Immunization Administration Training for Pharmacists (with Virtual Assessment)

Immunization Administration Training for Pharmacists (with Virtual Assessment)

CEimpact is the first to offer an option for on-demand virtual assessment as part of their immunization training certificate course. This means the learner can complete the full certificate course by demonstrating their immunization technique one-on-one with a CEimpact trainer using a web-based meeting platform. Avoid costs associated with travel and time when you choose this option. This 20-hour training includes both a home-study component and a live, virtual assessment with a CEimpact trainer.

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To obtain a certificate of completion, pharmacists must:
1. Complete Modules 1-8 of online course work (19 hours)
2. Successfully pass the 100 question online examination with a score of 70% or above
3. Complete the online self-study evaluation
4. Gather supplies needed for the virtual assessment
5. Print the Trainee Documentation form
6. Review document outlining what to expect for the virtual assessment
7. Secure a healthcare buddy who is an immunizer to be present with you during your live, online assessment
8. Schedule your live, virtual assessment
9. Show satisfactory demonstration of ability to administer vaccines at the live, virtual assessment (1 hour)
10. Complete the online virtual assessment evaluation using the code provided during the live assessment

On Demand, 19 hours, UAN 0107-0000-22-237-H06-P

MODULE 1: Immunology and Principles of Immunization
1. Discuss the history of pharmacy-based immunization services
2. Recognize the importance and public health impact of increasing access to immunizations through pharmacies
3. Discuss basic immunology related to disease protective mechanisms of vaccines 
4. Compare active immunity and passive immunity 
5. Define antigens, immune response, antibodies, and cell-mediated immunity
6. Describe the basic principles of vaccination
7. Describe the classification of vaccines, including live attenuated, inactivated, conjugate, polysaccharide, and recombinant
8. Outline the childhood and adult immunization schedules 
9. Discuss the precautions for vaccination
10. Identify contraindications of vaccines

MODULE 2: Preparing the Pharmacy to Provide Immunization Services
1. Develop a plan to properly and safely store vaccines 
2. Implement and accurately complete the checklist for safe vaccine handling and storage 
3. Contact the appropriate manufacturer quality control office if a question arises regarding the integrity of a vaccine 
4. Educate other pharmacy staff about safe vaccine handling and storage 
5. Establish methods to access vaccine information resources 
6. Develop a record keeping system that complies with legal requirements 
7. Describe the benefits and use of immunization information system
8. Develop a screening technique to identify patients needing immunization 
9. Use Vaccine Information Statements as a required element of patient/parent/guardian education
10. Develop an exposure plan for implementation in the pharmacy, including blood-borne pathogen directives and needle stick injury prevention

MODULE 3: Vaccine Safety and Vaccine Adverse Events
1. Report an adverse event utilizing the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) 
2. Describe the role of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
3. Anticipate and manage common adverse events associated with vaccines and vaccination 
4. Develop an emergency plan for anaphylaxis associated with vaccine administration 
5. Discuss the safety of vaccines with patients, including how vaccines are developed and monitored to ensure their safety

MODULE 4: Vaccine-Preventable Diseases – Part 1 
1. Discuss the epidemiology and pathophysiology of vaccine preventable diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, herpes zoster, rotavirus, haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus and meningococcal
2. Utilize the CDC’s recommended birth to 18 years and adult immunization schedules
3. Discuss the latest recommendations on immunization made by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP)
4. Recommend the appropriate vaccine(s) for individual patients based on their ages and other risk factors
5. List the vaccines available in the United States

MODULE 5: Vaccine-Preventable Diseases – Part 2 
1. Discuss the epidemiology and pathophysiology of vaccine preventable diseases, including influenza, polio, pneumococcal disease, pertussis, diphtheria, and tetanus
2. Recommend immunizations for patients with HIV, asplenia, liver disease, coagulation disorders, diabetes, and renal disease
3. Develop an immunization strategy for pregnant patients
4. Discuss contraindications and precautions for vaccination with an immunosuppressed patient 
5. Make appropriate recommendations for immunosuppressed patients

MODULE 6: Establishing a Pharmacy-Based Immunization Program
1. List legal requirements in your state for immunization delivery by a pharmacist 
2. Develop a plan for implementing immunization services to adults in a pharmacy
3. Describe methods for reimbursement for immunization services 
4. Identify required forms and supplies for a pharmacist-led vaccine administration program
5. Discuss site-specific challenges such as scheduling and workflow that may impact the pharmacist’s ability to administer vaccinations 

