Immunization Certification Training Programs for pharmacists in Massachusetts are few and far between. Don't let this opportunity pass you by! As immunizers, pharmacists play a critical public health role in Massachusetts – now more than ever!


The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association (MPhA) have partnered to bring you the Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program for Pharmacists and Student Pharmacists. Developed by APhA and hosted by MPhA, the program includes:

  • 12 hours (1.2 CEU) of self-study modules with case studies and assessment exam
  • 8.0 hours (0.8 CEU) virtual live seminar on Saturday, April 10, 8:00am to 5:00pm ET
  • 30-minute hands-on assessment of intramuscular and subcutaneous injection technique under the supervision of an immunizer pharmacist*

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.

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.

For a complete list of learning objectives for the self-study and live seminar, please visit APhA’s website,   

Courtney Doyle-Campbell, PharmD

Seminar Agenda

8:00 AM    Welcome, Introductions and Acknowledgements
                 Clinical Review 


                 Managing a Pharmacy-Based Immunization Program

                 Strategies for Increasing Immunization Rates


                 Applying ACIP Immunization Schedules

                Communicating with Patients


                Vaccine Administration Technique

                 Transitional/Summary Remarks

5:00 PM   Session Ends

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.

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).