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Continuing Education

The College of Pharmacy Office of Continuing Education is dedicated to preparing pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to serve and lead through lifelong learning by providing quality continuing professional education designed to enhance professional competence, critical thinking, active learning, and skills development. Our primary target audiences are our alumni, preceptors and those pharmacists and technicians within our professional community.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Renee Cook at: rcook@westernu.edu or 909-706-3826.   

  • APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management

    September 20 & 22, 2022
    6:00 to 10:00 p.m. (2 evenings)

    2.1 CEU’s or 21 Contact Hours
    Zoom Online Presentation

    APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services presents a
    systematic approach for developing, implementing, delivering, and sustaining
    MTM services. It includes an overview of the marketplace for delivering MTM
    services, guidance for implementing MTM services in pharmacy practice, a review
    of the essential skills and knowledge needed for performing MTM successfully,
    and an organized process for identifying medication-related problems. The
    purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists to improve
    medication use through the delivery of MTM services in a variety of practice
    settings.  For more information click here.

    Register Here

  • APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Administration By Pharmacy Technicians

    September 30 and October 2, 2022
    Sept. 30 – Zoom – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
    October 2 -In Person scheduled by appointment

    0.6 CEU’s or 6 Contact Hours
    Western University of Health Sciences
    Health Professions Center
    550 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA, 91766

    Originally developed by Washington State University (WSU) and recently revised
    through a partnership between WSU and the American Pharmacists Association
    (APhA), the APhA/WSU Pharmacy-Based Immunization Administration by
    Pharmacy Technicians training program explores the expanding role of the
    pharmacy technician by providing additional skills training to administer
    immunizations. This two-part program emphasizes a health care team
    collaboration between pharmacists and technicians which seeks to improve
    population health by increasing immunization rates in states that allow
    technicians to immunize.

    Composed of an online self-study component combined with a live seminar that
    teaches hands-on immunization techniques, this program will provide a total of
    six hours of continuing education for technicians and pharmacists.  For more information click here.

    Register Here

  • APhA’s Pharmacist & Patient-Centered Diabetes Care

    October 8, 2022
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    2.3 CEU’s or 23 Contact Hours
    Western University of Health Sciences
    Health Professions Center
    550 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA, 91766

    The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) developed The Pharmacist and
    Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program, is an educational
    experience designed to equip pharmacists with the knowledge, skills, and
    confidence needed to provide effective, evidence-based diabetes care. The
    program provides comprehensive instruction in current diabetes concepts and
    standards of care and incorporates case studies and hands-on skills training
    focused on the situations most likely to be encountered—as well as the services
    most needed—in community and ambulatory care practice settings. Participants
    will gain experience evaluating and adjusting drug therapy regimens for
    patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, counseling patients about lifestyle
    interventions, analyzing and interpreting self-monitoring of blood glucose
    results and assessing the overall health status of patients to identify needed
    monitoring and interventions. For more information click here.

    Register Here

  • APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery

    November 15, 17 & 19, 2022
    Nov. 15 & 17 – Zoom – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
    Nov. 19 – In Person scheduled by appointment

    2.0 CEU’s or 20 Contact Hours
    Western University of Health Sciences
    Health Professions Center
    550 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA, 91766

    The American Pharmacists Association’s (APhA) 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. The purpose of this certificate training program
    is to prepare pharmacists with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and resources
    necessary to provide immunization services to patients across the life span.  For more information click here.

    Register Here

  • Basic Principles of Sterile Compounding

    New Dates Coming Soon
    0.6 CEU’s or 6 Contact Hours

    Western University of Health Sciences
    Health Professions Center
    550 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA, 91766

    For pharmacists and pharmacy technicians engaged in preparing compounded sterile preparations (CSP). This course puts forward up-to date knowledge, key skills and   hands-on training on aseptic techniques, all in a one day workshop. The contents focus on the standards and best practices before a CSP reaches a patient. The material is thorough and balanced to ensure an easy-flow of information. At the end of the course, you are expected to be well-versed and equipped with skills to further your career or reinforce your knowledge base.

  • Journey Through Caring for Adult Transgender Patients

    New Dates Coming for 2023

    0.24 CEU’s or 24 Contact Hours

    Western University of Health Sciences
    Health Professions Center, Classroom 1
    550 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA, 91766

    This CE will allow providers to gain a solid foundation regarding transgender health care and the skills necessary to provide healthcare for transgender patients in a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment.

