Training Programs & Information
The Ohio Pharmacists Association was instrumental in the passage of HB 394 which allows Ohio pharmacists and pharmacy interns to administer all immunizations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to individuals 7 years of age and older.
Pharmacists and pharmacy interns desiring to give immunizations must:
• complete a course in drug administration approved by the State Board of Pharmacy;
• receive and maintain certification to perform basic life-support procedures by completing a basic life-support training course certified by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association;
• practice in accordance with a definitive set of treatment guidelines specified in a protocol established by a physician and approved by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.
The last Pharmacist Training Program for Immunizations was held on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.
(This is most likely the last immunization training we will offer in 2015.)
August 2015 Immunization Flyer.pdf
CLICK HERE for additional program information.
If you were unable to attend this program but are interested in attending another time, please complete the following form .
Immunization Program Interest Form
Pharmacist Training Program for Immunizations
On August 5, 2001 the Ohio Pharmacists Foundation, presented the first Ohio pharmacist training program for adult immunizations. This program has been offered since and will continue to be offered as the interest continues.
The goals of this program are to train pharmacists to set up an immunization program for all vaccines recommended by ACIP; and to train pharmacists to properly administer vaccines and meet the requirements established by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy for recordkeeping and for the use of physician protocols. Participants must demonstrate proper sterile technique and administration of both IM and SQ injections during the program, and should wear clothing with easy access to the deltoid muscle.
At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:
1. describe the immune system including types of antigens, types of immunity and the immune system reaction to immunizations;
2. list the disease states and types of immunity associated with immunizations for diphtheria, hepatitis A & B, Hib, HPV, influenza, measles, meningitis, mumps, pertussis, pneumonia, polio, rubella, tetanus, varicella and zoster;
3. identify the appropriate administration schedules, route of administration, injection sites, dosages, precautions and contraindications, proper storage requirements, appropriate patient populations, and appropriate monitoring and treatment of the patient for adverse reactions for each of these immunizations, diphenhydramine and epinephrine;
4. demonstrate proper sterile technique in preparation and administration of injectable and intranasal dosage forms;
5. explain the proper disposal procedures for contaminated needles and immunizations, and the proper procedures for accidental needle sticks; and 6. describe requirements for recordkeeping and protocols as outlined by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.
In order to facilitate Ohio pharmacists' ability to broaden their scope of practice, OPA plans to continue to offer this valuable program. Would you be interested in attending such a course? Please indicate your interest on the following linked form:
Immunizations for HPV, Varicella, Hib and Polio
Credit: 0.15 CEU (1.5 contact hour)
release date: 3-31-15 expiration date: 3-31-18
This program provides background information on human papillomavirus (HPV), varicella, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), and polio; and a working knowledge of vaccines to prevent these diseases. This home-study has been approved by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy as a supplemental course for pharmacists who were previously trained to administer immunizations, but whose training did not include the HPV, varicella, Hib or polio vaccines. (Note: This lesson is a part of the OPF Pharmacist Training Program for Immunizations.)
Immunizations for Measles, Mumps and Rubella
Credit: 0.1 CEU (1 contact hour)
release date: 6-24-14 expiration date: 6-24-17
This program provides information on advances in immunizations for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), and a working knowledge of MMR vaccine. This home-study has been approved by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy as a supplemental course for pharmacists who were previously trained to administer immunizations, but whose training did not include the MMR vaccine. (Note: This lesson is a part of the OPF Pharmacist Training Program for Immunizations.)
Immunizations for Selected Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Credit: 0.35 CEU (3.5 contact hours)
release date: 03-31-2014 exp date: 03-31-2017
(Note: This lesson is a part of the OPF Pharmacist Training Program for Adult Immunizations.)
This lesson provides background information on adult immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases and a working knowledge of influenza, pneumococcal, hepatitis A & B, meningococcal, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and zoster vaccines. (Note: This lesson is a part of the OPF Pharmacist Training Program for Immunizations.)
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February 28, 2016
OPA office- 2674 Federated Blvd., Columbus, OH 43235
April 15-17, 2016
Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH
October 9, 2016
Hilton Columbus at Easton
April 21-23, 2017
Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH