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Controlled Substance Prescribing: Focus on Analgesics

Controlled Substance Prescribing:  Focus on Analgesics

Course Expiration Date: 12/31/19

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

 If you are purchasing this course the cost is $50.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: This course is intended to increase the participant's knowledge of federal and state laws or regulations associated with controlled substances and recognize the appropriate use with the APN practice and to demonstrate knowledge of common pharmacologic categories of analgesics.

Instructor: Dr. Claire DeCristofaro, Clinical Assistant Professor, DND Program, College of Nursing, MUSC

Target Audience: Nurses and other healthcare professionals

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Distinguish the federal and state laws and/or regulations associated with the prescription of controlled substances and recognize appropriate use within APN practice. 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of common pharmacologic categories of analgesics and the potential adverse effects for these drugs.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the use of analgesics in pain management, including requirements for documentation.

Length of Course: 120 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 2.0 contact hours and 2.0 pharmacology hours.

Other: This educational offering provides 0.20 CEUs (2.0 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses.  There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.


Falling For High Risk Medications

Falling for High Risk Medications

Course Expiration Date: 2/28/22

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $25 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description:  This program explores medications that are considered high risk in select patient populations and provides the participant with the knowledge to evaluate drug therapy for patients taking high risk medications to improve patient safety.  Common medications which increase falls in the older adult population and how to properly manage these medications to reduce falls will be discussed.

Instructor: Kristy L. Brittain, PharmD, BCPS, CDE

Target Audience: RN and other interested healthcare providers

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify medications considered high risk in select patient populations.
  • Evaluate drug therapy for patients taking high risk medications to improve patient safety.
  • Analyze methods to reduce the risk of falls in the elderly.

Credit Statements:

 Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This continuing education activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour for licensed nurses and 1.0 pharmacology hour.

Certified Medical Assistants: This program,134790, has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medial Assistants (AAMA) for 1.0 clinical CEU. Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the program content of the program's sponsor.

Pharmacy and Pharmacy Technician Credit: ACPE-UAN #0171-9999-19-095-L01-P&T 1.0 CE Hours. Initial Release Date 8/9/19-8/9/2022.

Please note: You will be prompted for your NABPE e-profile ID. Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians are required to obtain this number; please go to http://www.nabp.net/programs/cpe-monitor/cpe-monitor-service/ for more information and to register with CPE Monitor. **To take the form you must login or create a login

Payment Link –

Please use the link below for participants to pay for the CE course and get credit.  Please ensure they select the correct CE.

 Click Here: AHEC Journal CE

 Upon successful completion of the Journal CE test (administered by AHEC), your credits will be uploaded to the CPE monitor site within 3 weeks of your submission.  Should you have any questions, please contact us at sandy@scrx.org 


Others: This educational offering provides 0.10 CEU (1.0 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses.  There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.


Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives 2018 Update

Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) 2018 Update

UPDATED 2018


Course Expiration Date: 5/31/22

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

 If you are purchasing this course the cost is $25.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: This course is intended to increase the participant's knowledge of long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) available in the United States, discuss the CDC US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraception, discuss how to provide contraceptive counseling without coercion and how to manage the side effects of LARCs.

Instructor: Tracy P. George, DNP, APRN-BC, CNE, Assistant Professor of Nursing/Francis Marion University & Nurse Practitioner- SC
DHEC Marion County Health Department

Target Audience: Nurses and other healthcare professionals

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the LARCs available in the United States.

  • Discuss the Centers for Disease control and Prevention's (CDC) US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraception.

  • Discuss how to provide contraceptive counseling without coercion.
  • Explain how to manage the common side effects of LARCs.

Length of Course: 40 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 0.6  contact hour and 0.6 pharmacology hour.

Other: This educational offering provides 0.06 CEUs (0.6 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses.  There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.


Pharmacology for Therapists

Pharmacology for Therapists

Course Expiration Date: 5/31/21

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

 If you are purchasing this course the cost is $150 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: This course provides a brief overview of medication classes by body system and diseases.  The course provides a brief description of diseases and lists specific medication classes for treatment and/or management.  Both generic and brand names are listed, as well as side effects and adverse effects.  Interventions the therapist must be aware of are outlined for each medication group.

Course Requirements

This course consists of different activities:

1. Complete all the Pre-Tests and submit.

2. Watch the course presentations. You do not need to be online at a particular time to watch your course. When you purchase a course it will be available to you for up to one year.  You may log into the web site at any time and as many times as you would like to view the presentation. You do not have to take the course in one sitting.  You may take the course at your own pace. 

3. Complete the Post-Test and submit. You must score an 80% or higher on the post-test in order to pass the course.

4. Complete and submit the self-assessment.

5. Complete the course evaluation and submit.

6. Print a certificate of completion. You will not be able to print your certificate of completion until all the course requirements are met.  This includes completion of the pre-test, viewing the presentation for the complete length of time, completion and passing the post-test with an 80% or higher, complete the self-assessment, and completion of the evaluation. 

