DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS  
DIRECTOR'S OFFICE  
PHARMACY – PHARMACIST CONTINUING EDUCATION  
(By authority conferred on the department of licensing and regulatory affairs by sections  
16145, 16148, 16184, 16201, 16204, 16205, 17731, 17737, and 17767 of the public  
health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.16145, 333.16148, 333.16184, 333.16201,  
333.16204, 333.16205, 333.17731, 333.17737, and 333.17767, and  
Executive  
Reorganization Order Nos. 1991-9, 1996-2, 2003-1, and 2011-4, MCL 338.3501,  
445.2001, 445.2011, and 445.2030)  
R 338.3041 License renewals; continuing education requirements; applicability.  
Rule 1. (1) These rules apply to applications for renewal of a pharmacist's license and a  
special retired volunteer pharmacist’s license under sections 16201 and 16184 of the  
code, MCL 333.16201 and 333.16184. A licensee seeking renewal shall comply with all  
of the following:  
(a) Submit a completed application on a form provided by the department, together  
with the requisite fee.  
(b) Beginning with renewals on January 1, 2020, an applicant for license renewal shall  
have completed a 1-time training identifying victims of human trafficking as required in  
R 338.511 and section 16148 of the code, MCL 333.16148.  
(c) An applicant for license renewal, who also applies for a controlled substance  
license, shall have completed a 1-time training in opioids and other controlled substances  
awareness as required in R 338.3135.  
(d) An applicant for license renewal, who has been licensed for the 2-year period  
immediately preceding the end of the license cycle, shall furnish the board with  
satisfactory evidence that the applicant completed not less than 30 hours of continuing  
education approved by the board, under R 338.3043 and R 338.3044, during the 2 years  
immediately preceding the application for renewal, which must comply with all of the  
following:  
(i) An applicant for license renewal shall complete at least 1 hour of the 30 required  
hours of continuing education in pharmacy ethics and jurisprudence. This paragraph  
applies only to renewals after December 30, 2020.  
(ii) An applicant for license renewal shall complete a minimum of 10 hours of the 30  
required hours of continuing education by attending live courses or programs that provide  
for direct interaction between faculty and participants, including but not limited to,  
lectures, symposia, live teleconferences, and workshops.  
(iii) An applicant for license renewal shall complete at least 1 hour of the 30 required  
hours of continuing education in pain and symptom management, as required under  
section 16204(2) of the code, MCL 333.16204(2). Continuing education in pain and  
symptom management includes, but is not limited to, courses in behavior management,  
psychology of pain, pharmacology, behavior modification, stress management, clinical  
applications, and drug interventions as they relate to professional practice.  
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(iv) An applicant for license renewal shall earn no more than 12 hours of continuing  
education during a 24-hour period.  
(v) An applicant for license renewal shall not earn credit for taking the same  
continuing education course or program twice during 1 renewal period.  
(2) Submission of an application for renewal constitutes the applicant’s certification of  
compliance with the requirements of this rule. An applicant shall retain documentation of  
meeting the requirements of this rule for a period of 4 years from the date of applying for  
license renewal. The board may require an applicant to submit evidence to demonstrate  
compliance with this rule. Failure to comply with this rule is a violation of section  
16221(h) of the code, MCL 333.16221(h).  
(3) A request for a waiver under section 16205 of the code, MCL 333.16205, must be  
received by the department before the expiration date of the license.  
(4) Except as otherwise stated, this rule takes effect upon promulgation of the rules.  
History: 1979 AC; 2007 AACS; 2020 MR 24, Eff. Dec 22, 2020.  
R 338.3042 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1997 AACS.  
R 338.3043 Continuing education courses and programs; standards for approval.  
Rule 3. The board shall approve continuing education courses or programs pursuant to  
the following standards in this rule:  
(a) A continuing education course or program sponsor shall submit a completed  
application on forms provided by the department and provide a “Patient Protection” form  
for any course or program that involves treatment of live patients.  
(b) A completed application form shall be submitted to the department at least 70 days  
prior to the date the continuing education course or program is conducted and 70 days  
prior to the next regularly scheduled board meeting for the proposed continuing education  
to be considered for approval by the board. A continuing education course or program  
conducted prior to board consideration will not be approved.  
