Continuing Education

|  Upcoming Programs  |

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HOLD THE DATE - 26th Annual Residency Program

Raising the Bar in Pharmacy Practice.

This will be a 16 hour Live/Hybrid CE program to be held at the DoubleTree Hotel at the Mart Plaza.

IMPORTANT: Zoom Meeting Instructions

YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL STEPS IN ORDER TO OBTAIN CREDIT – REMEMBER, CE PROGRAMS ARE FREE ONLY TO CURRENT MEMBERS.

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- ZOOM MEETING INSTRUCTIONS -

MUST FOLLOW ALL STEPS IN ORDER TO OBTAIN CREDIT - REMEMBER, CE PROGRAMS ARE FREE ONLY TO CURRENT MEMBERS.

To obtain credits for participation in a Zoom distance learning class you must VIEW THE PRESENTATION on a compatible device (smart phone, computer or tablet) AND complete the following steps:

1. Complete the on line RSVP where you will receive the Zoom PRE-REGISTRATION Link and Final Course Evaluation Link. Do NOT try to click through the links prior to the meeting as that will have a negative impact on registration.

2. Zoom will send you the meeting link after you PRE-REGISTER. Do not wait until the last minute.

3. Sign in to the meeting 15-30 minutes prior to start to adjust your settings

4. You will be placed in a waiting room the co-hosts will let you in.

5. RENAME yourself with your license number and last name. Ex: RPT#####, Gomez Sue or PS##### Smith S.

6. At the END of the presentation, go to the Final Course Evaluation (using the link) and enter your license and personal information.

All steps MUST be completed to obtain credit for the course. If any step is not followed, credit will not be issued. If you are a DCPA member follow the links that you receive from this association, if you are a member of another co-sponsoring association, please follow their instructions.

Members are reminded to regularly review their CE posting status at CE Brokers. We encourage that you check the hours posted to ensure that the provider is correctly posting your hours. We also encourage that you confirm the type of credit posted: consultant v.s. general credit.

 

Also remember to check your hours before and after any license renewal.

Once hours are posted for general credit toward the PS license, they cannot be changed to Consultant credit to be used at that PU license's renewal.

Your annual membership provides you with a full subscription to CE Brokers. Take advantage of your membership benefit.

|  Frequently Asked Questions  |

2 hour CE requirement effective with Pharmacist Current Renewal period (64B16-27.831) Mandatory Continuing Education:

All pharmacists shall complete a Board approved 2-hour continuing education course on the Validation of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances.

The course content shall include the following:
(a) Ensuring access to controlled substances for all patients with a valid prescription;
(b) Use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program’s Database;
(c) Assessment of prescriptions for appropriate therapeutic value.

License Renewals will undergo 100% CE audit by the Board of Pharmacy.

In 2013, the Board began testing 100% CE hour audits through CE Broker. This year, pharmacist and technician renewals  will
undergo a full audit of continuing education hours prior to being allowed to renew. If you do not meet the CE requirements, the renewal process will be halted.

What is the difference between CE Broker and CPE Monitor?

CE Broker maintains records of all continuing education credits taken by registrants from Florida Approved CE providers (of which DCPA is one). CE Broker will send all CE credits
posted in the individual registrant’s account to the Board of Pharmacy to confirm full compliance with CE requirements for re-licensure in Florida.

CPE Monitor, on the other hand, is a national repository of CE (as is CE Broker), but it only tracks ACPE approved CE programs. The Florida Board of Pharmacy relies on CE Broker for CE credit monitoring, not CPE Monitor. However, if you are licensed by jurisdictions that require ACPE CE Credits, you
must provide your CPE Monitor information to those providers such that they can post your CE.

What is the CE Broker Subscription I receive with my DCPA

In October 2013 the DCPA board of directors approved paying CE Broker Subscriptions to DCPA members as a benefit to help in the new 100% audit for licensure renewal. Once you are a paid member, your license information is added to CE Broker as a DCPA member and you are issued your login and password information. If you forgot your login, call CE Brokers, tell them you are a DCPA member and they will walk you
through the process.

The subscriptions allows you to see how many credits you have, what type of credits you are still missing and generally, keeps
track of all of your Florida CE Requirements.

What happens if CE Broker does not have all of my hours? I often take ACPE approved credits from non-Florida providers.

You may self-report ACPE hours on CEBroker.  You simply follow the steps on the web site to add your CE. CE Brokers will be sending a list of licensees who have not met their hour requirement approximately 3 months after the renewal cycle. It is still a good idea to keep a file with your CE credit slips in the event of an audit.

Do I need HIV for my renewal?

1 hour of HIV is required for all pharmacists and technicians renewing their licenses for the first time.  After that, there is no HIV
requirement for relicensure.

What is CPE Monitor and do I still need CE Brokers?

CE Brokers is required by Florida law as the clearinghouse for CE credits. CPE Monitor is the NAPB/ACPE clearinghouse for ACPE
CE credits for other states. So, if you are licensed in other states in addition to Florida, you may want to set up your CPE Monitor (free) account so that your ACPE hours
can be credited to the appropriate license.

Are there any CE requirements for Technicians?

The technician renewal on December 31, 2018,  are required to complete 20 hours of CE per biennium. Of these 20 hours, 2 must
be Medication Errors & Law, 4 must be live CE and on first renewal 1 hour of HIV.  (HIV is not required for subsequent renewals).

What number should the Technician use for CE credits - their RPT number or their PTCB

Florida CE requires re-registration therefore, the technician must submit the RPT number to post CE credit.  PTCB (technician certification) has other CE requirements that are required to maintain certification (which is different than Florida registration)

Do I have to keep the CE Certificate I receive at a CE Program?

YES!!!  If there are any problems and/or issues with the provider posting credit to your account on CE Broker or you are audited by another state, the CE Certificate is your receipt of attendance.  It is recommended that certificates be kept for at least one renewal cycle.

Can I get partial credit for Recertification CE on my Consultant License?

As of 2009, the Board is allowing providers to seek RCE approval for courses not less than 3 hours in length.  Many providers are issuing credit in 3 hour blocks to be applied toward recertification. The licensee cannot submit the same 3 hour course taken at different times as RCE (i.e. no “double dipping”).

If I run out of time and cannot complete my full credits for licensure renewal, what options do I have?

The first advice, is make sure that you plan ahead and get your credits way before the deadline. Remember, all ACPE credits are valid in Florida, special Board approval is required for Medication Errors, Consultant Pharmacist, & Nuclear Pharmacists credits. There are a host of journals, web sites, etc. that offer credits.

If you have experienced a hardship (due to health, accident, etc.) you can petition the Board for an extension. They will work with you. You don’t want to be delinquent on CE requirements. You will be disciplined and a mark remains on your license forever, not to
mention the fees, penalties, etc. that you end up paying.

Can I count extra CE Credits I obtained for general CE toward my Consultant License?

No.  Consultant license renewal requires attendance at courses specifically designated as Recertification CE (RCE). If, however, you take extra RCE (>24hr in 2 years) you can count these toward general CE requirements.

On the Horizon:

We have been informed (June 2015) that both CPE Monitor and PTCB along with CE Broker are working to facilitate the posting and reporting of CE credits within each respective institutions. Since it is a matter of computer programming – it is up to the IT folks to see how this can be facilitated to make the practitioner’s life a bit easier. We will keep you posted.