes best practices and USP quality assurance standards, environmental testing and control, record keeping, error detection and reporting, and continuous quality improvement processes.

    • 08: Pain Management - Activities that address any component regarding the treatment and mangaement of pain, including the prescribing, distribution and use of opioid medications, and/or the risks, symptoms, and treatment of opioid misuse/addiction. 

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)?

 

General Facts

  • 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.

Contact Information
For questions regarding continuing education, contact Alisha Swanchara at (517) 377-0225.