Continuing Education

The field of pharmacy is changing rapidly. Now more than ever, pharmacy professionals must stay current with advancements in research, technology and practice. Pharmacists meet this demand through completing required continuing education (CE) courses. CE requirements vary by state, by professional organizations and by hospital organizations.

Continuing professional development at the USC School of Pharmacy provides exceptional training for practicing pharmacists—as well as other health care professionals and scientists—through quality programs that are:

  • Taught by leading clinicians and scientists
  • Based in innovative research
  • Current with new discoveries that correlate directly with patient care

The School offers partial- and multi-day programs. Recent topics have included asthma, diabetes, drug abuse, hypertension, psychiatric disorders, immunization training, sleep disorders, and pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research.

Future plans include an annual roster of travel programs, an expanded list of local and weekend programs at the USC Health Sciences Campus, an array of certificate programs, and web-based and home-study offerings that can be easily accessed.

Live Programs

21st Annual Winter Retreat presented by QSAD Centurion

  • January 29-31, 2016
  • Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort, Rancho Mirage, CA

This eight-hour continuing education program provides pharmacists with cutting-edge information on several aspects of pharmacy practice including: PTSD, sexual therapeutics, substance abuse, nutrition and gut microbiota, and risks for Alzheimer’s disease. Faculty include:

  • Jason N. Doctor, PhD, Associate Professor, Clinical Pharmacy & Economics and Policy, USC School of Pharmacy
  • Julie A. Dopheide, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, USC School of Pharmacy and Keck School of Medicine
  • Cynthia L. Lieu, PharmD, BCNSP, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Director of Student Outreach for Community Health, USC School of Pharmacy
  • Pargol Khorsandi-Nazarian, PharmD, BCPP, Clinical Psychiatric Pharmacist, VA Hospital, Long Beach, California
  • Glen L. Stimmel, PharmD, Interim Dean, John Stauffer Dean’s Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Psychiatry, USC School of Pharmacy and Keck School of Medicine
  • Bradley R. Williams, PharmD, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Clinical Gerontology, USC School of Pharmacy

2016 Winter Retreat Program Brochure
For additional program and hotel information, contact Cheryl Stanovich at 323.442.1738 or

3rd USC National Conference on Optimizing Medication Safety & Healthcare Quality: Best Practices & Collaborations for Public Health/Community Pharmacy, Geriatrics and Mental Health

  • February 11 & 12, 2016
  • University of Southern California-University Park Campus
  • CE credit will be available for pharmacists and nurses

This two-day conference will bring together physicians, pharmacists, nurses, other healthcare providers, policy experts and payers for an in-depth look at where healthcare is heading in today’s ACA environment. The program will examine today’s most pressing public health challenges and strategies to address them.


Web-based Programs

To make lifelong learning opportunities available to practicing pharmacists, the School of Pharmacy is developing a slate of online programs. These programs will be offered as individual courses or as part of certificates. Please check the site often for new availabilities.

USC International Travel Medicine Review Certificate Course

This ACPE-accredited continuing pharmacy education program in International Travel Medicine has been designed to assist pharmacists in expanding their knowledge and skills related to improving care provided to patients traveling internationally. The pharmacist is in a unique position to help patients traveling abroad to fully prepare them by recommending appropriate immunizations, medications, and over the counter products, as well as to provide them with travel advice.

Register now for the USC International Travel Medicine Course.

Hybrid Programs (including live and web-based elements)

USC School of Pharmacy Presents: APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery

This certificate training program for pharmacists provides 20 hours of continuing education credit, including 12 hours of self study and 8 hours of live classroom study.

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program (13th Edition) is an innovative, intensive, and practice-based continuing pharmacy education, based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This program is designed to educate pharmacists about the professional opportunities for vaccine advocacy and administration. 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.

  • Saturday, October 24, 2015
  • 9 am – 5 pm
  • USC School of Pharmacy, 1985 Zonal Ave, Los Angeles CA 90089 – Room 104
  • Audience: Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals aiming to learn the skills necessary to become a primary source for vaccine advocacy, education and administration.
  • Goal: To provide comprehensive immunization education and training, as well as provide the pharmacist with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to establish and promote a successful immunization service
  • Objectives: At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
    1. Identify opportunities for pharmacists to become involved in immunization delivery
    2. Describe how vaccines evoke an immune response and provide immunity
    3. Discuss the legal, regulatory, and liability issues involved with pharmacy-based immunization programs
    4. Describe the signs and symptoms of adverse reactions that can occur after vaccination
    5. Demonstrate appropriate intramuscular and subcutaneous injection techniques for adult immunization
    6. Describe emergency procedures for management of patients with adverse reactions to vaccination

    For a complete list of learning objectives, please visit the APhA website.


  • Leah Amirian, PharmD, lecturer, USC School of Pharmacy
  • Edith Mirzaian, PharmD, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy, USC School of Pharmacy


  • $375 – includes all program materials, lunch, breaks, parking
  • $300 – reduced registration rate for USC approved preceptors, USC alumni and USC QSAD members

To register:

  • Send a check made out to the USC School of Pharmacy (no credit cards accepted)
  • Include your name, complete mailing address, email and phone
  • Mail to USC School of Pharmacy, Attention: Lindsay Hirata, Office of CPD, 1985 Zonal Ave, LA CA 90089-9121

More information: Contact Lindsay Hirata or at 323.442.2403

Full program information.

Collaborative Opportunities

The Office of Continuing Professional Development is available to collaborate with organizations seeking support in developing, managing or accrediting continuing pharmacy education programs. We have worked with continuing medical education providers, content developers and partners in industry, assisting in development and delivery of a variety of programs.


The USC School of Pharmacy is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy professional development, as well as certificate programs. The School is a pioneer in continuing pharmacy education—approved as one of the first 10 such providers in the nation by ACPE.

Contact Us

Office of Continuing Professional Development
School of Pharmacy
University of Southern California
1985 Zonal Avenue, PSC 200
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9121

Julie Dopheide, PharmD, Director of Continuing Professional Development
(323) 442-1454

General Information
(323) 442-2403
(323) 442-3600 (fax)