APhA’s Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery certificate training program is based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This practice-based curriculum represents a fusion of science and clinical pharmacy. The program, which emphasizes a health care team approach, seeks to foster the implementation of interventions that will promote disease prevention and public health. The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to provide immunization services to patients across the life span.
NOTE: This program is intended for pharmacists and student pharmacists only. Pharmacy technicians interested in an immunization program should click here.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
In an effort to keep participants and trainers safe during the current health crisis, the certificate program has been restructured. This program includes several components, including self-study written material and recordings, live review via a web conferencing platform and injection technique assessment. NOTE: It is mandatory to participate in and complete all components.
The self-study learning activity is designed to ensure that all participants have an understanding of vaccine-preventable diseases and the role of pharmacists as vaccine advocates and administrators. There are five learning modules that present in-depth information on immunology, practice implementation, and legal and regulatory issues with appropriate references to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resource publication, Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Disease.
Additional details about accessing the self-study will be emailed to you after your registration has been processed.
After completion of the home study, participants will review recordings on the following: clinical review, managing a pharmacy-based immunization program, strategies for increasing immunization rates, applying ACIP immunization schedules, communicating with patients, and proper vaccination techniques.
On October 15, 2021, from 9-11 a.m., a two-hour live webinar will be held to review content covered in the written material and recorded sessions and go over cases.
Injection Technique Assessment
Participants must demonstrate (live) proper intramuscular and subcutaneous injections into an individual while being observed by a pharmacist immunizer who has successfully completed the APhA Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery program. Participants will be responsible for finding a volunteer to be injected and the certified pharmacist immunizer (cannot be the same person), as well as obtaining the following supplies required for the assessment. Please note, the participant must utilize at least two types of safety needles for their injection demonstrations. The certified pharmacist immunizer will be required to sign an injection technique assessment form attesting to proper injection technique.
· Non latex gloves
· 3 - 3ml x 25G x 1” safety syringe
· 2 - 3ml x 25G x 5/8” safety syringe
· Alcohol swabs
· Cotton balls
· Sodium chloride 0.9%
· Sharps container or proper disposal device
· Hand sanitizer
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Register by October 12, 2021.
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Educate pharmacists about:
¨ The impact of vaccines on public health.
¨ Pharmacists’ roles in immunization.
¨ Immunologic principles of vaccine development and immunizations.
¨ Vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines used to prevent them.
¨ Strategies for improving immunization rates.
¨ Requirements for pharmacists who provide immunization services.
Prepare pharmacists to:
¨ Read an immunization schedule and identify appropriate vaccines for individuals across the life span and with special needs.
¨ Educate patients about the benefits of vaccines and dispel myths about vaccines.
¨ Safely administer vaccines to patients via subcutaneous, intramuscular, intranasal, and intradermal routes.
¨ Operate an immunization service in compliance with legal and regulatory standards.
¨ Partner with immunization stakeholders to promote immunizations and the immunization neighborhood.
Direct pharmacists to resources necessary to:
¨ Promote public health through immunizations.
¨ Access regularly updated information about vaccines and their use.
¨ Effectively communicate with patients and other stakeholders about resources.
This program is designed for pharmacists in all practice settings and student pharmacists committed to implementing an immunization service.
KEY LEARNING OBJECTIVES
At the end of the live presentation, participants should be able to:
For a complete list of learning objectives, and for all APhA accreditation information and policies, please visit APhA’s Web site at https://www.pharmacist.com/Education/Certificate-Training-Programs/Immunization.
Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery: A Certificate Training Program for Pharmacists was developed by the American Pharmacists Association.
Course material and exams will be accessed online. In order to participate in this activity, registrants must have access to the internet and a computer with minimum system requirements found at
Detailed information about accessing the self-study and course requirements will be emailed to the registrant after registration has been processed.
Heidi Diez, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor and clinical pharmacist, ambulatory care, University of Michigan Department of Clinical, Social and Administrative Sciences, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Kristen Klein, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor of pharmacy, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Faculty have indicated that they don’t have conflicts of interest, nor do they have financial relationships with a commercial interest related to their respective presentation.
CPE CREDIT INFORMATION
Initial Release Date: March 30, 2020; Expiration Date: March 30, 2023
The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. APhA's Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery certificate training program is approved for a total of 20.0 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit (2.0 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Numbers (UAN) for this activity are listed below.
· Successful completion of the self-study component involves passing the self-study assessment with a grade of 70% or higher and will result in 12 contact hours of CPE credit (1.2 CEUs). ACPE UAN: 0202-0000-20-179-H06-P / 0202-9999-20-179-H06-P
· Successful completion of the live seminar component involves attending the full live seminar, successfully completing the injection technique assessment, and completing the online assessment and evaluation. Successful completion of this component will result in 8 contact hours of CPE credit (0.8 CEU). ACPE UAN: 0202-0000-20-180-L06-P / 0202-9999-20-180-L06-P
To obtain 20.0 contact hours of CPE credit (2.0 CEUs) for APhA's Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery certificate training program, the learner must complete all components listed above, and CLAIM credit for each component. Participants will need to have a valid APhA (pharmacist.com) username and password, as well as a CPE Monitor account to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE Monitor for your transcript. The Certificate of Achievement will be available online upon successful completion of the necessary activity requirements on the participant’s APhA My Training page.
APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete the continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the assessment a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.
The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
Michigan Pharmacists Association reserves the right to cancel the Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery Certificate Program if fewer than 20 participants are registered one week before each live event date. Refunds (minus a $50 administrative fee) will be granted for cancellations received in writing one week prior to the live event date. An administrative fee equal to the amount of the full registration rate will be assessed for any enrollment code that has been redeemed. Refunds will not be granted to no-shows and cancellations received less than one week before the live event date.
Each participant must be CPR or BCLS certified in order for the certificate of achievement to be valid. Certification may be obtained either before or after participation in this program, but must be active when administering vaccinations in practice.
For further information about this program, please contact MPA Director of Meetings & Education Alisha Swanchara at Alisha@MichiganPharmacists.org, or contact MPA Meetings & Education Assistant Aaron Wittbrodt at Aaron@MichiganPharmacists.org.