Purdue University College of Pharmacy Office of Continuing EducationPurdue University College of Pharmacy Office of Continuing Education

Mission and Purpose


The mission of the Purdue University College of Pharmacy Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development (PURDUE) is to be a progressive and dynamic provider of comprehensive, innovative continuing education for medical and pharmacy professionals, throughout diverse populations, with an emphasis on engagement of the healthcare team. Through a lifelong learning approach, we will strive to develop and provide credible and valid educational activities that enhance practitioner performance, with the goal of improved healthcare systems and patient outcomes.



The purpose of PURDUE's program is to:

  • Provide practitioners with current and evidence-based continuing education that is designed to enhance clinical practices to change competence, practitioner performance, and/or patient outcomes;
  • Generate activities that continue to advance practitioners' professional development based upon demonstrated educational needs on a local, regional, national or global basis;
  • Deliver our CE activities to practitioners through innovative practices and in ways that fit within their learning styles.


The content areas for the PURDUE program will be based upon practice gaps and the educational needs that underlie those gaps. We will strive for activities that address recent advances in biomedical/clinical practices covering a variety of disease states/disciplines as well as values/ethics, communication, teamwork/process and roles/responsibilities as outlined in the 2003 and 2010 IOM report.


The target audience of participants for educational activities provided by PURDUE will be practitioners from the areas of medicine and/or pharmacy as well as other healthcare disciplines. The scope will be local, state, national and global.


Types of activities provided by PURDUE may be developed utilizing various modes of delivery mechanisms such as live symposia, web casts, medical journals and enduring materials in printed and web formats. Educational needs of the targeted audience direct content development and delivery design. Activities provided may be directly sponsored or jointly sponsored with organizations that operate in a manner consistent with our overall mission.


Expected results of PURDUE's program include:

  • Enhancing healthcare professionals' training, nurturing their competencies, and influencing their behavior for the purpose of improving healthcare systems, practitioner performance, and/or patient care/outcomes.
  • Creating and expanding the team of "thought leaders," inclusive of increasing the involvement of faculty from the College of Pharmacy as well as other community medical leaders, to engage healthcare experts not currently involved in the program.
  • Identifying new partnerships to enhance the existing program whereby current and/or future CE needs will be incorporated into activity planning.
  • Utilizing the assessment process and resultant outcomes to ensure that newly identified needs and practice gaps facilitate the development of new activities that include diverse populations and cross geographic boundaries - local, state, national, and global - and, ultimately, impact patient care.

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