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Training Programs & Supplemental Course Information

The Ohio Pharmacists Association was instrumental in the passage of HB 394 which allows Ohio pharmacists and pharmacy interns to administer all immunizations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to individuals 7 years of age and older.

Pharmacists and pharmacy interns desiring to give immunizations must:
• complete a course in drug administration approved by the State Board of Pharmacy;
• receive and maintain certification to perform basic life-support procedures by completing a basic life-support training course certified by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association;
• practice in accordance with a definitive set of treatment guidelines specified in a protocol established by a physician and approved by the State Board of Pharmacy.

The Pharmacist Training Program for Immunizations offered by Ohio Pharmacists Foundation (OPF) is a course approved by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy. This program can also serve as a refresher course for pharmacists who may have been trained previously, but who would like to review injection technique, especially if they have not administered immunizations recently. The course will also provide information on currently available vaccines and the recommended dosing schedules.

Pharmacists and pharmacy interns must be able to document that they meet the training criteria for each immunization they will be administering. Additional coursework must be completed if their current certification does not include training on that particular immunization. OPF offers supplemental home-study article to meet this additional training requirement. To order supplemental immunization home-study articles, click here.

*Please Note: Unless there is a large demand, what was likely the last immunization training program for this year, was held on August 30, 2017.
 
If you were unable to attend this program but are interested in attending another time, please complete the following form .
Immunization Program Interest Form

Pharmacist Training for Immunizations: Program Details

June 2012 Immunization Training Program - Injection TrainingOn August 5, 2001 the Ohio Pharmacists Foundation, presented the first Ohio pharmacist training program for adult immunizations. This program has been offered since and will continue to be offered as the interest continues.  

Program Goals:June 2012 Immunization Training Program

The goals of this program are to train pharmacists to set up an immunization program for all vaccines in the ACIP-recommended immunization schedules for persons 7 years of age and older; and to train pharmacists to properly administer vaccines and meet the requirements established by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy for recordkeeping and for the use of physician protocols. Participants must demonstrate proper sterile technique and administration of both IM and SQ injections during the program, and should wear clothing with easy access to the deltoid muscle.

This program has been approved by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy to qualify pharmacists to administer all immunizations in the ACIP-recommended immunization schedules to individuals 7 years of age and older.

Objectives.
At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:
1. describe the immune system including types of antigens, types of immunity and the immune system reaction to immunizations;
2. list the disease states and types of immunity associated with immunizations for diphtheria, hepatitis A & B, Hib, HPV, influenza, measles, meningitis, mumps, pertussis, pneumonia, polio, rubella, tetanus, varicella and zoster;
3. identify the appropriate administration schedules, route of administration, injection sites, dosages, precautions and contraindications, proper storage requirements, appropriate patient populations, and appropriate monitoring and treatment of the patient for adverse reactions for each of these immunizations, diphenhydramine and epinephrine;
4. demonstrate proper sterile technique in preparation and administration of injectable and intranasal dosage forms;
5. explain the proper disposal procedures for contaminated needles and immunizations, and the proper procedures for accidental needle sticks; and
6. describe requirements for recordkeeping and protocols as outlined by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

*Please Note: Unless there is a large demand, what was likely the last immunization training program for this year, was held on August 30, 2017.

2017 Registration Fees:
Discounted OPA Member Rate: $235   Non-Member Rate: $375

In order to facilitate Ohio pharmacists' ability to broaden their scope of practice, OPA plans to continue to offer this valuable program. If you are interested in attending such a future course, please indicate your interest on the following linked form:

Immunization Program Interest Form

Immunization Home Study Programs Available

 

 

 

To order Home-Study CE, Click Here


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Live Webinar: Required OSHA Training for Immunizing Pharmacists

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2017 OPA Midyear Meeting

Makoy Center, Hilliard

November 14, 2017
8:30AM-5:00PM

Pharmacist Legislative Day 2017

November 17, 2017
3:00PM

Live Webinar: Required OSHA Training for Immunizing Pharmacists

April 20-22, 2018

140th OPA Annual Conference & Trade Show

Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH