Immunization Delivery for Pharmacists

vaccineCourse Overview

This two-part course provides background knowledge and hands-on training in the administration of immunizations. In the online, self-study portion of the course, participants will learn to recognize the public health impact of vaccine-preventable disease in the US; practice the application of CDC-recommended vaccinations in individual patient scenarios; and describe requirements for proper vaccine storage and handling. After finishing the online activities, participants will attend a live  session that culminates in a successful demonstration of intramuscular injection technique on a partner in order to complete the course.

Target Audience

This program is designed for pharmacists with direct patient care responsibilities or those consulting with prescribers. 

Completion Requirements

Immunization Delivery for Pharmacists consists of 20 hours including online self-study and participant live demonstration. Participants will be required to pass (70% or better) two quizzes: one mid-way through the course and a second quiz at the end of the online portion of the course. Participants are required to pass both quizzes prior to attending the live portion of this activity. Information about live demonstration sessions will be communicated in the course Canvas site. Course content will be available until 12/31 and participants must complete course requirements by then.

Registration to launch on or about February 1st, 2021. 


Learning Objectives

Introduction/Establishing a Need

  1. Describe the current regulatory status of pharmacist-administered vaccinations in Minnesota.
  2. Recognize the public health impact of vaccine-preventable disease in the US.
  3. Articulate the levels at which a pharmacist can undertake vaccine advocacy.
  4. Describe a pharmacist's unique opportunities to contribute to disease prevention in the US.

Pharmacotherapeutics/Patient Care

  1. Discuss basic immunology as it relates to vaccines.
  2. Describe vaccine-preventable diseases including: influenza, pneumococcal, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis A and B, poliomyelitis, varicella, varicella zoster, measles, mumps, rubella, and human papillomavirus.
  3. Recognize populations at-risk for vaccine-preventable illnesses.
  4. Apply CDC vaccination recommendations to individual patients.
  5. Review patient-specific immunization records and identify vaccine indications.
  6. Identify patients who have contraindications to vaccine administration.
  7. Outline treatment procedures for patients experiencing local and systemic adverse effects secondary to vaccine administration.
  8. Demonstrate proper intramuscular and subcutaneous injection technique.

Practice Issues

  1. Outline documentation requirements for immunizations including informed consent, patient-specific records, pharmacy records, screening forms, and adverse event reporting.
  2. Recognize the need for communication between pharmacist, patient and primary care provide with respect to vaccine administration.
  3. Describe requirements for proper vaccine storage and handling.
  4. Identify liability issues related to vaccine administration
  5. Describe Medicare reimbursement requirements and processes for vaccine administration.


Ann Philbrick, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota

Dr. Ann Philbrick is an associate professor at the College of Pharmacy at the University Of Minnesota and a clinical pharmacist at the University Of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. She is on the faculty of St. Joseph’s Family Medicine Residency Program and maintains her pharmacy practice at Bethesda Family Medicine Clinic. She graduated in 2006 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency with an emphasis in Ambulatory Care and a PGY-2 Specialized Residency in Ambulatory Care at the University Of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She became Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy in 2008.

At Bethesda Family Medicine Clinic, she provides medication therapy management services and patient education on a variety of disease states and medications. Through collaborative practice protocols, she manages an anticoagulation service and visits with patients for smoking cessation. Dr. Philbrick is also a preceptor of pharmacy and medical students on rotation at the clinic as well as family medicine residents completing an elective rotation in pharmacotherapy. She provides didactic lectures in both the College of Pharmacy and College of Veterinary Medicine. In June 2010 she took over as content expert of immunization education at the College of Pharmacy. She has been published nationally on this topic including the Immunization Chapter in the ACCP Ambulatory Care Preparatory Review Course since its inception (2011) and a Chapter within the Ambulatory Care Self-Assessment Program (ACSAP).


Immunization Delivery for Pharmacists is a two-part course that provides background knowledge and hands-on training in the administration of immunizations. In the online portion of this course, you will learn to recognize the public health impact of vaccine-preventable disease in the US; practice the application of CDC-recommended vaccinations in individual patient scenarios; and describe requirements for proper vaccine storage and handling. All of the materials and assessments for this course are housed in this Canvas course site.

Once you have finished the online portion of Immunization Delivery for Pharmacists by passing the two quizzes with an average score of 70% or better, you must attend a live Q & A with Dr Philbrick and successfully demonstrate intramuscular and subcutaneous injection technique to complete the course. Demonstration may be in person at the College of Pharmacy or with an immunizing pharmacist.

In addition to this, all participants must purchase the following required text to complete this course: "APhA's Immunization Handbook, 4th Edition" by Lauren Angelo (available from Amazon or the APhA bookstore). Some quiz questions will assess required readings from the handbook.

Prior to receiving their statement of credit, all participants must produce documentation of current CPR or BLS certification. CPR/BLS does not need to be completed prior to the live program. However, the statement of credit will be held until the documentation is provided.


Module 1

  • Targeting & Screening
  • Vaccine Basics

Module 2

  • Diseases and Vaccines

Module 3

  • Vaccine Storage and Transport
  • Documentation and Record Keeping
  • Vaccine Administration & Emergency Management

Module 4

  • Obtaining Reimbursement for Services
  • Vaccine Controversies

Registration and Fees


Registration for Immunization Delivery for Pharmacists is currently unavailable. For more information about the next offering of this course, please contact the Continuing Pharmacy Education office at


$350 per pharmacist or $1500 per 5 pharmacist from one organization
MPHA MEMBERS: $325 per pharmacist or $1375 per 5 pharmacists from one organization
COP PRECEPTORS: $300 per pharmacy preceptor and $1250 per 5 from same organization

Contact for these discount codes. Participants from a group must register separately with a discount code.