(c) A continuing education course or program must meet the standards and criteria for  
an acceptable category of continuing education under this rule and R 338.3044 and must  
be relevant to health care and advancement of the licensee’s pharmacy education.  
(d) A continuing education course or program must be a planned learning program  
designed to promote the continual development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes on the  
part of the pharmacist. The course or program must be an individual organized  
educational experience under responsible sponsorship and capable direction and must  
provide qualified instruction.  
(e) A continuing education course or program shall be developed and presented by a  
sponsor and must provide all of the following:  
(i) Administrative support that ensures maintenance and availability of adequate  
records of participation.  
(ii) An adequate budget and resources.  
(iii) Appropriate, qualified, competent teaching staff.  
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(iv) A statement of educational goals or measurable behavioral objectives, or both.  
(v) Delivery methods that allow for active participation and involvement.  
(vi) Appropriate, adequate facilities.  
(vii) Evaluations of the participant and the provider.  
(f) The continuing education course or program must include study in 1 or more of the  
following subjects:  
(i) Social, psychological, economic, and legal aspects of health care delivery.  
(ii) The properties and actions of drugs and dosage forms.  
(iii) Etiology, characteristics, and therapeutics of the disease state.  
(iv) Emergency skills related to the health and safety of the patient.  
(v) Specialized professional services.  
(vi) Other areas of study that the board finds are designed to maintain or enhance a  
pharmacist's ability to deliver competent pharmacy services.  
(g) Board approval is valid for a 3-year term of approval from the date of approval.  
(h) The board shall reevaluate an approved continuing education course or program  
prior to any changes during the approval term, including but not limited to, changes to  
either of the following:  
(i) Instructors and speakers.  
(ii) Course or program content, title, and number of continuing education hours to be  
awarded to participants.  
(i) Subject to subdivision (j) of this rule, all changes to a previously approved course or  
program must be submitted on required department forms at least 70 days prior to the  
date the course or program is offered to participants and 70 days prior to the next  
regularly scheduled board meeting to be considered for approval by the board. Any  
changes to a submitted and previously approved course or program conducted prior to  
board reconsideration and approval will not be approved.  
(j) Emergency changes to instructors and speakers that cannot be submitted to the board  
at least 70 days prior to the date of the course or program may be reviewed by the  
department in consultation with the board chair or a continuing education board  
committee member if proof that is acceptable to the department and that supports the  
nature of the emergency is submitted with the change.  
(k) The specific dates that the course or program will be offered do not require further  
board approval and may be changed without review by the board if the presentation dates  
are within the board’s original 3-year term of approval.  
(l) A sponsor conducting the course or program shall record all of the following on a  
continuing education certificate or other proof prepared by that sponsor:  
(i) The name of the sponsor.  
(ii) Continuing education approval number assigned by the department.  
(iii) Course title or name of the program.  
(iv) Name of the speaker or instructor.  
(v) Date the approved course or program was conducted.  
(vi) Number and type of continuing education hours awarded.  
(vii) Approved sponsor’s signature.  
(viii) Dates of the current approval term.  
(ix) Name of participant.  
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(m) The board may revoke the approval status of any approved course or program at any  
time the course or program fails to comply with these rules.  
History: 1979 AC; 2007 AACS; 2020 MR 24, Eff. Dec 22, 2020.  
R 338.3044 Acceptable continuing education for licensees.  
Rule 4. The board shall consider all of the following as acceptable continuing education:  
ACCEPTABLE CONTINUING EDUCATION ACTIVITIES  
(a) Completion of an approved continuing The number of hours earned will  
education course or program related to the be the number of hours approved  
practice of pharmacy. A continuing education by the sponsor or the approving  
course or program is approved, regardless of organization.  
the format in which it is offered, if it is  
approved or offered for continuing education If the activity was not approved  
credit by any of the following:  
A pharmacy program accredited by the credit hour for every 50 minutes of  
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy participation may be earned.  
for a set number of hours, then 1  
Education (ACPE) or the Canadian Council  
for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs No limitation on the number of  
(CCAPP).  
continuing  
hours earned.  
A
education  
sponsoring  
organization, institution, or individual  
approved by the ACPE.  
Another state board of pharmacy.  
