Advanced 340B Operations Certificate Program Users Guide
Welcome to the Apexus Advanced 340B Operations Certificate Program. Congratulations on choosing to validate your 340B expertise with the leading certification program in the industry. This users guide will explain how to get started in the Certificate Program and detail the requirements for each step of the process.
The Certificate Program provides specialized training, from the industry leader in 340B education, to improve program integrity and compliance and provide solutions for 340B implementation challenges. The curriculum is advanced; therefore, having baseline 340B knowledge is recommended to ensure that you can derive the most benefit from the program.
You do not need any prior enrollment in Apexus education offering(s) to enter the Apexus Advanced 340B Operation Certificate Program (Certificate Program); however, it is recommended you attend a 340B University in person, or watch the 340B University OnDemand modules. This education can serve as a building block to help prepare you for the Operations Certificate Entrance Exam.
Operations Certificate Entrance Exam
To access the Operations Certificate Entrance Exam, sign up or log in to the Apexus Education Portal. For first-time users to sign up, register as either a covered entity or non-covered entity. For returning users, log in using the same username and password as you have used previously for other Apexus online education (i.e., 340B University OnDemand). Note, however, that the login for the Apexus Education Portal is different from that for the 340Bpvp.com website. Once in the Apexus Education Portal, go to the Catalog and enroll in the Operations Certificate Entrance Exam.
The Operations Certificate Entrance Exam is based on the information featured in the 340B University education offerings. A passing score on the entrance exam ensures that you have the prerequisite knowledge needed to enroll in the Certificate Program. The exam consists of 25 multiple choice questions; you will not have the opportunity to go back and change the responses, nor will the correct answers be provided for you. Your score matters, as it determines entrance to the Certificate Program. The passing score is 70%. You may take the exam twice to achieve your score of 70% or higher. Questions for the exam come from a question bank, so they will vary on the first and second attempts. If you receive a second non-passing score, there is a required one-month wait time before retaking the exam. During the wait time, continued preliminary education is recommended (e.g., 340B University or 340B University OnDemand) to help ensure that your foundational 340B knowledge has been solidified. The Apexus Education Portal transcripts section will display your highest passing score.
Upon passing the Operations Certificate Entrance Exam, you will receive an email stating you passed. The email will include a link to register and pay for the certificate program with the following instructions:
- Select the Operations Certificate from the Course Catalog.
- Process payment.
- Take the Operations Certificate Baseline Exam (this score does not count).
- Begin the modules when you are ready.
The registration fee is $750 for individuals from a covered entity and $1,250 for all others, payable by credit card only. Registration is only for individuals who have passed the Operations Certificate Entrance Exam; therefore, a group cannot register and pay together.
The following associations support the Certificate Program in achieving an industry training standard for the 340B Drug Pricing Program that will help drive program integrity and compliance:
- Alliance for Integrated Medication Management (AIMM)
- America’s Essential Hospitals (AEH)
- American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
- National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
Members of these associations are eligible for a $100 discount off the program enrollment fee.
To gain support from your organization, an Enrollment Justification letter template is available to help you communicate the value of the Certificate Program.
Operations Certificate Baseline Exam
Once registered, you are required to take a baseline exam that is based on the level of information featured in the Certificate Program. The exam consists of 40 multiple choice case-based questions and may take up to an hour to complete. You will not have an opportunity to go back and change responses, nor will the correct answers be provided. You will receive your score at the end of the exam. Remember, the score does NOT matter; it simply provides an indication of your baseline understanding of the material covered in the Certificate Program. The exam is available only once; you cannot retake the exam. You must complete the Operations Certificate Baseline Exam before you can access the Certificate Program modules.
Certifiate Program Curriculum Modules
Upon completing the Operations Certificate Baseline Exam, you will gain access to the Certificate Program modules. The Welcome module provides information on navigating within the modules and the Apexus Education Portal. You can watch the modules at your own pace. Modules average 1 hour and 30 minutes but can vary in length from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the subject matter, and may take longer, depending on your education level. The total curriculum is 40 hours of education.
There is no time limit for completing the curriculum and no limit on how many times you can view the modules, which can be especially useful as you prepare for the Operations Certificate Final Exam. We recommend that you print the “Call to Action” PDF available in the attachments tab of each module. The remainder of the content is not printable and the content is in-depth, so we recommend that you take notes during each module in preparation for the Operations Certificate Final Exam at the end of the curriculum series. A study guide is not provided for the Final Exam.
340B Tools are available for use; however, there are exclusive tools for Certificate Program enrollees, and are available only within the module attachments tab, under “My Courses” in the Apexus Education Portal. Click “Launch” to access the full toolkit.
Certificate Program Exclusive Tools section indicated in red area.
The full 340B Operations Certificate Program curriculum is available for review.
Continuing education (CE) credit is not available for the modules.
If you experience a problem with a module or video, it may be an issue with your internet speed or a browser (e.g., Internet Explorer) compatibility issue. If this occurs, you should try another browser. The Apexus Education Portal officially supports the latest version of the following browsers: Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Safari, and Android. Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, and 11 are also supported. The modules contain extremely large files and videos, so for best results ensure that you are using a high-speed internet connection. You can also try reducing the zoom on the browser.
Operations Certificate Practice Exam
We recommend that before starting the Operations Certificate Practice Exam, you review the notes you have taken during each module, review the “Call to Action” PDFs you downloaded from the attachment tab of the modules, and re-watch any modules covering subject matter in which you do not yet seem to be an expert.
