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APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Program (Chapel Hill or Online)

Courses will be held in multiple formats and locations. Expand modules at the bottom of the page to view details BEFORE registering.

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. This ACPE activity does not provide a certification in this topic but rather advanced professional training in the form of a certificate.

There are three components to the certificate training program:

  • 12 hour (1.2 CEU) self-study modules with case studies and assessment exam 
  • 8.0 hour (0.80 CEU) live seminar with final exam 
  • Hands-on assessment of intramuscular and subcutaneous injection technique 

Self-Study Modules Description* and Learning Objectives

The self-study learning activity is designed to ensure that all participants have an understanding of vaccine-preventable diseases and the role of pharmacists as vaccine advocates and administrators.  There are five learning modules that present in-depth information on immunology, practice implementation, and legal and regulatory issues as noted below, with appropriate references to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resource publication, Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Disease.  The self-study program includes a self-assessment test and real-life case studies that are designed to help reinforce and evaluate participants' understanding of key information and concepts.

Module 1. Pharmacists, Vaccines, and Public Health
Module 2. Overview of Immunology and Vaccine Development
Module 3. Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Module 4. Patient Care Considerations for Immunizing Pharmacists
Module 5. Operating a Pharmacy-Based Immunization Program


Live Training Seminar Description and Learning Objectives

The second part of the certificate training program is an active learning seminar focusing on pharmacy practice implementation.  The live training seminar is based on the experience of practitioners involved in immunization advocacy and administration.  The training seminar reinforces and expands on the self-study program and addresses areas such as immunization needs, legal and regulatory issues, and injection-technique training. Participants will be expected to practice giving intramuscular and subcutaneous injections on each other.

After completing the live seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe strategies for increasing immunization rates, including physician collaborations, community level activities, and immunization coalition activities.
  • Review adult patient cases and make patient-specific recommendations based on the appropriate immunization schedule.
  • Review a pediatric patient case and make patient-specific recommendations based on the appropriate immunization schedule.
  • Demonstrate effective strategies for communicating with patients who have concerns about vaccines.
  • Describe current evidence that explores the relationship between autism and vaccines.
More information on the Immunization Certificate can be found on APhA's website here.
*Once you have accessed the self study modules a full refund can no longer be given. A partial refund may still be awarded if our office is notified more than two weeks before the live session date.
Cancellation: If the Office of Continuing Education needs to cancel the program, participants will be fully refunded their registration fees. If the participant requests to cancel they may do so, but certain cancellation fees may apply. Once a participant accesses the home study materials, at any time, only a 50% refund will be given upon participant cancellation. Individuals who do not access the home study materials and request to cancel any time between registration and more than 2 weeks in advance of the live date will be assessed a $10.00 cancellation fee. Individuals who do not access the home study materials and request to cancel between 2 weeks and up to 48 hours prior to the live program will receive a 50% refund. No refund will be given for individuals who cancel less than 48 hours prior to the live program. Cancellations MUST be in writing (fax, mail or email).

Date: Mar 20, 2021 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM



CE Hours


CE Units


Registration closes on Mar 16, 2021 12:05 PM

Activity Type

  • Practice Based

Target Audience(s)

  • Pharmacists


Participants have 60 days from the start of their program to claim CE credit and verify it has been upload to CPE Monitor. If your program requires the completion of a post test/eval/survey those items MUST be done before that 60 day window closes to receive credit for that program. Statements of credit can be viewed and printed from CPE Monitor. Statements of credit will no longer be printed and mailed to the participant. **No partial individual session credit will be given**
PAYMENT NOTE: During the registration process, if a fee is required, please enter the zip code associated with your credit card's BILLING ADDRESS. For security purposes payments are processed through a separate system, so when prompted, please click “ok” to be taken to that site and complete your registration. Upon successful registration of this program you will receive an email confirmation/receipt and will be returned to this program page. When you are retuned to this page you will see a note at the top of the page reading “You are registered for this program.”
If you are not automatically returned to this page or see only a blank white screen your transaction was not successful, and you will need to try again.


