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Pharmacy Technicians and Vaccinations: An Advanced Training 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.
The Pharmacy Technicians and Vaccinations: An Advanced Training Program is designed to provide the necessary information and requirements as outlined by the PREP act to meet HHS guidelines for initial qualifications of pharmacy technicians to administer vaccines.
This interactive program teaches participants the skills necessary to become a source for vaccine information and administration. The program discusses the expanding role of pharmacy technicians, legal and regulatory requirements for vaccine administration, safety and quality procedures, steps to take in the event of a vaccine emergency and will demonstrate the appropriate immunization administration technique to participants.

There are three components to the certificate training program:

  • 1.5 hour (0.15 CEU) self-study program
  • 3.0 hour (0.3 CEU) live seminar
  • Hands-on assessment of intramuscular and subcutaneous injection technique 



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: Oct 23, 2021 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM



CE Hours


CE Units


Registration closes on Oct 22, 2021 05:00 PM

Activity Type

  • Knowledge

Target Audience(s)

  • Pharmacy Technicians


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**


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. The home study materials will be added there closer to the live session date. 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.
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 (Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Clyde) 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 if the program date). You will be able to select your hub during registration. Participants will NOT receive the post assessment code 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.




Home Study
Once registered, please expand this module and access the Course Materials section to view the content and download the home study materials. You will need to complete these materials BEFORE the scheduled live session.
After reviwing this content you will need to complete a post program assessment with at least a 70% and a program evaluation to earn credit. once those items are finished your credit will automatically be uploaded to CPE Monitor..


  • Explain the advancing role of the technician in pharmacy-based vaccinations
  • Summarize legal and regulatory requirements for vaccine administration
  • List reputable resources for immunizations
  • Explain how to read immunization schedules
  • Outline safety and quality procedures
  • Describe appropriate immunization administration technique


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.

Macary Marciniak, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS, FAPhA
Clinical Associate Professor, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Brief Bio : Macary Marciniak, Pharm.D., is a clinical associate professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her focus is in community pharmacy practice, specifically immunizations, medication therapy management, and self-care. She serves as the director of the PGY1 and PGY2 Community Pharmacy/Academia Residency Programs. Marciniak is an adviser for the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students, a unified professional organization affiliated with the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. She also serves as an adviser for Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. Before returning home to her alma mater, Marciniak was a community pharmacy faculty member at Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, New York, for seven years. She is a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist, a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist and a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association. She has completed certificate-training programs in diabetes, immunizations, MTM, self-care and tobacco cessation. Marciniak is a national faculty trainer for the APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program and has trained hundreds of pharmacists across the United States. Marciniak is an active member of state and national professional organizations. She is currently a member-at-large on the NCAP Community Care Practice Forum Executive Committee and is a member of the NCAP Immunization Task Force. She is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, APhA, ASHP, Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, Phi Delta Chi and Phi Lambda Sigma. Marciniak serves as an APhA media adviser and frequently responds to media requests related to health, wellness and medications. In 2011, she served as the expert pharmacist in a year-long series of episodes for WebMD’s “Ask the Pharmacist.” Macary has been honored with the Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute Albert B. Prescott Leadership Award and the Pharmacists Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award.

Ouita Gatton, RPh

Brief Bio : After graduating from the School in 1989, Gatton worked in consulting, infusion pharmacy, and several independents and chains. Gatton joined the Kroger Pharmacy team in 1997. She eventually advanced to serve as the Kroger Mid-Atlantic Division clinical coordinator in Roanoke, Virginia. In Virginia, Gatton coordinated all pharmacy programs not directly related to dispensing. She provided leadership for 300 pharmacists in 116 pharmacies across six states: North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky. When Gatton returned to Raleigh, she staffed and helped coordinate special projects for Kroger’s North Carolina stores and area communities. She also serves on the Community Care Practice Forum and Immunization Task Force for the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists and is a national immunization trainer for the APhA. Gatton began her role as a residency preceptor with the School in 2013.

Activity Number


Release Date: Mar 1, 2021
Credit Expiration Date: Mar 1, 2022

CE Hours



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 (Clyde, 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.


  • Discuss workflow process for immunization administration in a pharmacy-based setting
  • Describe steps to utilize in the event of a vaccine emergency
  • Demonstrate appropriate immunization administration technique

Activity Number

Date: 10/23/21
Time: 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

CE Hours



Chapel Hill, NC or Online