MODULE 7: Case Discussion and Administration Technique
1. Recommend immunizations for patients based on their ages, concurrent illnesses or conditions, and lifestyle
2. Implement knowledge of immunization recommendations through patient cases 
3. Based on the immunization and patient, determine anatomic site and needle size
4. Describe the process to administer an immunization, including patient preparation and infection control
5. Accurately prepare a vaccine for administration

MODULE 8: Immunization Administration
1. Describe a site, route of administration and appropriate administration supplies for vaccines based on the type of vaccine and the patient
2. Review patient screening and immunization history technique to identify patients needing immunization
3. Describe appropriate positioning of the patient to avoid secondary injury if fainting occurs during or after immunization administration
4. Discuss appropriate subcutaneous and intramuscular vaccine administration techniques
5. Review appropriate intranasal and jet injector vaccine administration technique
6. List counseling points regarding appropriate care after administration 

Live/Virtual, 1 hour, UAN 0107-0000-22-238-L06-P
Immunization Injection Technique Assessment
If your healthcare buddy is a pharmacist, you will be required to upload a copy of their immunization administration certificate; If your healthcare buddy is another healthcare provider (i.e. MD, DO, PA, NP, RN, LPN, etc.) who is an immunizer, you will be required to enter their credentials, practice state, and license number.

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Miranda Wilhelm, PharmD
Clinical Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy
Community Clinical Pharmacist 

Elizabeth Skoy, PharmD
Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Pharmacy Practice
North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy
Fargo, ND

Miranda Wilhelm and Elizabeth Skoy have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

ACPE Certificate Information:
Immunization Administration Training for Pharmacists – Certificate
Certificate Program Number (CPN): 0107-22-001-CP
Activity Length: 20 hours / 2.0 CEU
0107-0000-22-237-H06-P | Immunization Administration Training for Pharmacists | 19 Hours / 1.9 CEU
0107-0000-22-238-L06-P | Immunization Injection Technique Assessment | 1 Hour / 0.1 CEU

To receive CPE Credit (self-study 19 hours; virtual assessment 1hour) and a Certificate of Completion, pharmacists must complete Modules 1-8, successfully pass (70% or above) the 100-question self-study examination, complete the self-study evaluation, participate in a virtual assessment, show satisfactory demonstration of ability to administer vaccines and complete the workshop evaluation.

Technology Requirements: The online self-study Modules #1-8 are in written format and include videos through an online interactive platform. To ensure the highest quality delivery of this activity, a reliable high-speed internet connection is required. Problems may be experienced with some wireless connections where signal strength is variable or low.

Target Audience: For pharmacists and student pharmacists who are interested in learning the information and obtaining the skills necessary to become vaccine educators, facilitators, and immunizers.

Fee Information: $450 – Includes educational programming totaling 2.0 CEUs/20 hours of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit, access to online handouts and materials for Modules #1-8, a CPE Statement of Credit through CPE Monitor, and a Certificate of Completion following successful completion of all activity requirements.

State Requirements: Know your state’s requirements relative to pharmacist and/or pharmacy technician vaccine administration. There may be other requirements, such as CPR certification, that must be completed in addition to this training. It is your responsibility to be aware of your state’s requirements and ensure they are met. 

State of Florida Participants: This course is approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy. If you practice in the state of Florida, you must self-report CE through CE Broker. Please use the CE Broker course number 20-731022 to locate the course when self-reporting CE to CE Broker. For instructions, follow this link: 

Cancellation Policy: Registration must be completed online via credit card payment at least two weeks prior to the date selected for virtual assessment. Learners may be refunded the course fee (less a $50 administrative fee) if canceling prior to completing the course evaluation for the home-study portion of the training. Once the course evaluation is submitted, the course is non-refundable. If unable to attend a previously scheduled virtual assessment, contact CEimpact at at least 2 business days prior to the scheduled assessment to reschedule. Late cancellations or failure to attend the virtual assessment as scheduled will result in an additional $100 fee. The entire course must be completed within 6 months of initial course enrollment.

Copyright© July 2009 by CEimpact (Last revised: December 2023)
Release Date: June 6, 2022
Planned Expiration Date: June 6, 2025

Universal Activity Number (UAN): 0107-0000-22-237-H06-P
Application-based CPE Activity

CEImpact is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Obtain CPE credit by completing the course, followed by the exam and evaluation (if applicable). Once successfully completed, your course will appear in your Completed Courses tab. Access your CPE statement of credit at

¹CEImpact provides you with two (2) opportunities to complete the exam. The learner will not receive CPE credit after two failed attempts.

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