• Join Professor Pete through each aisle of the pharmacy in the Self-Care Specialist (SCS) Specialty Certificate Curriculum!

    Pharmacists have long been dubbed the “drug experts.” Community pharmacists especially are expected to be well-versed in prescription and over-the-counter drug therapies. Most schools of pharmacy offer a two-credit course covering this topic, and most pharmacists don’t feel they have been adequately trained in self-care therapy, especially in those products that have been part of the OTC arsenal for a long time.
    About Professor Pete. "Professor Pete" Kreckel is a practicing retail pharmacist who works in Lemont Furnace Pennsylvania. He works for a five-store, family-operated chain in Southwestern Pennsylvania, where he serves as Director of Clinical services.

    Both he and his wife, Denise are 1981 graduates of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. He has worked independent retail pharmacy for over 40 years. He taught Pharmacology in the Physician Assistant program at St. Francis University for 16 years. He has been a regular PharmCon favorite since 2008, covering topics of primary interest to the community pharmacist.

    He was inducted into Pi Alpha, the Physician Assistant honorary fraternity, and was named as "Preceptor of the Year" by the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association both in 2012 and 2019 for his dedicated work to the education of pharmacy students from Duquesne University, and from his Alma mater the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Kreckel was also named the 2014 Preceptor of the Year by the NCPA, as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Pitt’s School of Pharmacy in 2015. Professor Pete has also created an intensive Self-Care Specialty course focusing on over-the-counter therapy designed to make you a better community pharmacist.

    Kreckel has strived to better this profession through education of community pharmacists and advocacy in patient care.

    Self Care Specialist

    About SCS. This 18.75-hour specialty certificate, consisting of 15 activities, is an in-depth exploration of pharmaceutical self-care products, arranged by therapeutic category. This program also contains a smattering of product history, along with the connection to the prescription department. Pete’s tagline on his business card reads “where academia and community pharmacy meet”, and when you enroll in this course, you can sense yourself standing with this experienced pharmacist in his 1,200-square-foot drug store as you sharpen your self-care clinical skills.

    To qualify as a Self-Care Specialist, you must enroll in one of the live SCS webinars given throughout the year (or SCS home study webcast alternative) and successfully complete the fourteen (14) additional webcasts. Once all requirements have been completed, you must pass a final comprehensive exam (70% or better) to earn their Self-Care Specialist Certificate of Completion.

    Some important notes to remember regarding the Self-Care Specialist (SCS) Specialty Certificate:

    • Registration costs $177 for members, $277 for non-members
    • Once you have completed the specialty certificate, you are eligible to claim a sharable, digital Credly badge.
    • This program's final exam consists of 100 unique multiple-choice questions.
    • You have only three (3) attempts to pass the final exam.
    • You may not leave the final exam in the middle and return at a later time.
    • The final exam has no time limit; however, we recommend that you write the answers down in case you lose your Internet connection or get interrupted while taking the exam.
    • You will earn continuing education credit as you complete each activity, totaling 18.75 credits upon final completion of all required activities.
    • You will have 12 months to complete the specialty certificate before it expires from your account.
    • This series certificate is not accredited for pharmacy technicians



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