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PCP Announces Live APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Training Program at USciences

The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences Announces Live APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Training Programs 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

University of the Sciences, Wilson Hall, Rooms 208-2011
600 S. 43rd St., Philadelphia

 For pharmacists interested in becoming licensed to provide immunizations in Pennsylvania,
New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and New York

Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery is an innovative and interactive training program that teaches pharmacists the skills necessary to become a primary source for vaccine information and administration. The program teaches the basics of immunology and focuses on practice implementation and legal/regulatory issues.

The purpose of this educational program:

  1. Provide comprehensive immunization education and training
  2. Provide pharmacists with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to establish and promote a successful immunization service
  3. Teach pharmacists to identify at-risk patient populations needing immunizations
  4. Teach pharmacists to administer immunizations in compliance with legal and regulatory standards

Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program is a practice-based activity conducted in two parts – a self-study learning component and a live training seminar. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all program components.  

Key learning objectives for the live training seminar:

  • Identify opportunities for pharmacists to become involved in immunization delivery.
  • Describe how vaccines evoke an immune response and provide immunity.
  • Identify the vaccines available on the U.S. market for each vaccine-preventable disease and classify each vaccine as live attenuated or inactivated.
  • Outline the target groups for vaccination based on the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices recommendations.
  • Review patients’ medical and immunization histories and determine vaccine recommendations based on current immunization schedules.
  • Outline the steps involved in establishing a pharmacy-based immunization delivery program. 
  • Discuss the legal, regulatory, and liability issues involved with pharmacy-based immunization programs.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of adverse reactions that can occur after vaccination and the emergency procedures for management of patients with adverse reactions to vaccination.
  • Describe the appropriate technique for administration of the live attenuated influenza vaccine.
  • Demonstrate appropriate intramuscular and subcutaneous injection technique for adult immunization.

 For a more complete list of program learning objectives, please go to APhA’s website,  

Seminar Agenda

Morning (Registration/Check-in and Continental Breakfast)

  • Welcome, Introductions and Acknowledgements
  • Program Overview
  • The Importance of Vaccines and The Pharmacist’s Role in Vaccine Delivery
  • How Do Vaccines Prevent Disease?
  • Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (Part I)

Morning Break

  • Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (Part II)
  • Identifying Vaccination Needs


  • Establishing a Pharmacy-Based Immunization Program
  • Practice Implementation

Afternoon Break

  • Adverse Events Following Vaccination and Emergency Preparedness
  • Vaccine Administration Technique
  • Transitional/ Summary Remarks
  • Skills Training and Assessment


  • Jean Scholtz, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP
  • Karleen Melody, PharmD, BCACP
  • Henry Schwartz, PharmD, CDE

Click here to Register: Download PCP APhA Immunization Program_USciences

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