Important facts about Pharmacy Tech Topics™

1.    Pharmacy Tech Topics™ is a continuing education program designed to provide CPhTs with four modules of home study CPE each year. Upon successful completion of each module's post-test (70% or better), 2.5 hours of PTCB approved CPE credit will be awarded, and an CE information sheet will be made available to you to view and print in your account. Modules are released quarterly in January, April, July and October. Each one-year CPE subscription supplies at least 10 hours of CPE credit.

2.    Pharmacy Tech Topics™ accredits at least one hour of pharmacy law and one hour of patient safety CPE credit in alternating years. Therefore, a consecutive two-year subscription fulfills all of the recertification requirements for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). For each module published before 2017, subscribers have up to two years from the date of publication to complete each module for CPE credit. Modules published in 2017 and beyond will be valid up to three years for CPE credit. Each module will contain approximately 28 pages of written continuing education with learning objectives and references, a post-test, and a program evaluation.

Please note: PTCB reinstatement procedures will have different CE requirements. For more information go to: www.ptcb.org.

3.    Pharmacy Tech Topics™ is designed for CPhTs who have difficulty obtaining the necessary CPE credits, or for those who prefer the convenience of studying at home. Institutions with more than one technician must purchase a separate CPE subscription for each technician. Pharmacy Tech Topics™ modules are copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any form.

4.    Pharmacy Tech Topics™ modules, authored by leading pharmacy experts in their field, will address the latest disease management and operational issues.

5.    When ordering current year modules, you will receive immediate access to previously published modules for the purchased year, with the remainder being available on a quarterly basis. Modules are released quarterly in January, April, July, and October

6.    When you order in advance, the modules will appear as they become available. Your subscription term for the years you have purchased is viewable under "My Account" when logged into your account

7.    ICHP is an ACPE accredited provider of Pharmacy Tech Topics™ continuing pharmacy education modules. As such, Pharmacy Tech Topics™ modules follow all ACPE standards, policies, rules and regulations for confirming, reporting and verifying official CPE credit for pharmacy technicians. All Pharmacy Tech Topics™ subscribers must have an NABP e-Profile ID# (with Birthdate as MMDD). All successfully completed ONLINE CPE is reported to CPE Monitor within 48 hours. All pharmacy technicians will go to their personal CPE Monitor accounts to view, download and / or print off official statements of credit and transcripts, per the ACPE rules. Paper tests are processed manually in the office, so it may take 2 to 4 weeks for the credit to appear on your CPE Monitor account.

8.    Pharmacy Tech Topics™ is implementing a Pre-Test function for some of the education modules. This pre-test function will require subscribers to answer five questions about the topic BEFORE they may open the module PDF and begin studying.

How will you know? You will see a Module Pre-Test tab next to the module title on your My Modules webpage. You will need to click on the Pre-Test tab to take the pre-test. Once the pre-test is completed and submitted, the subscriber will then be able to see the module PDF, open it, read it and then complete the final test. Subscribers still need to pass the final test to receive continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit and have that credit uploaded to CPE Monitor.

The pre-test is not for continuing education credit, nor do the results affect the final score. Publishers of Pharmacy Tech Topics™ are using the pre-test results to see if the module teaching is effective. The pre-test answers will be compared to the final test answers, which includes the five pre-test questions, to see if subscribers learned the correct answers through reading the module PDF.