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American Pharmacists Association's Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Program

Dates and Location

Choose from one of three date offerings.  These are live sessions offered virtually via Zoom.

Capacity for each date is limited to 30 participants.

  • Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 8:00am-3:30pm—This session is no longer taking registrations.

By registering for this program, you agree to participate in the live portion of the course by using active video and audio feed through your computer or mobile device and agree to complete the skills assessment with an authorized evaluator (more details can be found in the below section “Skills Assessment”. Credit for completion of the certificate program will only be granted to participants who complete the self-study requirements, are verified as physically present throughout the duration of the live session, complete the skills process with a passing assessment, and receive a passing score on the online post-test.

Technology Requirements: Live Seminar

The Live Seminar portion will be conducted online.  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 (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 minutes early to test that your microphone and camera is working properly and to check-in
  • Please refer to this webpage to troubleshoot any audio/visual difficulties
  • The Zoom Meeting Link and password will be sent 3 business days prior to the seminar

Skills Assessment

Participants are required to perform two intramuscular and one subcutaneous injections into the arm(s) of a willing volunteer. APhA requires that the evaluator of this skills assessment be a licensed medical professional who has the scope of practice to immunize, such as another pharmacist, nurse, medical assistant etc. Participants will be required to obtain the necessary supplies from the supply list below or request a kit of supplies to be mailed to them on the registration page. Participants are responsible for identifying their own volunteer(s) and evaluator. Participants and evaluators must complete the evaluation form required by APhA; this will be provided to participants at the end of the live seminar.

Supply list

  • Non-latex gloves
  • 1mL or 3mL x 25G x 1” safety syringe; two syringes required for intramuscular injections
  • 1mL or 3mL x 25G x ⅝” safety syringe; one syringe required for subcutaneous injection
  • Bandages and cotton balls; three required
  • Alcohol swabs; four required
  • Sodium chloride 0.9% single use vial
  • Sharps container; participants may create their own homemade containers

Program Information

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.

Goals and Learning Objectives of this program

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.


APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program has two components:

  • An online interactive self-study with assessment (12 hours of CPE)
  • The live seminar with skills assessment (8 hours of CPE)

A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all program components, including a skills assessment. 

For a complete list of learning objectives and for all APhA accreditation information and policies, please visit APhA’s website.

Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) Information and Activity Completion Requirements

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: 3/30/20
Expiration date: 03/31/2023 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.  The Certificate of Achievement will be available online upon successful completion of the necessary activity requirements on the participant’s “My Training” page on

Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery: A Certificate Training Program for Pharmacists was developed by the American Pharmacists Association. © 2017 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.

Program Coordinator and Instructor

Coordinator:  Elizabeth Harris, PharmD, BCACP
Instructor: Karleen Melody, PharmD, BCACP


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

Cost and Registration


Supply Kits: $25.00
Pharmacists: $275.00*
Current Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Preceptors, Adjuncts, or Alumni:  $225.00*


Capacity for each date is limited to 30 participants.

  • Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 8:00am-3:30pmThis session is no longer taking registrations.

Cancellation Policy: No cancellation requests will be honored for refund less than one week prior to the program. Cancellations prior to 1 week before the program will receive a refund minus a $50 processing fee if the online code for course materials was not accessed. Participants who redeem an enrollment code will be charged a fee of $175 regardless whether or not they complete any portion of the self-study.

Please contact Elizabeth Harris at 215-596-7122 or  if you have questions.

NOTE: Please be advised that this program is subject to postponement or cancellation if the required minimum number of registrants is not met at least 7 days prior to the program.

acpe logoThe American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.


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 (V9 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.  Full technology requirements.

APhA's Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery was developed by the American Pharmacists Association.  Copyright © 2017 by the American Pharmacists Association.


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