Instructor: Jennifer C Walker RN, MSN

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Respiratory Therapists

Educational Level: introductory, Intermediate or Advanced

Prerequisites:  None

Length of Course:  6.0 hours

Classification Code:  Classification Code 2 Occupational Therapy Process

Learning Outcomes: 

  • The therapist will distinguish brand name and generic name of at least 3 of the patient’s medications from at least one of the 8 body systems in the course.
  • Given a scenario in which the patient experiences orthostatic hypotension, dizziness and lightheadedness, especially when changing positions, the participant will plan a therapy regimen around the side effects.
  • Given a scenario in which a patient is taking a diuretic medication the participant will design a plan of care which includes at least 3 interventions that address the implications of the medication.

Credit Statements:

Occupational Therapy:   Upstate AHEC is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education.  AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

This course has been assigned 0.6 AOTA CEU’s (6.0 clock hours). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

 Respiratory Care Practitioners: 6.0 clock hours will be awarded by Upstate AHEC, an approved provider of continuing education for respiratory care practitioners by the SC Board of Medical Examiners.


The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses.  There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.

Pharmacology Update for Nurses

Pharmacology Update for Nurses

Course Expiration Date: 9/30/2021

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $125.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: This course provides a brief overview of medication classes by body system and diseases.  It provides a brief description of diseases and lists specific medication classes for treatment and/or management.  The course then lists specific medications, both generic and brand name, side effects and adverse effects.  Finally, interventions for all healthcare providers are outlined for each medication group.

Instructor: Toni Malpass RN, MSN

Target Audience: Nurses and other interested healthcare providers

Length of Course:  5.5 hours

Learning Outcomes:  At the end of this presentation the learner will be able to:

  • list medications for specific diseases.
  • list side effects and adverse effects for medications.
  • discuss interventions for medications.

Credit Statements:

 Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 5.5 contact hours.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses.  There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.


Prescription Drug Monitoring and Naloxone Use in Opioid Overdose

Prescription Drug Monitoring and Naloxone Use in Opioid Overdose

Course Expiration Date: 9/30/2021

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

 If you are purchasing this course the cost is $25.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: This course will increase participant knowledge regarding opioid prescription guidelines, the use of naloxone in opioid overdose, and prescription drug

monitoring as a tool for reducing prescription drug abuse. 

Instructor: Kristy Brittain, PharmD, BCPS, CDE

Target Audience: Nurses and other healthcare professionals

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the opioid crisis as it relates to South Carolina.
  • Discuss the role of Naloxone in prescription opioid therapy.

Length of Course: 60 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1.0 contact hours and 1.0 pharmacology hours.

Certified Medical Assistants: This program, #134789 has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medial Assistants (AAMA) for 1.0 clinical CEU. Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the program content of the program's sponsor.

Other: This educational offering provides 0.10 CEUs (1.0 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses.  There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.

Rebooting Perspectives on Pain Management: Control, Alt, Delete

Rebooting Perspectives on Pain Management: Control, Alt, Delete

Course Expiration Date: 12/31/19

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $75 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: This course is designed to review current pharmacologic therapy options for the treatment of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

Instructor: Kristy Brittain PharmD, BCPS, CDE

Target Audience: RN and other interested healthcare providers

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the opioid epidemic
  • Identify methods to reduce opioid use among specific populations
  • Recommend appropriate alternative methods for treating pain
Length of Course: 180 minutes

Credit Statements:

 Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This continuing education activity is approved for  3.0 contact hours for licensed nurses and 3.0 pharmacology hours.

Others: This educational offering provides 0.30 CEU (3.0 clock hours) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses.  There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.


Reproductive Needs: Finding the Right Time

Reproductive Needs: Finding The Right Time

Course Expiration Date: 9/30/2021

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

 If you are purchasing this course the cost is $60 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: This course is intended to increase the participant's knowledge patient's pharmacological reproductive needs.

Instructor: Debby Mills, MS, CNS, RNC-OB with Consultant Lisa Miller PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Target Audience: Nurses and other healthcare professionals

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

•Discuss the NP’s treatment approach for couples with infertility caused by an ovulatory disorder.
•Identify various contraceptive options and clinical considerations when counseling patients seeking to avoid pregnancy.
•Discuss the use of emergency contraception.
•Identify effective contraceptive options for the postpartum patient.

Length of Course: 2 hours 15 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 2.25  contact hour and 2.25 pharmacology hours.

Other: This educational offering provides 0.225 CEUs (2.25 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses.  There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.

Updated Glucose Lowering Medications for the Treatment of Diabetes

Glucose Lowering Medications Used in the Treatment of Diabetes

Course Expiration Date: 9/30/2021

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

 If you are purchasing this course the cost is $40  payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to have a better understanding of medications that control diabetes including ADA and AACE treatment algorithms.

Instructor: Tommy Johnson, Pharm D, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE

Target Audience: Nurses and other interested healthcare professionals

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • compare the differences in treatment recommendations from the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
  • list the oral medications used in lowering blood glucose levels including the class, generic, brand name, main actions, side effects, and contraindications.
  • differentiate between GLP-1 receptor antagonists and the amylinomimetics in their actions on blood glucose and their side effect and contraindication profile.
  • discuss the onset, peak and duration of action of commercially available insulin and when their glucose lowering effects take place.

Length of Course: 100 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1.7 contact hours and 1.7 pharmacology hours

Other: This educational offering provides 0 .17 CEUs (1.7 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses.  There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.