Pharmacist continuing education requirements

Learn about the continuing education (CE) requirements for registering and renewing pharmacist licenses.

General requirements

  • You must complete at least 20 hours of continuing education per year.
  • You need at least 40 hours total for each renewal cycle, which is every 2 years.

Live programs and contact hours

These are CE programs that:

  • Involve direct interaction between the faculty and participants.
  • Are taught by faculty with appropriate credentials related to the discipline.

These programs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Lectures
  • Symposia
  • Live teleconferences
  • Workshops

Minimum yearly requirements for CEs

  • 5 hours of live contact
  • 2 contact hours of pharmacy law
    • These┬ádon't need to be live.

Additional requirements

If you engage in or oversee immunization activities:

  • 1 contact hour in the area of immunizations

If you engage in or oversee the practice of sterile compounding:

  • 5 contact hours of sterile compounding
    • This can be home study or in live format.

If you engage in or oversee practice of complex non-sterile compounding:

  • 3 contact hours of complex non-sterile compounding
    • This can be home study or in live format.

If you engage in a collaborative practice agreement:

  • 5 additional contact hours (for a total of 25 per year) that address areas related to a specific collaborative drug therapy management agreement.

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