The Advanced Practice Pharmacist Certificate Program is an innovative program that will enhance and assess the knowledge and skills of pharmacists necessary to become an APh.  This program reviews the skills expected of an APh and ensures that candidates completing this program are ready to take on the additional authorities granted by the statute passed in 2013 which also recognizes pharmacists as healthcare providers.

The program consists of five modules reviewing patient assessment, ordering and interpreting drug-therapy related tests, patient referral, drug therapy management and documentation.

There are three components to the program:

  • 30 hours (3.0 CEU) self-study modules with assessment exam
  • 8.0 hour (0.80 CEU) live seminar with interactive case studies and hands on assessment
  • Comprehensive final examination

Self-Study Modules Description

The self-study learning activity is designed to ensure that all participants have a solid foundation needed to perform the duties expected of an APh. The self-study program includes interstitial self-assessments that will assess the participants’ knowledge while the live study will include activities that will assess their skills. Successful completion of the five asynchronous modules are required in order to participate in the live course.

Module 1. Patient Assessment

This learning module focuses on the components of an accurate patient assessment, including providing a sample data collection template.

Module 2. Ordering and Interpreting Drug-Therapy Related Tests

This learning module focuses on the professional standards pharmacists should follow when ordering and interpreting tests for the purpose of monitoring the efficacy and safety of drug therapy.

Module 3. Patient Referral

This module is intended to address those times when the pharmacist is unable to fully assist the patient and needs to refer the patient to another provider for additional care. There are many considerations listed throughout this module, but these may not address every possibility, situation, or emergency that may be faced in providing advanced care. Pharmacists are reminded that using a pharmacist’s professional judgment is required in all advanced patient care activities.

Module 4. Drug Therapy Management

This module will help you find, choose and analyze sources of evidence-based medicine. There will be a discussion of how to assimilate all of the patient information obtained in the assessment portion and apply it in order to create comprehensive plan.

Module 5. Documentation

To provide an overview of documentation styles, key elements of note, Patient Care Model, reimbursement and professional liability as they relate to documentation of pharmacist services.


Live Training Seminar

The live training seminar is an active learning seminar that reinforces and expands on the self-study program. It also includes an assessment piece that requires successful completion in order to participate in the final comprehensive examination.



Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) 

The California Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The Advanced Practice Pharmacist certificate program is approved for 38 contact hours (3.8 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0113-0000-19-039-B04-P).

Activity Type: Practice-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings
Release Date: January 1, 2023
Expiration Date: January 1, 2026

Completion Information: A Certificate of Achievement is awarded to participants who successfully complete all activity requirements, which include the self-study component and live training seminar. Successful completion is defined as a score of 70% or better on both the self-study assessments as well as the comprehensive final examination.

Once credit is claimed, Statements of Credit will be available online within 24 hours on the participant’s CPE Monitor profile at The Certificate of Achievement will be available online upon successful completion of the necessary activity requirements on the participant’s “My Learning Activities” page on


Technology requirements and suggestions for a better learning experience.

In order to participate in this activity, participants must have access to a computer with these minimum system requirements:

 Hardware Requirements

  • Minimal 128 MB of RAM
  • Video card and Speakers

Software Requirements

  • Web Browser
  • Internet Explorer 8.0 or later is recommended, however Chrome and Firefox can also be used.