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The Office of Lifelong Learning

Assisting North Carolina pharmacists in advancing their practice through professional development and lifelong learning. 

The UNC Eshelman Office of Lifelong Learning provides professional educational activities for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. We offer local, regional, and several national seminars, workshops, certificate programs, and residency programs that advance pharmaceutical education, skills, and practices. Many of our programs provide ACPE Continuing Pharmacy Education credit in live or home study formats. 

AVAILABLE COURSES

Program Offerings

  • In Person
    These programs take place on a specific date and time in a location where the participant must attend in person.  
  • Live Webinars
    These programs take place on a specific date and time, but are offered in a virtual format where the participant can attend online 
  • Hybrid Programs
    These programs take place on a specific date and time in a location where the participant can attend in person or online 
  • Self-Paced Programs
    The participant is able to complete these types of programs at their convenience over one or multiple sessions through an online platform 
  • Certificates
    These programs are typically longer in duration than other programs where the participant will gain and demonstrate a specific skill/practice upon completion. These programs may offer a combination of in person, webinar, and self-paced portions. 

Are You Interested in Learning More?

To learn more, please contact:

 

Austin Companion

Austin Companion joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Continuing Education Program in January 2016. Companion brings with him more than 7 years’ experience in professional and continuing education.

austin.companion@unc.edu

Joint Sponsorship and Accreditation

The Office Lifelong Learning works with internal and external partners to help develop, manage and accredit professional development programs. We are accredited by ACPE to provide Continuing Pharmacy Education credit to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. We are also licensed partners with APhA to provide their Diabetes, Immunization, MTM, and Travel Health Certificates. If you are interested in partnering with us please review the information below:

ACPE Accreditation standards 

Partner Expectations – While the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Office of Lifelong Learning may work with partners to help development and presentation of continuing education programs final authority for all areas relating to the ACPE Accreditation Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education will be retained by the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Office of Lifelong Learning. Partners will collaborate with the office on these items and provide support with the collection and completion of required documentation.


Are You Interested in Learning More?

To learn more, please contact:

 

Austin Companion

Austin Companion joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Continuing Education Program in January 2016. Companion brings with him more than 7 years’ experience in professional and continuing education.

austin.companion@unc.edu

About Us

Austin Companion

Program Manager

austin.companion@unc.edu

Austin Companion joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Continuing Education Program in January 2016. Companion brings with him more than 7 years’ experience in professional and continuing education.

Josh Guffey

Director

guffey@email.unc.edu

Dr. Guffey joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as the Director of the Office for Continuing Education in February 2019. He has been involved with the School and continuing education as the Director of Pharmacy Education with the Charlotte AHEC since 2013.

Our Partners

The Office Lifelong Learning offers many programs within the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, UNC Health network, the State of North Carolina, and regionally. Some of our partners include: 

North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) 
North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP) 
UNC ESOP CIPhER 
UNC ESOP Preceptors 
UNC Health Care Pharmacy Resident Sessions 
Lineberger Cancer Center 
Vidant Health


Are You Interested in Learning More?

To learn more, please contact:

 

Austin Companion

Austin Companion joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Continuing Education Program in January 2016. Companion brings with him more than 7 years’ experience in professional and continuing education.

austin.companion@unc.edu

CPD Offerings with NC AHEC

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy (ESOP) faculty members and other partners in education lead continuing education programs through our School’s partnership with North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC).

The ESOP/AHEC partnership is a collaborative effort to meet the educational and career needs of North Carolina’s healthcare professionals, researchers, and educators. This partnership has been active for several decades, providing professional development and training opportunities for healthcare professionals. Together, we work to train a diverse workforce to support a healthy North Carolina.

Please click here if you are interested in requesting one of our faculty members to participate in a professional development program.

FAQ

  • Requests must be submitted through the above program submission link with the required details for ACPE accreditation. In addition to those details, the following materials must also be submitted at least 10 days PRIOR to the program taking place.
    • Completed program brochure/screenshot of the program registration page
    • Signed Speaker Letter
    • Speaker CV/Resume/Bio
    • Signed Conflict of Interest Document
    • Completed Active Learning Plan
    • Completed GAP Analysis
    • A final copy of presentation materials
    • Signed pharmacist course coordinator attestation
  • The following items must also be received by our office after the program to upload participant credit.
    • Participant attendance/sign-in sheet
    • Learning Assessment Documentation
    • Completed participant evaluations
  • Completed brochures/program pages must include the following:
    • Program Title
    • Date and Location (City, State)
    • CO-sponsorship Statement
    • Target Audience (all professions should be listed if the program is interdisciplinary)
    • Knowledge-/application-based statement
    • Learning objectives (applicable to each profession)
    • Program agenda
    • Number of CE hours
    • Speaker info with title and degree
    • Registration information – how/where, format options, fees & refund policy (even if no fees collected)
    • ACPE logo and credit statement
    • Course coordinators/planning committee
    • For home-study only – initial release and expiration dates

Requests must be submitted through the above program submission link PRIOR to opening registration or at least 30 days before the program date.

Please submit final rosters in a timely manner. Ideally no more than 2-3 weeks post-program. This allows time to reach out to any participant whose credit may have been rejected to correct their information and resubmit credit. ACPE requires credit to be uploaded within 60 days of the program date. After that date, they close the program and no credit is able to be uploaded.

Please let us know of changes that occur in your program has been approved. Upon approval, you were sent an Activity Description Form (ADF) outlining the details submitted to ACPE for accreditation. If any of the details listed have changed, that information will need to be updated with ACPE as well. These changes must be made prior to the program date, but will not require a new ACPE activity number.

Each program is identified at a specific competency level, knowledge, application, and practice. There are certain expectations and verbs that should be used for each of those competencies. If an objective was updated/revised, it was most likely phrased in a way that was not associated with that competency level.

No, if a program has already been approved, and the title, objectives, number of hours are the same you can request the next session date be added to that activity by emailing Austin Companion directly.

CPE Monitor Information 

 

 

Required CE Docs


Are You Interested in Learning More?

To learn more, please contact:

 

Austin Companion

Austin Companion joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Continuing Education Program in January 2016. Companion brings with him more than 7 years’ experience in professional and continuing education.

austin.companion@unc.edu


  • Mission
    The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Office of Lifelong Learning seeks to contribute to the continuing professional development of state pharmacists and pharmacy technicians by providing a variety of informative and career competent programs designed to enhance skills and knowledge, and help participants become more proficient in the practice of pharmacy.

  • ACPE CPE Credit Statement
    The University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. To receive CE credit, participants must complete the CE requirements outlined on the program page. Statements of credit can be viewed and printed in CPE Monitor approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the program and you have completed any needed requirements. **No partial credit will be available** Participants are responsible for checking and verifying credit appears on CPE Monitor within 60 day of the date of program completion and notifying the provider if they have not appeared PRIOR to that 60 day deadline. Credits will not be accepted by ACPE after 60 days.
  • Contact Us
    UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
    Office of Professional Development and Lifelong Learning
    CB# 7574 Beard Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 | austin.companion@unc.edu