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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 as well as programming that promotes core competencies. We also partner with Purdue University's School of Nursing, a provider of continuing education for nurses through the Ohio Nurses Association, to offer CE contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) is an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accredited approver.

About ACPE

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 ONA and ANCC

The Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) is the professional organization for Ohio's registered nurses. ONA has 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. ONA's focus is on advancing the nursing profession in the service of quality healthcare. They are represented by the American Nurses Association, headquartered in Washington, D.C. Purdue University's Office of Continuing Nursing Education is an approved provider of nursing CE by the ONA, which is an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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.