Continuing Education — Pharmacists
How many hours of CE do I need to renew my license?
Pharmacists need at least 30 hours of approved CE in order to renew. (Board rule 295.8(d)(1))
Are there any specific CE subject requirements I need to meet?
Yes. All pharmacists are required to have at least one hour of Texas-specific pharmacy law and at least one hour of opioid abuse-related CE to renew. Both hours may be counted toward the thirty-hour total. (Board rule 295.8(d)(1))
What CE is considered approved by the Board?
The Board considers several accreditation types as approved. The most common approved accreditation type is ACPE. A complete list of approved programs can be found in Board rule 295.8(e).
I'm renewing for the first time. Do I need CE?
Pharmacists are exempt from most CE requirements during the initial renewal period per Board rule 295.8(d)(4)(A), which reads:
All pharmacists licensed in Texas shall be exempt from the continuing education requirements during their initial license period.
Do I need to sent my CE certificates directly to the Board when I renew?
No. Pharmacists are required to maintain certificates of completion of approved continuing education for three years from the date of reporting the hours on a license renewal application (Board rule 295.8(f)(1)). Do not send CE certificates to the Board office unless requested.
What do I need to know about CE audits?
The Board has the authority to conduct an audit of pharmacist CE records for verification of reported CE credits (Board rule 295.8(f)(2)). Upon written request, a pharmacist will be required to provide to the board copies of completion certificates for all CE hours reported during a specified time period. Failure to provide all requested records during a specified time period constitutes prima facie evidence of failure to keep and maintain records and may result in disciplinary action. A license would also be subject to disciplinary action if false or fraudulent records were submitted in response to an audit.
I have an inactive pharmacist license. Do I need CE?
A pharmacist with an inactive license is not required to report any CE hours at the time of renewal. For more information regarding inactive license renewal and/or license reactivation, click here.
I would like to reactivate my inactive license. Do I need CE?
Yes. Please click here for additional information regarding reactivating your inactive pharmacist license.
I have CE requirements I need to complete as a result of disciplinary action. Can I count these hours toward my license renewal?
No. Any CE requirements imposed upon a pharmacist as part of a disciplinary order shall be in addition to the hours required to renew the license.
I'm a preceptor. What CE is required to maintain my preceptor certification?
What CE is required to maintain my sterile compounding certification?
What CE is required to maintain my pharmacist immunizer certification?
What CE is required to maintain my drug therapy management certification?
You can find a summary of drug therapy management CE requirements by clicking here. Complete drug therapy management CE requirements, including initial certification, can be found in Board rule 295.13.
Does the Texas State Board of Pharmacy offer continuing education courses?
The Texas State Board of Pharmacy offers online courses and webinars that may be counted toward Texas license or registration renewal. TSBP courses are not required, but are an additional resources for you to obtain CE. You can find all TSBP CE programs on our catalog page here.
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