Tennessee Pharmacists Association

The Tennessee Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation (TPREF) proudly offers APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certification training program. The program is based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This practice-based curriculum represents a fusion of science and clinical pharmacy. Emphasizing a healthcare team approach, the program aims to encourage the implementation of interventions that promote disease prevention and public health.

This training program is designed to equip pharmacists with the comprehensive knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to provide immunization services to patients across the lifespan.

See more information and upcoming training dates below!

Training Components

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program has two components: a self-study learning activity and an active learning seminar focusing on pharmacy practice and implementation. The live training portion of the program hosted by TPA will be offered in virtual format via Zoom Video Conferencing.

The self-study learning activity is designed to ensure that all participants understand vaccine-preventable diseases and the role of pharmacists and student pharmacists as vaccine advocates and administrators. There are 23 core learning modules and several optional modules that present in-depth information on immunology, practice implementation, and legal and regulatory issues with appropriate references to the CDC resource publication, Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Disease.

The second component of the certificate training program is an active learning seminar focusing on pharmacy practice implementation. The live training seminar is based on the experience of practitioners involved in immunization advocacy and administration. It reinforces and expands the self-study program and addresses areas such as immunization needs, legal and regulatory issues, and injection-technique training. Participants will be expected to practice giving intramuscular and subcutaneous injections.

Note:  All participants are strongly encouraged to obtain CPR or BCLS certification; however, certification is not a program prerequisite. A Certificate of Achievement is awarded to participants who successfully complete all program requirements. The Certificate of Achievement is invalid without written proof of current CPR or BCLS certification.

Presenter

This live, in-person program is presented by Dr. Ariel Clark, PharmD, a dedicated pharmacist with expertise in the intersection of pharmacy practice and education. She attended the University of Minnesota – Duluth College of Pharmacy and completed an Executive Fellowship in Non-profit Organizational Leadership and Management at the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

Dr. Clark is strongly committed to improving healthcare outcomes and serves as the Director of Educational Affairs for the Tennessee Pharmacists Association. In this role, she leverages her expertise to develop and review educational content from drug therapy experts, support innovation with grant-funded programming, and execute impactful pharmacy practice initiatives across Tennessee.

Program Objectives

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 lifespan 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.

For a complete list of learning objectives for the self-study and live seminar, please visit APhA’s website.

This ACPE activity does not provide a certification in this topic but rather advanced professional training, which, upon successful completion, the learner will be able to download a certificate of achievement.

Registration & Cancellation

Attendees must register individually through the online registration linked to the dates below. If a date does not yet have a link, it will be added once registration is available.

Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable under any circumstances. Please be advised that this program is subject to postponement or cancellation if the required minimum number of registrants is not met at least 10 days prior to the program. If class is cancelled, TPA will automatically transfer your registration fee to a future TPA hosted Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery training course.

2024 Training Dates

Click your preferred date below to access the registration page.

Wednesday, August 28, 2024 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT

A fall date is to come. Stay tuned!

Program Pricing

TPA Member Rate – $349

Non-Member Rate – $499

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact Ariel Clark, TPA Director of Educational Affairs.

Accreditation

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).

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: 0202-0000-22-009-H06-P / 0202-9999-22-009-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

Initial Release Date: March 30, 2020

Expiration Date: March 20, 2023 – PLEASE NOTE:  NO Home Study credit granted after this date; Live Credit can only be granted within 60 days from the day of the seminar attended.

Activity Completion Requirements

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 for each component. Participants will need to have a valid APhA (pharmacist.com) username and password, as well as a CPE Monitor account to receive credit. After course completion, 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 “My Training” page on www.pharmacist.com.

All participants are strongly encouraged to obtain CPR or BCLS certification.  However, certification is not a prerequisite of the program.  A Certificate of Achievement is awarded to participants who successfully complete all program requirements.  The Certificate of Achievement is invalid, however, without written proof of current CPR or BCLS certification.

Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery: A Certificate Training Program for Pharmacists was developed by the American Pharmacists Association.

Technology Requirements  –  Computer and Internet access is required to complete this activity.  Please visit APhA’s website to view the Technology System Requirements to have a positive learning experience