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Specialty Pharmacy Education Center endorsed by Roosevelt University

Posted: 08/01/2013

Alexandria, VA, July 23, 2013 - The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy™ (NASP™) announced today that the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy has endorsed the Specialty Pharmacy Education Center (SPEC), NASP’s online educational center, and will accept the course content for academic credit starting this fall.
“As an organization, NASP is developing and offering innovative programs that focus on the unique needs of the Specialty Pharmacy community,” said George E. MacKinnon III,  PhD, RPh, FASHP, founding dean and professor in Roosevelt University’s College of Pharmacy.

“We look forward to working with NASP to promote and expand its educational offerings for our students, in particular those programs that prepare our graduates for the emerging model of specialty pharmacy practice.”
SPEC provides educational programming for all healthcare professionals and provides enhanced career development opportunities, including preparation for certification as a Certified Specialty Pharmacist ™. For information, visit

The goal of the content, developed by leaders in Specialty Pharmacy and the various therapeutic categories, is to create an awareness of the quality of life issues for the specialty patient and the care management programs to address them.
More than 250 hours of Specialty Pharmacy education is being developed by more than 75 faculty experts from pharmacy schools and specialty pharmacies. Each therapeutic area offers a certificate program, and will also qualify for educational requirements for taking the CSP exam, which will be offered in October of this year.

“This is an important milestone for NASP and for the industry because of how fast this industry is expanding, and the need to educate students who will be the future leaders of pharmacy,” said Gary M. Cohen, BSPharm, RPh, NASP CEO, said.

“As the needs of patients increases, so too will the demand for better educated pharmacists who are knowledgeable and skilled in the specialty arena to provide the quality care needed to improve patient outcomes. It is important to start training future pharmacists at the college level to better prepare them for the expanding role in specialty pharmacy.”

NASP members receive complimentary access to SPEC.
MacKinnon and Roosevelt University will also support NASP’s efforts to expand opportunities for students in the Specialty Pharmacy industry by investigating an advisory council made up of deans of pharmacy schools and opportunities available for student chapters.
NASP, founded in 2012, represents specialty pharmacy professionals in all practice settings and highlights the unique value its members bring to patients and the healthcare system by focusing on building collaboration among all industry associations to improve patient outcomes.

Specialty pharmacy is the fastest growing segment in the industry today and NASP provides valuable benefits to members by creating a strong, unified voice for all stakeholders. Through the Specialty Pharmacy Education Center (SPEC), NASP offers education specific to specialty pharmacy in more than 20 therapeutic categories.

SPEC also provides education needed to earn and maintain professional certification through the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB).  For more information visit or contact Gary Cohen at