Continuing Education Accreditation
Purdue University College of Pharmacy is proud to serve as an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Continuing Education (CE) Provider to assure and advance the quality of continuing pharmacy education. In addition, we are an approved CE Provider for the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). As such, we are responsible to assist in the advancement of the practice of medicine through meaningful, disease state specific CE activities. We also partner with Purdue University's School of Nursing, which provides CE activities that strive for practice excellence, through their accreditation with the Indiana State Nursing Association (ISNA), which is an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accredited approver.
About Joint Accreditation
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Accreditation Program have collaborated in offering "Accreditation of Continuing Education Planned by the Team for the Team." The goals of this joint accreditation are to support healthcare team-focused education that improves patient care, and at the same time to streamline the accreditation processes. As Purdue University College of Pharmacy approaches the period of reaccreditation, the decision has been made to pursue joint accreditation, partnering with the School of Nursing. This process will be accomplished throughout 2012 for final approval by July, 2013.
For a bit more about the process. . .as an organization that builds bridges with other stakeholders through collaboration and cooperation, the provider of continuing education (CE) for the healthcare team participates within a framework for quality improvement by planning, offering and evaluating education for teams comprised of two or more healthcare professionals (e.g., nurses, pharmacists, and/or physicians). The goal of this education will be to address the professional practice gaps of the healthcare team using an educational planning process that reflects input from those healthcare professionals who make up the team. The education will be designed to change the skills/strategy, performance, or patient outcomes of the healthcare team. Joint accreditation offers an additional option — not a restriction — for continuing education providers. Organizations that are accredited separately can also produce education for health care teams, and organizations that are awarded joint accreditation can also produce education that is not team-related.
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) is the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE was established in 1932 for the accreditation of pre-service education, and in 1975 its scope of activity was broadened to include accreditation of providers of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE ensures excellence in education for the profession of pharmacy through its core values of collaborative leadership, commitment, continuous quality improvement, innovation, integrity and service.
ACPE is an autonomous and independent agency whose Board of Directors is derived through the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), and the American Council on Education (ACE).
The ACCME's Mission is the identification, development, and promotion of standards for quality continuing medical education (CME) utilized by physicians in their maintenance of competence and incorporation of new knowledge to improve quality medical care for patients and their communities. The ACCME fulfills its mission through a voluntary self-regulated system for accrediting CME providers and a peer-review process responsive to changes in medical education and the health care delivery system.
ACCME accreditation is a mark of quality continuing medical education activities that are planned, implemented and evaluated by ACCME accredited providers in accordance with ACCME's Essential Areas and Elements and Accreditation Policies. This accreditation assures the medical community and the public that such activities provide physicians with information that can assist them in maintaining or improving their practice of medicine, along with patient care.
About ISNA and ANCC
The Indiana State Nurses Association (ISNA) is the professional organization for Indiana's registered nurses. The Association was organized in 1903 to secure a nurse practice act to protect the citizens of Indiana. For 100 years they have been promoting and protecting nurses, the nursing profession and those who receive nursing care through their values of advocacy, collaboration, education, facilitation, information and leadership. They are represented by the American Nurses Association, headquartered in Washington, D.C
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize healthcare organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments through the Magnet Recognition Program® and the Pathway to Excellence® Program; and accredit providers of continuing nursing education. In addition, ANCC's Institute for Credentialing Innovation® provides leading-edge information and education services and products to support its core credentialing programs.