Advanced Practice Pharmacist Certificate in Comprehensive Medication Management

The University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM)-based APP certification program prepares pharmacists to optimize treatment plans for complex patients with poor or fragile health who are at high-risk for medication-related problems.

In addition to being fully compliant with the California Board of Pharmacy criteria for APP certification, the USC School of Pharmacy program is distinct in that APP is taught within the standards of Comprehensive Medication Management, which has been recognized by the state of California and nationally by CMS as a “breakthrough innovation” for significantly improving patient experience, health outcomes, and cost savings.  As efforts to spread awareness and adoption of sustainable CMM services locally and nationally progress, you can be at the forefront by attending this program. To learn more about how the USC School of Pharmacy is providing CMM services locally, please visit the California Right Meds Collaborative website.

Credit: Earn 28 hours of continuing education credit, including 20 hours of web-based self-study and 8 hours of live classroom study.

Next date offered: June 25, 2023, in-person training

Program Highlights

  • Fulfills the certification requirement for advanced practice pharmacist licensure. Assures that participants are able to perform patient assessment; order and interpret drug therapy-related tests; refer patients to other healthcare providers; participate in the evaluation and management of disease and health conditions in collaboration with other healthcare providers; initiate, adjust and discontinue drug therapy.
  • 20 hours of web-based self-study modules including current practice guidelines/evidence, instructional videos taught by experienced faculty and clinicians, and useful tools and resources.
  • Training is based on over 30 years of CMM practice experience in multiple healthcare settings serving commercially insured, senior, underserved/safety net, and Veteran populations and health systems.
  • 8 hours of live training will be provided in a virtual format with a heavy emphasis on application, patient evaluation/interaction and final competency assessment.
  • Multiple common chronic conditions will be used to teach APP application
Topic / Disease State

Diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


Michelle Chu, PharmD, CDE, BCACP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
USC School of Pharmacy

Upper Respiratory Infection

Comprehensive Medication Management


Steven Chen, PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP, FNAP
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
William A. Heeres and Josephine A. Heeres Chair in Community Pharmacy
USC School of Pharmacy

Specimen Collection Skills (URI)


Richard H. Dang, PharmD, APh, BCAP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Residency Program Director
President, California Pharmacists Association (CPhA)
USC School of Pharmacy

Motivational Interviewing


Dri Wang, PharmD, BCPP
Senior Medical Sciences Liaison 
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 

  • Other unique features include instruction (on-line and live) on motivational interviewing, management of complex patients, and four OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) stations including one where each participant will provide CMM for a standardized patient (professionally-trained patient actor)
  • Participants successfully completing the program will receive a USC School of Pharmacy CMM certificate that can be used to document advanced practice training.

For more information, contact or at 323.442.2403.

Click here for more information about the in-person training on June 25, 2023.

Activity Type: Practice-based
Activity Fee: $1,000 general tuition / $800 for USC School of Pharmacy alumni and preceptors with discount code. (For discount code, please email