  • American Pharmacists Association’s Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery

    Dates Coming Soon

    – 12 hours Home Study
    – 6 Hours Virtual Zoom Live
    – 2 Hours In Person Practicum

    (Dentists, Optometrists, Podiatrists & Veterinarians Welcome)
    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. The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to provide immunization services to patients across the life span.

  • Contemporary Compounding Intensive CE

    Spring of 2023
    Date Coming Soon

    1.8 CEU’s or 18 Contact Hours

    Western University of Health Sciences
    Health Professions Center
    550 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA, 91766

    Non-sterile compounded medications often play an extremely important role in the quality of patient care and prescribers have become increasingly aware of the benefits that customized medications offer. The pharmacist and pharmacy technician must have a strong foundation on how to prepare these products. Technology has provided the equipment and techniques necessary to compound effectively and accurately. To prepare participants to meet the needs of patients, we have designed a program that will provide the pharmacist and technician the knowledge and skills to prepare the highest quality of compounded medications and services. As part of the course, attendees will receive a template of a policy and procedure manual.

  • APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Travel Health Services (2nd Edition)

    Dates Coming Soon
    WesternU, Health Professions Center, 550 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA 91766

    • 0.6 CEU’s or 6 Contact Hours Web Based Self Study Modules  with Case Studies and assessment exam
    • 4.0 hour (0.40 CEU) live seminar with assessment exam

    APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Travel Health Services (2nd Edition) is an innovative and interactive advanced competency training (ACT) program that explores the pharmacist’s role in providing travel health services to patients. This application-based activity is the first step for pharmacists interested in learning the essential skills necessary to successfully provide travel health services.

  • Physical Assessment – A Certificate Training Workshop for Pharmacy Practitioners

    New Dates Coming Soon
    WesternU, Health Professions Center, 1st floor, Classroom 1, 550 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA 91766

    • 2.1 CEU’s or 21 Contact Hours

    As pharmacists expand their scope of practice under new legislation (SB493), physical assessment is a key skill necessary for advanced practice. This 21 hour course will prepare the pharmacist to obtain a history and perform a basic physical examination that will enable them to assess and monitor drug therapy. The course will employ written materials, lectures, demonstrations and hands on practice and feedback.

    “As a practicing in-patient hospital pharmacist, the more information I know about the patient, the better. The Physical Assessment Course at WesternU provided me with the necessary tools needed to understand the H&P in-depth and teaches pharmacists how to become knowledgeable of the different Physical Assessment skills utilized in healthcare to ensure correct assessment and monitoring of drug therapy. The Advance Practice Pharmacist will need to know how a Physical Assessment is done, which will help any pharmacist in any field.”

    Dennis Andrew Ancheta, PharmD, BCPS, CGP

    “I want to take a moment to thank the team from WesternU, College of Pharmacy for training our ambulatory care pharmacists in the much needed skills of comprehensive physical assessment. The program was top notch and focused on improving our clinical pharmacists capabilities during face-to-face clinic visits. We are now more strategically positioned for our ever-expanding population health management model that seeks to amplify the hard work of our primary care physicians by managing the challenging and time-consuming multiple chronic diseases between those critical primary care doctor visits. This is effective team-based care and our outcomes in diabetes, CODP, CHF, CAD, hepatitis C are impressive and helped our medical group achieve a five star rating from the IHA – one of only 6 medical groups in California to obtain this honor. The training has transformed our pharmacist patient encounters and now we are referring these patients back to our PCP’s with issues identified during these assessments. The possibilities now remain endless for our pharmacists – as we create our own future instead of waiting for it to arrive.”

    Brian Hodgkins, PharmD, FCSHP, FASHPEVP
    Clinical Operations & HPN ACO
    Desert Oasis Healthcare

  • Compounding Sterile Products

    Compounding Sterile Products - a certificate training workshop on May 31 to June 2, 2019

    Rescheduled – Dates Coming Soon
    2.0 CEU’s or 20 Contact Hours

    Health-system pharmacists and technicians need more training in sterile compounding as the California State Board of Pharmacy is now requiring special licenses for sterile compounding pharmacies with stricter requirements for education and training of staff.  This course provides sterile compounding lectures, demonstrations and hands on practice as well as the applicable training in the standards, regulations and laws.