• 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 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. Most pharmacists don’t feel they have been adequately trained with respect to self-care therapy, especially those products that have been part of the OTC arsenal for a long time.

    About Professor Pete. Professor Pete Kreckel is an anomaly in our profession; he works in independent pharmacy where he has been a store manager for his entire career. In 2005 he began teaching at St. Francis University in the Physician Assistant Sciences Department. He teaches live on Thursday mornings and has had over 600 Physician Assistant students complete his rigorous courses in pharmacology.

    Pete has also precepted over 40 student pharmacists from the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University. He and his students make frequent trips to the front of the store to review every product category on his shelves. For his contributions to the academic success of his students, he was awarded in 2012 the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association “Preceptor of the Year” as well as the National Community Pharmacist Association’s (NCPA) in 2014. So often in our educational careers we sense the disconnect between academia and those pharmacists with their “boots on the ground.”
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    About SCS. This 20-hour specialty certificate, consisting of 15 activities, will be an in-depth exploration of the self-care products arranged by therapeutic category. There will also be 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”. When you enroll in this course, you can sense yourself standing in his 1,200 square foot drug store with this experienced pharmacist as you sharpen your self-care clinical skills.

    To qualify as a Self-Care Specialist, one must enroll in each of the two (2) live SCS webinars given throughout the year (or SCS home study webcasts) and successfully complete the thirteen (13) additional webcasts. Once all requirements have been completed, the participant 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 $130 for members, $392 for non-members
    • Once you have completed the specialty certificate, you are eligible to claim a sharable digital badge. Learn more about badges here.
    • 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 20 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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