If paying by check please mail to the address below:

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Attn: Continuing Education
301 Pharmacy Lane, CB# 7574 Beard Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
The University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. To receive CE credit, participants must complete the CE attendance form and the online evaluation of the program (instructions to be emailed). Statements of credit can be viewed and printed in CPE Monitor approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the program and you have completed any needed requirements. **No partial credit will be available**

Requirements for CE Credit

Pharmacy Technicians - Technicians can take this program and claim a certificate of completion. The course meets North Carolina state and PREP Act requirements for initial qualification to administer vaccines however, this certificate program is not approved for Pharmacy Technician Continuing Education credit. Technicians who complete the program will not receive CE credit but will receive a certificate of completion that may be used to verify initial requirements have been met.


Home Study Access and Materials
Be sure to use your credit card’s BILLING ADDRESS on the payment page. Upon successful registration you will be returned to this program page. Once returned to this page a Course Materials section will be opened. Please download the home study instructions from that section and follow them to access those modules. All home study materials must be complete BEFORE the live training session.
Note: Only register for the program ONCE on the APhA site. Any duplicate registrations will be assessed an additional $125 fee.
Remote Injection Assessment Check-off
While we strongly encourage participants to attend the Chapel Hill Injection Technique Assessment, we understand that travel to the UNC-CH campus may be a limitation. We have several regional locations throughout North Carolina (Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte currently) with trained assessors that may be used for this portion of the program. If sites are available, completion of this requirement would be necessary in close proximity of the live program (i.e. within one week due to APhA requirements). You will be able to select your hub during registration. Participants will NOT receive the post assessment code, which is required for certificate, until they have successfully completed the injection assessment. If you have questions or concerns regarding the participation on the UNC-CH campus, please reach out to Austin Companion (, prior to registering for the program.
Live Session Information
Instructions have been emailed to all registered participants. If you have not recieved any information pleae check your spam folder. These details and instructions can also be found under the Course Materials section of this page, AFTER you have logged into your registered account.



Registration Closed  

Home Study
Once registered, please access the Course Materials section of this page to download the home study access instructions. You will need to complete these materials BEFORE the scheduled live session.
Mar. 20 Session
The live session consists for two parts: a instruction portion and a injection techniques portion. The instruction portion will have a limited number of in person spaces available and also be delivered through Zoom. The injection techniques portion will take place in person. Further details on each portion are listed below.
Live Instruction
The live instruction portion will have a limited number of in person spaces available at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. A Zoom webinar format will also be available for this portion of the day. The program will allow participants to view instruction and the opportunity to ask questions and discussion points with the instructor in either format. Participants must attend online at the scheduled time and for the full duration of this program to earn credit. Attendance will be recorded through zoom, and you must be logged in through a computer, not a mobile device. You will have the choice to select your format during registration.
            In Person Injection Technique
The in person injection technique portion will be held in Chapel Hill, NC after the live instruction portion is complete. Each participant will give and receive 3 saline injections for this portion of the program. Participants will be scheduled to come in at specific times to allow for social distancing and areas to be sanitized between groups. Those attending the instruction portion through Zoom will be scheduled later in the day to allow for travel time to your hub. You will have the choice of selecting an injection technique hub (Asheville, Charlotte, Chapel Hill) during registration.
The webinar link, in person location information, and injection schedule will be sent to participants closer to the program date.


Dennis Williams, PharmD
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Brief Bio : Dennis M. Williams, PharmD, is Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy in the School of Pharmacy, the University of North Carolina (UNC), at Chapel Hill. He is also a Clinical Specialist of pulmonary medicine at UNC Hospitals. Dr. Williams earned his pharmacy degree at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in Lexington, where he received his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree in 1981. He is board certified in pharmacotherapy practice and is a certified asthma educator. Dr. Williams is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American Pharmaceutical Association, the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists, and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, among others. He has served on the Joint Committee of the American Pharmacists Association and American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and as a consultant to the Orange County Health Department and the Health Sciences Consortium. He has been a co-investigator or principal investigator in numerous research trials. His work has been published in many medical publications and journals, among them The Journal of Asthma, the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association, the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, and the Pharmaceutical Development and Technology. Dr. Williams is a member of the editorial advisory boards for Asthma and Allergies and the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and is a reviewer for the American Journal of Managed Care, the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, and Clinical Pharmacy, among others. He has also lectured widely on the topics of asthma, inhalation therapies, and effective patient education.

Activity Number

Date: 03/20/21
Time: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

CE Hours



In Person - Chapel Hill (limited) or Online
Registration Closed