TAMPA, FL, March 9, 2015 — The Specialty Pharma Education Center (SPEC), a global leader in specialty pharmacy education, announced that it no longer requires users to be members of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) to access the education center.
The move paves the way for greater participation in accredited post-graduate medical, pharmacy and nursing education in specialty medicines – one of the most rapidly evolving areas of healthcare today, where there is an urgent and ongoing need for reliable, accredited education.
Previously, SPEC education was exclusive to NASP members. On February 11, 2015, the organizations officially terminated the exclusive relationship and affiliation.
“The specialty market is rapidly evolving, and now more than ever, healthcare professionals require education regarding these complex conditions,” said Dr. Stanley Watkins, MD, and Chief Medical Officer of the Specialty Pharma Education Center. “Now that we are no longer exclusive to a particular group, we hope to expand our user base even further.”
The move to make SPEC programming free of charge underscores the organization’s commitment to educating healthcare professionals with a mission to improve health outcomes of specialty patients. SPEC focuses on specialty and rare diseases, incorporating how to use precision medicine and technological advances to manage, as well as measure, patient outcomes.
SPEC’s nearly 300 hours of accredited education covers a broad spectrum of specialty topics, with over 135 programs in more than 30 therapeutic categories. All specialty programs offered by SPEC are accepted by the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) to meet the educational requirements to apply for the Certified Specialty Pharmacist™ (CSP™) credential. The Certified Specialty Pharmacist™ (CSP™) credential is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
Additionally, all SPEC education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to meet professional state licensure requirements.
The global leader in accredited specialty education for professionals, SPEC is committed to developing and disseminating live, print, and web-based CE/CME programs with 135 programs in more than 30 therapeutic categories. SPEC designs its educational programs to address the identified continuing education needs of healthcare professionals based on industry conducted needs assessments and gap analysis of therapeutic areas in the specialty market, emerging technologies and key healthcare policy/legislation.
For more information on SPEC, visit: www.specialtycme.org.