For the first time, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) is making its Diabetes Care Home Study Certificate Program, Third Edition, and its Cardiovascular Care Home Study Certificate Program, Third Edition, available on-line. The programs were developed by the National Institute for Pharmacist Care Outcomes (NIPCO). NIPCO is the disease management division of NCPA. In the past, these programs have been available only through live courses or the printed home study format. Both programs are supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer Inc.
The diabetes program describes the characteristics of diabetes, various methods of treatment, and techniques to help diabetics manage their disease. This program provides 16 Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Continuing Education (ACPE CE) contact hours (1.6 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education.
The cardiovascular program focuses on how pharmacists can help their patients understand and manage cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension and congestive heart failure. This program provides 17 ACPE CE contact hours (1.7 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education.
Pharmacists can apply credits earned toward attaining the NIPCO Pharmacist Care Diplomate credential. The on-line programs cost $50 each for NCPA members and $75 each for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.ncpanet.org/nipco.