Immunization Training Course for Optometrists, Western University of Health Sciences, Saturday, 04. May 2019



    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 pharmacist and optometrists with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to provide immunization services to patients across the life span.
The goals of this program are to:
Educate pharmacist and optometrists about:

The impact of vaccines on public health.
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 pharmacist and optometrists who provide immunization services.

 Prepare Pharmacist and Optometrists 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 egulatory standards.
Partner with immunization stakeholders to promote immunizations and the immunization neighborhood.

 Direct Pharmacist and Optometrists 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: .

Check-in and Continental Breakfast
Welcome, Introductions and Acknowledgements
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
Skills Assessment

Jason Wong, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Assistant Professor, WesternU College of Pharmacy
The American Pharmacist 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 0202-9999-17-160-H06-P). The live training seminar is approved for 8 contact hours (0.8 CEU) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0202-9999-17-161-L06-P).
Initial Release Date: July 15, 2017    
Expiration date: July 15, 2020 - 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  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 Pharmacist was developed by the American Pharmacist and Optometrists Association.
*Optometrist will receive a University Accredited Certificate of completion in addition to pharmacy education credit.
SB-762 Optometry: administration of immunizations. (2017-2018)
(g) (1) An optometrist certified pursuant to Section 3041.3 shall be certified for the administration of immunizations after the optometrist meets all of the following requirements:
(A) Completes an immunization training program endorsed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education that, at a minimum, includes hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines, and maintains that training.
(B) Is certified in basic life support.
(C) Complies with all state and federal recordkeeping and reporting requirements, including providing documentation to the patient’s primary care provided and entering information in the appropriate immunization registry designated by the immunization branch of the State Department of Public Health.
(D) Applies for an immunization certificate on a board-approved form.
(2) For the purposes of this section, “immunization” means the administration of immunizations for influenza, herpes zoster virus, and pneumococcus in compliance with individual Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) vaccine recommendations published by the CDC for persons 18 years of age or older.
For more information and full bill on optometry administration and immunizations please go to:
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.
$550.00 Optometrists            
$500.00 WesternU Faculty, Current Preceptors and WesternU Alumni
REFUND POLICY: Cancellation made 10 days in advance of class date (May 4, 2019) are fully refundable less a $25 administrative fee.
*After registration has been completed each participant will be sent a Enrollement Code e-mail for online course information within 24 hours M-F and 48 hours on weekends. Online component must be completed in order to take the live course.
To register for this course, you must visit .
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Immunization Training Course for Optometrists

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