There is no study guide for the Operations Certificate Final Exam, but you can practice for the final exam by taking the Operations Certificate Practice Exam. The practice exam is not required; however, it will help determine whether you are prepared for the Operations Certificate Final Exam. The practice exam includes 25 multiple choice questions and will take 30 minutes or more, depending on your comfort level.
After each question, you will receive feedback indicating whether you answered correctly. If you answered incorrectly, information will be provided on which module you should reference for further review. You can start the Operations Certificate Practice Exam by going to Courses in the Apexus Education Portal; in the Operations Certificate curriculum, launch the Operations Certificate Practice Exam. You will be allowed to take the Practice Exam up to two times.
Once you feel ready to proceed, it is time to start the Operations Certificate Practice Exam. This exam includes 25 multiple choice questions and will take 30 minutes or more, depending on your comfort level. After each question, you will receive feedback indicating whether you answered correctly. If you answered incorrectly, information will be provided on which module you should reference for further study. You can start the Operations Certificate Practice Exam by going to Courses in the Apexus Education Portal; in the Operations Certificate curriculum, launch the Operations Certificate Practice Exam. You will be allowed to take the Practice Exam up to two times.
Operations Certificate Final Exam
You have one year from the time of completion of the last module to take the Operations Certificate Final Exam and receive the certificate; if you do not take the exam within a year, you must reregister for the Certificate Program. Passing the Operations Certificate Final Exam is required to receive the Apexus Advanced 340B Operations Certificate.
In the Apexus Education Portal, go to the Operations Certificate curriculum and launch the Operations Certificate Final Exam. The exam questions are from the same question bank as the Operations Certificate Baseline Exam; however, the Final Exam contains 100 multiple choice case-based questions that require you to apply the knowledge that you have learned in the Certificate Program. The time it will take you to complete the Operations Certificate Final Exam will vary based on your knowledge and could take two hours or more. You will not have an opportunity to go back and change your responses. After each question, you will receive feedback indicating whether you answered correctly. If you answered incorrectly, you will be told which module to reference for further review. Your score DOES matter on the Final Exam. If you pass with a score of 75% or better, you will be awarded an Apexus Advanced 340B Operations Certificate.
You will be allowed to take the Final Exam up to three times. If you fail to earn a score of 75% or better on your second attempt, you must wait three months before retaking the exam. If you fail to earn a score of 75% or better on your third attempt, you must wait six months and then re-enroll and repay the registration fee. You do not need to retake the entrance exam if you re-enroll after failing to earn a score of 75% or better on your first three attempts.
The Apexus Advanced 340B Operations Certificate program exams have been evaluated by an independent expert in testing and measurement to ensure that the questions meet accepted industry standards for test construction and content validity.
Certificate and Transcript
Upon passing the Operations Certificate Final Exam, you can access your Apexus Advanced 340B Operations Certificate by going to Transcripts in the Apexus Education Portal.
LinkedIn Group Discussion Board
The Apexus Advanced 340B Operations Certificate LinkedIn Group is a private discussion board in which you can share ideas, discuss challenges, post questions, read and share blog posts, connect directly with Apexus 340B experts, and more. This is an exclusive perk of being enrolled in the Operations Certificate program. You will receive an email with instructions for joining the LinkedIn group after you enroll in the Operations Certificate program.
Upon passing the Operations Certificate Final Exam, you will receive an email with information on how to access a publicity kit so you can share your accomplishment with others.
Certificate Holder Search
A public look-up feature is available to confirm individuals who have completed the certificate program upon passing the Operations Certificate Final Exam. You can search for the 340B Apexus Certified Experts (340B ACEs) by entering the name you wish to search. You can find an individual’s name and determine whether he/she is a certificate holder, confirm that the certificate is active, and verify the expiration date.
The 340B ACE look-up feature is important because it validates certificate holders. Employers may use it to ensure that they hire individuals with validated 340B training. Covered entities hiring consultants can use it to validate the expertise of the consultant.
Operations Certificate Renewal
Your Apexus Advanced 340B Operations Certificate must be renewed every two years from the date your certificate was awarded and must be renewed prior to the expiration date. You can renew your certificate by watching an “update module” and successfully passing the associated recertification exam. “Update module(s)” include 340B-related trends, best practices, and policy updates; the recertification exam is based on the material in the update module(s). The total number of exam questions will vary, as this is determined by the amount of content within the update module(s). The total cost of recertification is $200.
It’s an easy four-step process to maintain your ACE certification:
- Select the update module (340B Trends & Hot Topics 2019 module for this year) in your catalog.
- Make your $200 payment.
- View the module.
- Take the recertification exam. Exam will be added to your catalog 90 days before you are due to recertify.
You will be automatically enrolled in the recertification exam 90 days before you are due to recertify. The exam will remain in your course catalog for a total of 90 days; you must pass the exam before the 90 days are up. We will send you notification and reminder emails.
You will have access to the Operations Certificate Program as long as your certificate is deemed “active.” If you do not renew your certificate prior to the expiration date, it will be deemed “inactive/expired.” If your certificate is “inactive/expired,” you will no longer have access to the curriculum. To regain access, you will have to re-enroll in the Advanced 340B Operations Certificate Program—and pay the full cost of the program.
The Advanced 340B Operations Certificate Program is a separate Apexus offering that is not a part of the 340B Prime Vendor Program or otherwise associated with the Prime Vendor Agreement between HRSA and Apexus.
The program is provided solely for education and/or instructional purposes, and the learner assumes exclusive responsibility for using and applying the information presented therein. Successful completion of the program does not confer a professional license or other equivalent designation or qualification on the learner.
Passing score thresholds are subject to change.
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