Continuing Education

The office of Continuing Professional Development at the USC School of Pharmacy provides pharmacists with continuing education programs and skills needed to provide excellent patient care. Our programs are tailored to the lifelong learning and advanced practice needs of alumni, preceptors, and other supporters (voluntary faculty, QSAD members).

We offer live and online training opportunities with active learning methods including workshops, roundtable discussions, and case studies.

Upcoming Programs

APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Program

ACPE-accredited continuing pharmacy education program

  • 20 hours of continuing education credit

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program is based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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. For more information, click here.

Advanced Practice Pharmacist Certificate in Comprehensive Medication Management

USC School of Pharmacy
1985 Zonal Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90089

  • 28 hours of continuing education credit, including 20 hours of self-study and 8 hours of live classroom study
  • Fulfills the certification requirement for advanced pharmacist practice licensure

The USC School of Pharmacy Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM)-based advanced practice pharmacist certification program prepares participants to identify, stratify, evaluate, and manage high-risk patients with poorly-controlled chronic diseases such as metabolic syndrome, asthma/COPD, and depression. For more information, click here.

Managing Pain During the Opioid Crisis

ACPE-accredited application-based continuing education program

  • 1.5 hours of continuing education credit

Opioid overdose has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Pharmacists are called upon to recognize prescription and illicit opioid abuse and recommend treatment. Pharmacists are also called upon to recommend optimal pain management that includes appropriate use of opioids and other interventions. Learn from a USC expert in pain therapeutics on how to balance pain management with opioid safety. For more information, click here.

Naloxone Rescue: The Pharmacist’s Role

ACPE-accredited application-based continuing education program

  • 1 hour of continuing education credit

Pharmacists can play an essential role in decreasing the deaths related to opioid overdose. According to AB-1535, effective April 10, 2015, pharmacists can furnish, without a prescription, naloxone kits to reverse opioid overdose. Pharmacists dispensing this potentially life-saving medication must complete one-hour of continuing education on the use of naloxone. Learn from an expert in community pharmacy on how to achieve harm reduction through optimal education on naloxone rescue. For more information, click here.

Depression Assessment and Treatment

ACPE-accredited application-based continuing education program

  • 5 hours of continuing education credit

This online course is designed to provide instruction on the assessment and treatment of depression including suicide risk. Instruction on the mental status examination is provided along with guidance on when to refer patients for further evaluation. A comprehensive review of treatment options including psychotherapeutic and complementary treatments is presented. Participants will be asked to apply knowledge and skills to diverse cases of depression. For more information, click here.

Contraception for Pharmacists

ACPE-accredited application-based continuing education program

  • 2.5 hours of continuing education credit

This online course was developed in response to California Assembly Bill 1114 that allows pharmacists to bill Medi-Cal for furnishing hormonal contraception and providing counseling on safe and effective contraception as authorized in Section 4052.9 of the Business and Professions Code. This course provides pharmacists with the knowledge and skills needed to function as a reimbursable provider of self-administered hormonal contraception. For more information, click here.

Smoking Cessation for Pharmacists

ACPE-accredited application-based continuing education program

  • 2.5 hours of continuing education credit

This program has been designed to prepare pharmacists to serve as reimbursable providers of nicotine replacement therapy and counseling to facilitate smoking cessation.  The course begins with a review of the latest CDC guidelines and CA Board of Pharmacy AB1114 legislation. Dr. Rory Kim guides participants through case-based modules to apply non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments for smoking cessation. For more information, click here.

USC International Travel Medicine Review Certificate Course

ACPE-accredited continuing pharmacy education program

  • 15 hours of continuing education credit

This program 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. For more information, click here.

Interpretation of Pharmacogenomics

ACPE-accredited application-based continuing education program

  • 1 hour of continuing education credit

This online course is designed by our experts in pharmacogenomics to assist pharmacists in providing the latest information in the field of research that studies how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. Pharmacists are distinctly suited to meet the need for patient counseling and interpretation of pharmacogenomic results because of their unique training and strategic placement in the community setting. For more information, click here.

Accreditation

The USC School of Pharmacy is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of knowledge, application, and practice-based educational 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

Diane Yoon, Ed.D.
Associate Director, Continuing Professional Development
323-442-2403

 

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