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

20th Annual Winter Retreat

January 2015

Details to come on this 8-hour continuing pharmacy education program that addresses a broad range of current issues pertinent to pharmacy practice.

Program information and registration, contact Mary Wackerman at 323.442.1360 or mwacker@usc.edu.

Optimizing Medication Safety and Healthcare Quality

February 20-21, 2014
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
If you missed the program, you can see many of the presentations at:
Day 1
Day 2

USC Hawaii Summer Conference 2014

August 4-8, 2014
Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa, Maui, Lahaina
Up to 21 Continuing Education Hours
Register Now

Pharmacists and nurses can earn up to 21 hours of ACPE accredited Continuing Pharmacy Education.  This year’s conference will focus on nutrition, mental health and pharmacy law. More information to come.

For more information, contact Lindsay Hirata at pharmce@usc.edu or
323.442.2403.

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.

USC Pharmacist Licensure Examination Review 2013

This intensive board review course offers access to a cadre of world-class instructors. The USC Licensure Examination Review Course includes:

80-85 hours of lectures
Attendant notes and tables to complement the lectures
165-item practice exam with classroom review session

For more information, 323.442.2403 or pharmce@usc.edu

Hybrid Programs (including live and web-based elements)

APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Program with the USC School of Pharmacy

The Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery program is the nationally known APhA certificate training program recognized by state boards of pharmacy and national chains and taught by USC School of Pharmacy faculty.

This program will be held on Saturday, October 26, 9 AM to 5 PM, at the USC School of Pharmacy. More details and registration information.

The Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Program is an innovative and interactive training program that teaches pharmacists the skills necessary to become a primary source for vaccine information and administration. Course content includes the basics of immunology and focuses on practice implementation and legal/regulatory issues.

There are three components to the certificate training program:

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

The goals of the certificate training program are to:

  • Provide comprehensive immunization education and training
  • Provide pharmacists with knowledge, skills and resourses necessary to establish and promoto a successful immunization service
  • Teach pharmacists to identify at-risk patient ppopulations needing immunizations
  • Teach pharmacists to administer immunizations in compliance with legal and regulatory standards

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.

Accreditation

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

Jeffery Goad, PharmD, MPH, Vice Chair for Continuing Professional Development, Credentialing and Distance Education
(323) 442-1907
goad@usc.edu

General Information
(323) 442-2403
(323) 442-3600 (fax)
pharmce@usc.edu