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Pharmacy-Based Immunization Administration by Pharmacy Technicians

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Time: 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
Location: Zoom

This program explores the expanding role of the pharmacy technician by providing additional skills training to administer immunizations. This two-part program emphasizes a healthcare 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.

Program Goals

  • Describe proper technique when drawing up and administering immunizations
  • Recognize commonly used vaccines and their corresponding routes of administration
  • Distinguish proper needle length selection based on the vaccine and patient age and size
  • Identify proper documentation procedures
  • Recall vaccine storage requirements
  • Describe safety measures to avoid accidental needle stick injuries
  • Recognize appropriate actions to take in emergency situations

Live Seminar Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate a successful technique when administering an intramuscular and subcutaneous injection
  • Demonstrate appropriate distraction techniques during immunization administration
  • Demonstrate the use of universal precautions as they pertain to bloodborne pathogens
  • Explain the procedures for managing a vaccine reaction emergency

For a complete list of learning objectives for the self-study and live seminar, please visit APhA’s website.

Registration Information

  • The registration fee for technicians is $275.00
  • The registration deadline is Monday, February 1st at 5 p.m.
  • The registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable


Seminar Details

  • The “live” seminar will be conducted via Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants closer to the program date. Technicians must attend the “live” Zoom session in its entirety. There will not be a recording of this session. Attendance will be taken and video cameras must be turned on for the program’s entirety. (These are APhA policies, and must be adhered to).
  • Computer and Internet access is required to complete this activity. Please visit APhA’s website to view the Technology System Requirements.

 Seminar Requirements

  • Technician participants will need to identify a licensed and APhA Immunization Certified Pharmacist to verify the injection technique portion of the program. This certified pharmacist will sign off on the competency form for the participant. It is recommended that participants use a workplace pharmacist as a verifier of the injection technique and signature on the technique assessment. Participants need to find a person to serve as the recipient of two injections of normal saline. Further instructions will be given during the program regarding this portion of the program.
  • Injection technique supplies will be provided to assist in the completion of the hands-on injection technique. Sharps containers will NOT be provided for technician participants. It is recommended that the technique be performed in the workplace with the use of safe sharps disposal there. Supplies cannot be mailed outside of the United States. All technician participants need to be located in the United States and provide a United States mailing address for injection supplies.
  • Download a pdf of the Board of Registration in Pharmacy Immunization program requirements.
  • Download a pdf of the MCPHS Pharmacy Based Immunization Administration by Pharmacy Technicians program


Matthew Machado, PharmD; Professor of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy-Boston, MCPHS University and Amee Mistry, PharmD; Professor of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy-Boston, MCPHS University

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The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The home-study portion of the Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program is approved for 2 contact hours (0.2 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0202-0000-20-124-H06-T/P). The live training seminar is approved for 4 contact hours (0.4 CEU) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0202-9999-125-H06-T/P).

Release Date: January 20, 2020
Expiration Date: January 20, 2023, Please note: No Home Study credit will be granted after this date; Live Credit can only be granted within 60 days from the day of the seminar attended.

Activity Completion Requirements

To obtain credit for Pharmacy-Based Immunization Administration by Pharmacy Technicians students must complete both home study and final assessments with a grade of 70% or better, attend the live seminar, successfully complete the injection technique assessment, complete the evaluation, and claim credit. To obtain credit, the Learner must claim credit once each component is completed. Once the credit is claimed, transcripts of CPE will be available online within 24 hours on the Learner’s CPE Monitor profile. The Certificate of Achievement will be available online upon successful completion of the necessary activity requirements on the participant’s “My Training” page on

APhA/WSU's Pharmacy-Based Immunization Administration by Pharmacy Technicians training program was developed jointly by the American Pharmacists Association and Washington State University. Copyright © 2020 by the American Pharmacists Association/Washington State University.