If audited, a licensee shall submit a copy of a  
letter or certificate of completion showing the  
licensee’s name, number of hours earned,  
sponsor name or the name of the organization  
that approved the program or activity for  
continuing education credit, and the date on  
which the program was held, or activity  
completed.  
(b) Completion of postgraduate pharmacy Twelve hours of continuing  
practice or administration courses offered for education will be earned for each  
credit in a pharmacy school accredited by the academic quarter credit earned and  
ACPE or the CCAPP.  
18 hours will be earned for each  
academic semester credit earned.  
If audited, a licensee shall submit an official  
transcript that reflects completion of the No limitation on the number of  
postgraduate pharmacy practice or hours earned.  
administration course and number of semester  
or quarter credit hours earned.  
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(c) Participation in a home study program offered One hour will be earned for each  
through an ACPE-approved provider or other hour devoted to a home study  
instructional approaches that include an program.  
evaluation component including, but not  
limited to, on-line continuing education  
programs and journal articles.  
A maximum of 20 hours per  
renewal period.  
If audited, a licensee shall submit an affidavit  
attesting to the number of hours the licensee  
spent participating in the home study program  
that includes a description of the activity.  
(d) Participation as a preceptor for at least 1 Five hours of continuing education  
pharmacy intern. may be earned for a minimum of  
120 hours in person of  
A preceptorship shall be for a minimum of preceptorship in each renewal  
120 hours in person and have a 1 intern - to - period.  
1 preceptor ratio. This may involve multiple  
preceptor relationships at different times.  
A maximum of 5 hours may be  
earned in each renewal period.  
If audited, a licensee shall submit written  
documentation  
from  
the  
educational  
institution or preceptor’s supervisor verifying  
the dates and hours of the preceptorship.  
(e) Renewal of a pharmacy license held in Thirty hours will be earned.  
another state that requires continuing  
education for license renewal that is A maximum of 30 hours may be  
substantially equivalent in subject matter and earned in each renewal period.  
total amount of required hours to that  
required in these rules if the licensee resides  
and practices in another state.  
If audited, a licensee shall submit proof of  
current licensure in another state and a copy  
of a letter or certificate of completion  
showing all of the following: the licensee’s  
name, number of hours earned, the sponsor’s  
name or the name of the organization that  
approved the program or activity for  
continuing education credit, and the date on  
which the program was held or the activity  
was completed.  
(f) Initial publication of an article or a chapter Ten hours will be earned per  
related to the practice of pharmacy in either publication.  
of the following:  
A pharmacy textbook.  
A peer reviewed journal.  
A maximum of 10 hours may be  
earned in each renewal period.  
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If audited, a licensee shall submit a copy of  
the publication that identifies the licensee as  
the author or a publication acceptance letter.  
(g) Successful completion of a board certification Ten hours may be earned in the  
national pharmacy examination through year in which the licensee  
Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS).  
achieves a passing score.  
If audited, a licensee shall submit proof of a A maximum of 20 hours may be  
passing score on the examination.  
earned in each renewal period.  
Credit will not be given for  
repeating the same examination  
twice in a renewal period.  
(h) Presentation of a continuing education Two hours for every 50 minutes  
program approved by the board under R devoted to presenting the program.  
338.3043 or subdivision (a) of this rule that is  
not a part of the licensee’s regular job A maximum of 10 hours will be  
description.  
earned in each renewal period.  
If audited, a licensee shall submit a copy of  
the curriculum and a letter from the program  
sponsor verifying the length and date of the  
presentation.  
(i) Attendance at a pharmacy-related program The number of hours earned will  
that is approved by the board pursuant to R be the number of hours approved  
338.3043.  
by the sponsor or the approving  
organization.  
If audited, a licensee shall submit a copy of a  
letter or certificate of completion showing the If the activity was not approved  
licensee’s name, number of hours earned, for a set number of hours, then 1  
sponsor name or the name of the organization credit hour for every 50 minutes of  
that approved the program or course for participation may be earned.  
continuing education credit, and the date on  
which the program was held or the activity No limitation on the number of  
was completed.  
hours earned.  
History: 1979 AC; 1982 AACS; 2007 AACS; 2020 MR 24, Eff. Dec 22, 2020.  
R 338.3045 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 2020 MR 24, Eff. Dec 22, 2020.  
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