Presentation Guidance for Presenters

This page provides guidance on how slide presentations should be created as a component of the Program Planning Application for the UF College of Pharmacy Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education. The information in this page is also available for download.

In addition to the information below, please review our example presentation for further guidance.


The slide presentation you create for a planned learning activity will be evaluated according to a checklist that our office established to meet Association for Continuing Pharmacy Education (ACPE) standards. All of the requirements within that checklist are addressed in this page.

Broadly, the requirements for slide presentations fall into three categories:

  • Legal/ethical – avoiding issues that could lead to copyright or other violations
  • Formatting – creating a legible, visually appealing presentation for learners
  • Content – aligning your presentation with stated learning objectives

Additionally, you must incorporate active learning strategies in your presentation that are based on the learning activity’s objectives and activity category. You must also assess learner comprehension and provide feedback to learners on their performance.

Legal/Ethical Requirements

Overall idea: Your presentation must comply with ACPE requirements, avoid commercial bias, and respect copyright law.

Your presentation must include three specific slides:

  • Slide 2 must be used to disclose any financial relationships the speaker has that are relevant to the learning activity.
  • Slide 3 must be dedicated to displaying the ACPE logo and accreditation statement.
  • Slide 4 must list the learning objectives of the presentation.

Additionally, be sure that your presentation does not convey commercial bias in any way. For example, the generic name of a drug must always accompany any mention of a brand name drug.

For ease of reference, the ACPE logo and accreditation statement are required on Slide 3 as follows.

The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Use only images, graphics, or other media that you’ve obtained permission to use. If you’ve obtained permission to use a copyrighted work as part of the presentation, include a brief statement to that effect as a caption to that image. For example, “Chart included courtesy of the University of Florida.”

For images that are in the public domain or available under a Creative Commons license, include a caption such as “Image available under a Creative Commons license.”


Overall idea: You must design your presentation to be easy to read and convey a professional standard.

Broadly, make formatting choices that will create presentations that are visually appealing and legible to learners.

Be sure to determine the number of slides that is most appropriate for the depth of subject matter and the time frame within which the presentation will take place. Edit long presentations down to avoid rushing. Expand on relevant subject matter for presentations that are too short.

Use a font that is easy to read and professional, and make sure the font size is large enough to be clearly seen from the back of a classroom.


Overall idea: You must organize and explain concepts in a way that best fits the subject matter of the presentation.

Your presentation should be organized in a way that is mindful of the needs of learners, paying special attention to the learning activity’s target audience (pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, or both). Every concept that is important to your learning activity should be explained clearly in your presentation. Your presentation must be evidence based and, accordingly, use current, appropriate references throughout. It must also contain educational content that corresponds with all of the presentation’s learning objectives.

There are specific content requirements that must be met:

  • Satisfy the primary purpose of the presentation’s activity category (i.e., knowledge, application, or practice)
  • Meet the learning objectives stated on slide 4 of the presentation
  • Include two to three active learning questions

Also be sure to proof your presentation thoroughly to avoid spelling and grammar mistakes.

Approval of Proposed Slide Presentations

The table below shows the slide review checklist that is used to assess presentations submitted to our office as part of a proposed learning activity. A presentation will only be approved when no further changes are necessary to  meet these requirements.

List of criteria for slide presentations
Criteria for slide presentations