Continuing Education

College of Pharmacy CPEP Goals:

  • Establish and enhance community, educational and professional partnerships

  • Develop and strengthen post-graduate education and training opportunities

  • Provide structured educational programs and services to promote life-long learning, continued personal and professional development and enhanced professional competencies

  • Promote active learning, problem solving and critical thinking applicable to the practice of pharmacy and health care-related services

  • Use feedback from local constituents to determine timely, relevant topics that promote patient centered care across practice settings

  • Design activities to meet the needs and responsibilities of pharmacists and technicians



The CSU College of Pharmacy currently offer Live Programs by which to earn continuing education credit: Live Programs - This type of program involves coming to a specific site for a set number of hours to listen to a speaker(s) on predetermined topics. Participants are required to fill out a program evaluation form and attend all portions of the program for which they would like to receive continuing education credit. In the future CSU-COP will look to offer Home Study course, more details to come.

The amount of continuing education (CE) hours required to renew an Illinois pharmacist license is 30 CE hours every two years. If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please refer to the IDFPRIDFPR web site.

To determine if a program is accredited by ACPE, look for the ACPElogo, and a fourteen digit program number on any information regarding the CE program. If the program number is followed by a "P", it is accredited for pharmacists. If the program number is followed by a "T", it is approved for Technicians.

All 30 hours of CE must be ACPE-accredited, but it is not required that the CE be topic specific, such as AIDS-related, or medium specific, such as live, or home study.

Effective May 1, 2014 ACPE mandated that all ACPE-accredited providers have 60 days post the CPE activity participation date to upload the participant CE credit into CPE Monitor. Paper statements of credit are not valid for United States based licensed pharmacists. All CE credit awarded by ACPE-accredited providers to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must be via CPE Monitor. If participants would like a paper statement of credit, they may print an individual statement of credit or a transcript from their NABP e-profile.

Your credit will be automatically uploaded to the CPE Monitor system. Please ensure your NABP number and date of birth is in your profile otherwise you will not receive credit for the CE activity.

Your CE credits will be submitted electronically to the NABP. Pharmacists or pharmacy technicians with questions regarding their NABP e-Profile or CPE Monitor should refer to the FAQ section on the NABP website or contact NABP Customer Service: or telephone 847-391-4406. To receive credit for your participation, all pharmacists must include their NABP e-Profile ID number, along with their month and date of birth.

Yes. In addition, all the programs offered are accredited by the ACPE

ACPE is the national accrediting body for pharmacy continuing education. ACPE assures the quality of continuing pharmacy education programs by evaluating the providers of CE and by monitoring the quality of their educational activities. ACPE also provides CE approved providers a basis for uniform acceptance of CE credits among the states. For maintaining an Illinois pharmacy license, all 30 hours of continuing education credit must be provided by an ACPEapproved provider. The CSU College of Pharmacy is an ACPE-approved provider.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an approach to lifelong learning being discussed as a potential model for pharmacists in the United States. CPD does not replace continuing education (CE), but CE will be an essential component of CPD. Its purpose is to ensure that pharmacists maintain their knowledge, skills, and competencies to practice throughout their careers in their specific area of practice, to improve the pharmacist's personal performance, and ultimately to improve patient and public health outcomes.



The Chicago State University College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation  Council for Pharmacy Education