Keep Up! Hormonal Contraception

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General Information

Keep Up! is an on-demand and interactive professional development program created with the busy pharmacist in mind. Keep Up! is ACPE accredited and designed to be completed in 30 minutes, with two to three short mini-lessons on timely topics relevant to pharmacists in all practice settings. The series consists of six modules.

Activity Preview

Several states have empowered pharmacists to prescribe or provide hormonal contraception under protocol in order to reduce barriers for patients who wish to receive an effective contraceptive method. Greater access to hormonal contraception could reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy and infant mortality. While many pharmacists would like to offer hormonal contraception to their patients, it is important to understand the state laws that govern this practice, to be knowledgeable about the available contraceptive options, and be able to assess a patient to determine her eligibility for hormonal contraception. During this brief tutorial, you'll learn about:

  • Current trends in state laws which govern direct access to hormonal contraception provided by pharmacists
  • The United States Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use and how to apply these guidelines to patient care
  • How to engage in conversations with patients about their preferences and concerns regarding hormonal contraception and to facilitate selection of an appropriate method

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explain current trends in pharmacist prescribed hormonal contraception in the United States
  • Describe how the United States Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (US MEC) is used to identify medically appropriate hormonal contraceptive methods
  • Given a patient case, identify key factors that need to be discussed with a patient in order to determine the appropriateness and selection of a hormonal contraception method

Activity type: Knowledge-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists
Learning Level: 2

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following online activity is approved for 0.5 contact hour(s) of CPE credit (0.5 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-20-272-H01-P

To obtain credit for completing Keep Up! Hormonal Contraception, complete the learning activity, evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript. 

Initial release date: September 15, 2020
Expiration date: September 15, 2023  - No credit can be claimed after this date


Keep Up! Hormonal Contraception is an online educational activity for pharmacists developed by the University of Mississippi in partnership with the American Pharmacists Association. The executive producer for this online activity is Stuart T. Haines, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP.  © 2020, University of Mississippi and American Pharmacists Association


Stuart T. Haines, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP and Rebecca H. Stone, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, visit the APhA website at

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, BA, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, Director of Content Development & Partnership at the American Pharmacists Association. 


The fee is $12 for APhA members and $15 for non-members.

Additional Package:

  • Special Member Pricing: Get the Keep Up! Series (six first modules) for only $36.00, or $12.00 à la carte 
  • Non-Member Pricing: Get the Keep Up! Series (six first modules) $45.00, or $15.00 à la carte

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-20-272-H01-P 0.05 CEUs September 15, 2020 - September 15, 2023