From the Director's Desk

I am so pleased to welcome you to our website. Our plan is to develop content that covers topics which you, as learners, want or need to enhance your education as a practitioner – improving your knowledge, competence as well as incorporating this information/these skill sets into your practice, which ultimately will lead to improved patient outcomes.

Our offerings, which can be found under the “Available Courses” button at the top of our website, include the following:

  • Medication errors and the safe use of medications continue to be a high priority.  In partnership with the College’s Center for Medication Safety Advancement (CMSA), we will soon launch two sessions in LEAN training, a quality improvement methodology that has been adopted in a variety of healthcare settings.  It relies on a collaborative team effort to improve performance by combining lean principles to eliminate waste.  Look for these courses by the end of the year!

  • Access to BPS-approved recertification programs for nuclear pharmacy - BCNP Recertification CE Program - and nutrition support pharmacy - BCNSP Recertification CE Program.  These two programs serve practitioners with dynamic resources that provide broad coverage of various topics pertinent to practice.

  • “Introductory Medical Spanish for Pharmacy Staff” which provides online training for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians – learning and applying the first steps in speaking Spanish to better communicate with a portion of the patients you care for each day. This offering provides a concise introduction to basic Spanish terms and phrases encountered in a variety of pharmacy settings.

  • Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, and research indicates that clinicians can have an important impact on their patients’ ability to quit. Despite the direct link between tobacco use and morbidity and mortality, health professional schools have historically failed to integrate tobacco cessation into their curricula.  To aid in filling this educational gap, we are providing a suite of continuing education programs, designed to help clinicians integrate tobacco cessation into routine patient care activities.

It is our hope that the activities that are already a part of our CE program as well as the new initiatives we are developing will meet your needs as you "navigate the waters" in building your own portfolio, which will continue to enhance your personal professional development.


Marlene Heeg, M.Ed.
Managing Director
Continuing Education and Professional Development
Purdue University College of Pharmacy
601 Stadium Mall Drive, PUSH 336
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2052
P: 765.494.1474
F: 765.494.0802
E: mheeg@purdue.edu