District of Columbia Pharmacists CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

Dist. Columbia Pharmacists / Pharmacy Technicians

In support of improving patient care, NetCE is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The District of Columbia Department of Health Board of Pharmacy accepts courses from any provider who is ACPE accredited.

Continuing Education Requirement

NetCE will report your credit to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), provided that you add your NABP e-Profile ID and date of birth to your account. If you select to opt out of entering this information, you agree to not hold NetCE responsible for reporting your credit.

Pharmacists are required 40 hours every two years, 30 of which may be completed by home study.*

Requirements include:

  • 2 hours in HIV every two years.
  • 2 hours in medication and dispensing errors every two years.
  • 2 hours in cultural competency focused on patients or clients who identify as LGBTQ every two years.

Pharmacists with authority to immunize and vaccinate must complete 2 hours relevant to the administration of immunizations and vaccinations every two years.

Pharmacy Technicians are required 20 hours every two years, all of which may be completed by home study.*

Requirements include:

  • 2 hours in pharmacy law every two years.
  • 2 hours in medication safety every two years.
  • 2 hours in cultural competency focused on patients or clients who identify as LGBTQ every two years.

All licensees must complete 10% of the total hours required for renewal on topics designated by the Director of the DOH as a public health priority. Pharmacists must complete 4 hours and pharmacy technicians must complete 2 hours.
Current topics include:

NEW Effective August 11, 2021, the DC Department of Health now requires all licensees to complete 2 contact hours of continuing education on COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and effectiveness on or before September 30, 2021.

*NetCE courses are considered home study.

For More Information

Please contact the District of Columbia Department of Health Board of Pharmacy at (202) 442-5955, or visit their website at https://doh.dc.gov/node/185772.