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Oregon State University Launches New Online Learning System For Pharmacy Managers
Date:6/15/2012

CORVALLIS, Ore., June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Oregon State University (OSU) has unveiled an online course for pharmacists, designed to improve their management and human resource abilities while providing a valuable continuing education opportunity.

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OSU's College of Pharmacy and College of Business designed the course, Management & HR Skills for Pharmacists, and worked with OSU Professional and Noncredit Education to create the web-based learning environment.

Once registered, participants can access the course 24/7. The environment utilizes an interactive learning design, featuring multimedia storytelling to help prepare pharmacy participants for future managerial and human resources tasks. Course content is updated regularly to reflect the most recent research and regulations.

"Today's pharmacist works in a fast-paced and outcomes-oriented health care environment," says Paige Clark, Director of Alumni Relations and Professional Development for the OSU College of Pharmacy.  "They need business and leadership skills to navigate the challenges of their increasingly complex workplace. Pharmacies that employ graduates of this course will profit from improved critical management skills, optimized teamwork, and decreased risk and cost of turnover."

The new offering provides participants with an opportunity to satisfy pharmaceutical continuing education requirements. Enrollees can earn 1.8 continuing education units upon completion of the 18-hour course.

The course teaches pharmacy participants how to:

  1. Employ leadership, staffing and decision-making skills to generate a high-performance working environment.
  2. Apply skills learned to enhance the development and productivity of pharmacy team members through coaching, motivation and feedback.
  3. Manage the pharmacy and pharmacy team in accordance with the highest standards and in compliance with employment law.

The course facilitator is taught Michele Swift, Ph.D., assistant professor in management at OSU. Swift brings her insights from 15 years of human resources experience to the course.

This program has been planned and implemented in accordance with the policies of the Accreditation Council on Pharmaceutical Education through the sponsorship of the OSU College of Pharmacy.  The OSU College of Pharmacy is approved by the Accreditation Council on Pharmaceutical Education as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education.

About the OSU College of Pharmacy: The College of Pharmacy prepares students of today to be the pharmacy practitioners and pharmaceutical sciences researchers of tomorrow by contributing to improved health, advancing patient care and the discovery and understanding of medicines.

About the OSU College of Business: The College of Business educates students for success in managing and developing sustainable, innovative enterprises in a dynamic economy. With strong graduate and undergraduate programs, internationally recognized scholarly research, and an emphasis on experiential learning, the college helps students and businesses succeed.

About OSU Professional and Noncredit Education: OSU Professional and Noncredit Education provides education and training for businesses, organizations, associations and professionals anywhere throughout the state and beyond. The majority of professional and noncredit students are focused on continuing education: licensure recertification, professional development and personal enrichment.

Media Contact: Paige Clark, RPh. Oregon State University, 541-736-6607, Paige.Clark@oregonstate.edu

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