APhA's Pharmacy-Based Immunization Training (May 2021)

APhA's Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery

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.

Hosted by: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Dates: In order to complete the program, you must attend both the zoom session and the in-person session.

  • Friday, May 14, 2021 - 8:00am - 3:00pm (Virtual, Zoom)
  • Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 8:30am - 4:30pm (In-person, participants should plan to attend for one hour at their assigned time; participants will be able to select their assigned time through an online sign-up form sent prior to the training date, slots are available at a first response basis)


  • Live Seminar: Friday, May 14, 2021 - Virtual, Zoom
  • Hands-on Injection Assessment: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - Maryland Pharmacist Association (MPhA) 9115 Guilford Road, #200, Columbia, MD 21046
    Note: you do not need to be a member of MPhA to participate in this training.

The live seminar will be held virtually via Zoom on May 14, 2021.  The hands-on assessment will be held in-person on May 15, 2021.  During the hands-on assessment, participants will be required to complete and receive two intramuscular injections and one subcutaneous injection with another participant.  In order to maintain social distancing as much as possible and to properly disinfect between assessments, participants will be assigned a one-hour time slot for their assessment.  Attendees are required to wear a mask at all times while in the building.  The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy will provide hand sanitizer and gloves.  The preparation and evaluation stations will be cleaned between each set of participants.  Please contact CEHelp@rx.umaryland.edu for any questions or concerns regarding safety precautions for COVID-19.

Registration: Open

Fee: $395.00

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.

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program has three components: online interactive self-study with assessment; the live seminar with online final assessment; and hands-on assessment of intramuscular and subcutaneous injection technique. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all program components, including an evaluation.

Key Learning Objectives of the Live Training Seminar:

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe strategies for increasing immunization rates, including physician collaborations, community level activities, and immunization coalition activities.
  2. Review adult patient cases and make patient-specific recommendations based on the appropriate immunization schedule.
  3. Review a pediatric patient case and make patient-specific recommendations based on the appropriate immunization schedule.
  4. Demonstrate effective strategies for communicating with patients who have concerns about vaccines.
  5. Describe current evidence that explores the relationship between autism and vaccines.
  6. Describe a process for administering vaccines in a community pharmacy.
  7. Identify the signs and symptoms of adverse reactions that can occur after vaccination.
  8. Describe procedures for management of patients with adverse reactions to vaccination that constitute an emergency.
  9. List the steps for intranasal administration of the live attenuated influenza vaccine.
  10. 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, www.pharmacist.com/pharmacy-based-immunization-delivery

The goals of this program are to:

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.

Seminar Agenda

Friday, May 14, 2021

  • Check-in
  • Welcome, Introductions and Acknowledgements
  • Clinical Review
  • Morning Break
  • Managing a Pharmacy-Based Immunization Program
  • Strategies for Increasing Immunization Rates
  • Lunch Break
  • Applying ACIP Immunization Schedules
  • Communicating with Patients
  • Vaccine Administration Technique
  • Transitional/Summary Remarks

Saturday, May 15, 2021

  • Skills Assessment


Leah Sera, PharmD, MA, BCPS
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Heather Free, PharmD, AAHIVP
Clinical Pharmacist
Community, A Walgreen's Pharmacy

Technology Requirements

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:

  • Hardware Requirements: 128 MB of RAM; 16-bit video card capable of 1024x768 screen resolution or better; speakers or headphones, if accessing content with audio
  • Internet Browsers: IE 9 or greater, Internet Edge 12 and greater, Firefox 4 and greater, Google Chrome, or Safari 5 and greater
  • Operating Systems: Windows XP; Windows 7 and 8; Windows Vista; Mac OSX; iOS devices (tablets and phones), please note, iPads do not currently allow Adobe Support to be downloaded onto the device; Android devices (tablets and phones); or Windows 10

For full technology requirements, please visit: http://elearning.pharmacist.com/technology-troubleshooting

Live Seminar (Virtual)

The live seminar will be held virtually via Zoom.  To participate, the registrants must:

  • Join Zoom webinar by computer, tablet, or any mobile device
  • Must have a working camera and have video enabled throughout the entire program
  • Must be present for the entirety of the program to be eligible for completion of the certificate training
  • There is a Zoom app that can be downloaded on mobile devices through the App Store or Google Play. Search for Zoom Cloud Meetings app.
  • In planning to use a MacBook, Macbook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, etc., please navigate to https://zoom.us/ (using the Mac computer that will be used for the Zoom session), click on the Download link a the right side of the screen, download and install/run the installer program (named Zoom.pkg).
  • Join the meeting 15-30 minutes early to test that your microphone and camera is working properly and to check-in
  • Please refer to the following webpages to troubleshoot any audio/visual difficulties:
  • The Zoom Meeting Link and password will be sent 3 business days prior to the seminar

Participants are highly encouraged to join the live sessions with video (webcam).  Participation via audio, either through computer audio or by phone, is required.  Information on how to log into the session will be sent prior to the live session date.  Please contact CEHelp@rx.umaryland.edu with any concerns regarding participating in the live seminar as soon as possible.

Accreditation Information

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  0202-9999-20-179-H06-P). The live training seminar is approved for 8 contact hours (0.8 CEU) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0202-9999-20-180-L06-P).

Initial Release Date: March 30, 2020
Expiration date: March 15, 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 credit for "Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery" complete home study activities, complete both home study and final assessments with a grade of 70% or better, attend the live seminar, successfully complete the injection technique assessment, complete the evaluation, and CLAIM credit. To obtain credit, the Learner must CLAIM credit once each component is completed. Once credit is claimed, Transcripts of CPE will be available online within 24 hours on the Learner’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.

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

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation with at least fifteen business days' notice prior to the live seminar date will receive a refund minus a $75.00 processing fee if the enrollment code for the self-study has not been redeemed. Participants who redeem the enrollment code will be charged a fee of $250.00 regardless whether or not they complete any portion of the self-study. Refunds are not available if cancellation is made less than fifteen business days of the live seminar date. Participants must arrive by 8:00am; those who do not arrive before the training begins will not be able to participate in the training and are not eligible for a refund.

Please be advised that the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy reserves the right to cancel a program at any time.

Have questions about APhA's "Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery"? Contact University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Office of Continuing Education, email: CEHelp@rx.umaryland.edu, phone: 410-706-3381.