College of Pharmacy

Continuing Education

Continuing Education

The Office of Continuing Education of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy is dedicated to preparing pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to serve and lead through life-long 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.


Hospital Pharmacy Monthly

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2.0 CEU’s or 20 Contact Hours, Home Study Online Audio Course

Hospital Pharmacy Monthly is a monthly audio series that provides hospital pharmacists and pharmacy leaders with latest information in a fast-paced, up-beat, and enjoyable audio format. Targeted at updating the listener on a myriad of hospital pharmacy topics, the expert commentators present the latest news from a variety of sources, incorporating a discussion format that focuses on the relevance of the information to hospital pharmacy practice.

With each monthly issue you will be able to download the audio program and the written summary as well as have the opportunity to earn 2 hours of ACPE accredited continuing education credits directly on-line. All back issues of both the audio and written summaries as well as the CE exams are available to subscribers at no extra charge as well.  For detailed course information click here.




APhA Pharmacist & Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program

February 9, 2019
2.3 CEU’s or 23 Contact Hours

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 detailed course information click here.



California Compounding Regulations Update

February 23, 2019
0.6 CEU’s or 6 Contact Hours

Want to keep your team ahead of the game? Gain the required knowledge to be up to date on California regulations that impact non-sterile and sterile compounding, review changes needed to comply with laws and regulations and stay current on regulatory issues.

Bring your questions to present to our panel of well-versed and educated professionals on everything from pharmacy law to improving patient and public safety.  For detailed course information click here.



APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services

March 30, 2019
1.0 CEU’s or 10 contact hours

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 detailed course information click here.



Contemporary Compounding Intensive CE 

April 5-7, 2019
1.8 CEU’s or 18 Contact Hours

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. For detailed course information click here.



APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery

May 4, 2019
1.2 CEU’s or 12 Contact Hours (Home Study)
0.8 CEU’s or 8 Contact Hours

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. For detailed course information click here.



Compounding Sterile Products

May 31-June 2, 2019
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.  For detailed course information click here.



Physical Assessment

August 2-4, 2019
WesternU, Health Professions Center, 1st floor, Classroom 1, 550 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA 9176
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. For detailed course information click here.

“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



Group Registration

Please contact Renee Cook directly at: rcook@westernu.edu / 909.706.3826.   


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