APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program is an innovative, intensive, and practice-based continuing pharmacy education, based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This program is designed to educate pharmacists about the professional opportunities for vaccine advocacy and administration. 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.
OSPA has a licensing arrangement with the American Pharmacy Association (APhA) to deliver their immunization training program, but everything is the APhA program – both the educational program and injection assessment.
Completing this course requires participants to demonstrate two injections, intramuscular and subcutaneous, on a live person. At this point, APhA is discouraging assessment of immunization technique virtually (i.e., via Zoom). Instead, APhA is allowing any person who is able to immunize within their scope of practice to “assess” the immunization technique of the participant. In order to serve as an “assessor,” this person would need to watch two short videos through the APhA website and then use the APhA checklist when supervising the IM and SubQ injections.
Since this is a virtual course, it is the participant’s responsibility to identify someone who is willing to be the recipient of these injections and someone who can assess the participant’s technique. The same person cannot fill both roles simultaneously. The individual assessing the participant’s technique can be anyone who immunizes within their scope of practice; this is not limited to other pharmacists. This can be a pharmacist, nurse, physician, etc… (anyone who can immunize within their scope of practice).
Participants will complete the required 8 hour live training on March 6-7, 2021. Afterwards, you will need to find a person who could supervise the live injections within ten (10) days. This “assessor” would complete the assessment sheets, return to OSPA, and then OSPA would release the code, so that the participate could complete the course and the certificate.
Additionally, it is participant’s responsibility to locate the supplies necessary for the three (3) immunizations (2-IM and 1-SubQ). In some cases, OSPA may be able to help with supplies. However, participants should contact OSPA prior to registering for the course if they foresee issues locating supplies.
This certificate will come from a single entity, which is APhA.
|Quantity Per Learner||Item||Notes|
|Pair||Non-latex & Non-powder gloves|
|2||1 ml OR 3ml x 25G x 1” safety syringe||For intramuscular injections – Brands?|
|1||1ml OR 3ml x 25G x 5/8” safety syringe||For subcutaneous injections – Brands?|
|1||Sodium Chloride 0.9%||Single dosage vial 10 ml or smaller|
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.
- Operate an immunization service in compliance with legal and regulatory standards.
Key Learning Objectives of the Live Training Seminar
At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
- Describe strategies for increasing immunization rates, including physician collaborations, community level activities, and immunization coalition activities.
- Review adult patient cases and patient-specific recommendations based on the appropriate immunization schedule.
- Review a pediatric patient case and make patient-specific recommendations based on the appropriate immunization schedule.
- Demonstrate effective strategies for communicating with patients who have concerns about vaccines.
- Describe current evidence that explores the relationship between autism and vaccines.
- Describe a process for administering vaccines in a community pharmacy.
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of adverse reactions that can occur after vaccination.
- Describe procedures for management of patients with adverse reactions to vaccination that constitute an emergency.
- List the steps for intranasal administration of the live attenuated influenza vaccine.
- Demonstrate appropriate intramuscular and subcutaneous injection techniques for adult immunization.
For a complete list of learning objectives and for all APhA accreditation information and policies, please visit APhA’s website, http://www.pharmacist.com/pharmacy-based-immunization-delivery .
Amy Valdez, RPh
Manager Clinical Pharmacy Services
Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) Information and Activity Completion Requirements
Initial release date: expiration date:
Activity Type: Practice-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings
- 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 credits (1.2 CEUs).
- Successful completion of the live seminar component involves attending the full live seminar, passing the final assessment with a grade of 70% or higher and demonstrating competency in 2 intramuscular and 1 subcutaneous injection. Successful completion of this component will result in 8 contact hours of CPE credit (0.80 CEU).
Once credit is claimed, Statements of Credit will be available online within 24 hours on participant’s CPE Monitor profile at www.nabp.net. The Certificate of Achievement will be available online upon successful completion of the necessary activity requirements on the participant’s “My Training” page on www.pharmacist.com
The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The home-study portion of the Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program is approved for 12 contact hours (1.2 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN . The live training seminar is approved for 8 contact hours (0.8 CEU) of continuing pharmacy education credit .
Activity Requirements – Course material and exams will be accessed online – In order to participate in this activity, registrants must have access to a computer with minimum system requirements: Internet connectivity with current version of internet browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer (V8 and above); Adobe Acrobat Reader, Flash Player 8 or higher, Windows 95, Pentium 3 or equivalent processor, 64 MB of free memory (not 64 MB total), and Audio: Sound card and speakers or earphones. For full technology requirements, please visit http://www.pharmacist.com/pharmacy-based-immunization-delivery
Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery: A Certificate Training Program for Pharmacists was developed by the American Pharmacists Association.
Please note: Once the online program code has been redeemed, no refund will be issued.
If the participant has redeemed the online program code, but fails to complete either the self-study or the live component of the program, the participant will not receive credit for participation in the program, will not receive a certificate of completion and will be required to register for a later program, pay an additional registration fee and retake the program at a later date.
Once the participant has redeemed the online program code, the participant shall be responsible for all activity thereafter. If a participant redeems a code or redeems a code more than once, the participant will be charged a fee for each additional code redeemed ($125).
Refunds, less a $75 handling charge, will be issued for written cancellation requests received by OSPA no later than two weeks before the program date. If a cancellation is received within two weeks of the program date, or if the online program code has already been redeemed, no refund will be issued.