ASPEN's education programs and resources are designed to support interdisciplinary health care professionals seeking to assess, augment, or confirm their knowledge of clinical nutrition and nutrition support both in clinical practice and research settings. Many of these programs offer continuing education (CE) credit for physicians, dietitians, nurses, and pharmacists.
Programs Offering CE Credit
In support of improving patient care, The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
ASPEN, Provider AM005, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Dietitians may post comments on ASPEN's accredited programs on www.cdrnet.org.
ASPEN is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Nursing, provider number CEP3970.
ASPEN's continuing education programs also offer AMA PRA Category 1™ Credits.
Claiming CE Credit and CE Transcripts
You can submit for credit and track earned CE credits for ASPEN education programs in ASPEN's eLearning Center. The only exception is the Self-Assessment Program, where the CE credit is tracked within that program
Pharmacist CPE Monitor
CPE Monitor® is a national, collaborative effort by ACPE and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to provide an electronic system for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credits. It offers state boards of pharmacy the opportunity to electronically authenticate the CPE units completed by their licensees, rather than requiring pharmacists and technicians to submit their proof of completion statements upon request or for random audits.
Procedures for Compliance with the CPE Monitor®
- The NABP e-profile is completed by the pharmacist and/or technician via the NABP website. The pharmacist and/or technician will give the NABP e-PID number to ASPEN when registering and/or completing a CPE activity.
- Pharmacists claiming credit with ASPEN can provide their NABP e-PID and birthday (MMDD) each time credit is claimed for an education program. Pharmacists are also encouraged to add this information to their personal profile with ASPEN by logging in to the ASPEN website then clicking your name in the upper right corner to access the "Edit my Profile" option.
- It is the responsibility of the pharmacist to obtain and submit the correct NABP e-PID and birthday (MMDD) to ASPEN. The provider’s responsibility is to provide the information they have received to ACPE in electronic format.
- The pharmacist will also be responsible to assure that the information in their NABP profile is accurate; much like one checks their credit card bills or bank statements online to verify proper records. Pharmacists are encouraged to monitor their NABP profile regularly as discrepancies that are identified shortly after an activity may be able to be resolved. Those that are beyond the 60-day window for reporting may not be resolved.
- ASPEN has set deadlines for the claiming of CE credit on all activities. These deadlines are in place to ensure reporting to the CPE Monitor® is completed per the required timeframe of 60 days after the activity takes place. These deadlines are not flexible. ASPEN reports pharmacists earned credit to the CPE monitor monthly, usually by the 10th day of the month.
Should a pharmacist not claim credit by the set deadline and subsequently, the information is not reported into the CPE Monitor® within the required 60 days, the credit will not appear in the pharmacist’s NABP profile.
It is possible that the ACPE may permit an override for ASPEN to upload credit claimed to the CPE Monitor® after the deadline, however, ACPE sets the rules on the timing of overrides and whether an override request is granted. Override requests greater than 6 months from the activity date will not be granted by ACPE.
ACPE also assesses a $200 fee per override request that is granted. Because it is the responsibility of the pharmacist to claim credit per the posted deadlines to allow ASPEN to submit credit to the CPE Monitor® in a timely manner, ASPEN will require the pharmacist to pay ASPEN this $200 fee prior to ASPEN submitting an override request to upload the credit that was claimed late. Override requests greater than 6 months from the activity date will not be granted by ACPE.