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TPA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. TPA has received full accreditation approval through 2016.

 ACPE defines continuing education for the pharmacy profession as a structured educational activity designed or intended to support the continuing development of pharmacists and/or pharmacy technicians to maintain and enhance their competence.  Continuing pharmacy education (CPE) should promote problem-solving and critical thinking and be applicable to the practice of pharmacy.

As adapted from the Institute of Medicine’s Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality, April 2003, ACPE encourages pharmacists to develop and maintain proficiency in five core areas.  These five core areas will provide the framework for RxCE’s educational content for pharmacists:

  • Delivering patient-centered care
  • Working as part of interdisciplinary teams
  • Practicing evidence-based medicine
  • Focusing on quality improvement
  • Using information technology

ACPE also encourages CPE providers to follow the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's (PCTB) Core Competencies needed to pass their exam as a guide in developing CPE content for pharmacy technicians. The following three areas will provide the framework for RxCE’s educational content for pharmacy technicians:

  • Assisting the pharmacist in serving patients
  • Maintaining medication and inventory control systems
  • Participating in the administration and management of pharmacy practice


ACPE Guidelines on Continuing Education Activities

  • Knowledge-based CPE activity: These CPE activities are primarily constructed to transmit knowledge (i.e., facts). The facts must be based on evidence as accepted in the literature by the health care professions. The minimum amount of credit for these activities is 15 minutes or 0.25 contact hour. As a reminder, all CPE activities on or after January 1, 2009 will need to be assigned to one of three activity types.
  • Application-based CPE activity: These CPE activities are primarily constructed to apply the information learned in the time frame allotted. The information must be based on evidence as accepted in the literature by the health care professions. The minimum amount of credit for these activities is 60 minutes or one contact hour
  • Practice-based CPE activity: [Previously named Certificate Programs in Pharmacy] These CPE activities are primarily constructed to instill, expand, or enhance practice competencies through the systematic achievement of specified knowledge, skills, attitudes, and performance behaviors. The information within the practice-based CPE activity must be based on evidence as accepted in the literature by the health care professions. The formats of these CPE activities should include a didactic component (live and/or home study) and a practice experience component (designed to evaluate the skill or application). The provider should employ an instructional design that is rationally sequenced, curricular based, and supportive of achievement of the stated professional competencies. The minimum amount of credit for these activities is 15 contact hours

 
Texas Pharmacy Association Five Core Curriculum Areas of Focus

  • Medication Therapy Management - Obtain the clinical knowledge, skills, and motivation needed to establish MTM services for patients with complex drug regimens.
  • Clinical Drug Therapy - The role for pharmacists in educating patients and physicians about drug safety, drug interactions and cost-savings. Improving collaboration between physicians and pharmacists for improved patient results.
  • Patient Safety - Pharmacists, as the experts in medicines, have a leading role to play in identifying and preventing medication errors including: administration and dosage of drugs, communication problems between patient and health care professional, adverse drug reaction, error in dispensing, prescribing error and use of medicine.  And, more positively, ensuring better outcomes from medication use.
  • Pharmacy Law - Regulations intended to preserve, and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Texas by regulating the practice of pharmacy in the public interest.
  • Pharmacy Leadership and Operations - Assisting pharmacists and other pharmacy professionals in developing business management and leadership skills to meet the challenges faced in the dynamic health care system and ever changing economic climate.