Pharmacy-Based Immunization Administration by Pharmacy Technicians (Conference)

Session will be held virtually on Friday, March 12, 2021 from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST in conjunction with APhA2021.

Registration for Annual Meeting is not a requirement to attend.

Important Program Information

To complete this program, you must complete the self-study component, attend the virtual live session and participate in the hands-on injection technique assessment component of the program. Prior to registering for this program, please read all the requirements listed below.

To complete the required Injection Technique Assessment Exercise each participant must Identify a licensed pharmacist in the U.S. who has completed APhA training to administer vaccinations. This pharmacist will be responsible for observing the participant during the injection technique exercise. The demonstrated technique will include giving a willing partner 2 intramuscular and 1 subcutaneous injections of normal saline.

Participant must be able to procure the following supplies needed for the injection technique exercise:

  • (2) 1” safety syringes (1mL 25G x 1" preferred)
  • (1) 5/8” safety syringe (1mL 25G x 5/8" preferred)
  • (1) Vial sodium chloride 
  • Bandages, alcohol swabs, cotton balls, gloves and sharps disposal

If participant CANNOT arrange for the following three actions, please refrain from registering in this program and wait for a future APhA/WSU immunization program that can be held in person.

  1. Secure access to a licensed pharmacist who has completed APhA training to administer vaccinations. The pharmacist will serve the role as an assessor during your injection technique exercise.
  2. Identify a partner to be a simulated patient to receive the 3 normal saline injections you will administering during the injection technique exercise.
  3. Secure access to the necessary supplies needed for the injection technique exercise. 


Registration Information

    • Read the important requirements listed above!
    • Click on the enroll now button and proceed through the checkout process
      • $255 member / $275 non-member program fee is non-refundable 
    • Once purchase has been made, your enrollment is ready to start.  Go to Continuing Education, My Training, at which time you can begin studying

Activity Preview

Originally developed by Washington State University (WSU) and recently revised through a partnership between WSU and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the APhA/WSU Pharmacy-Based Immunization Administration by Pharmacy Technicians training program explores the expanding role of the pharmacy technician by providing additional skills training to administer immunizations.  This two-part program emphasizes a health care 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.

Activity Type: Application-based 
Target Audience: Technicians in all practice settings
Learning Level: Level 3 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of the self-study component, the learner will be able to:

  • 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 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

At the completion of the live component, the learner will be able to:

  • 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 blood borne pathogens
  • Explain the procedures for managing a vaccine reaction emergency

This ACPE activity does not provide a certification in this topic but rather advanced professional training which upon successful completion the learner will be able to download a certificate of achievement.

Accreditation and Activity Completion Requirements


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. APhA's Pharmacy-Based Immunization Administration by Pharmacy Technicians training program is approved for a total of 6.0 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit (0.6 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Numbers (UAN) for this activity are listed below.

  • Successful completion of the self-study component involves passing the self-study assessment with a grade of 70% or higher and will result in 2 contact hours of CPE credit (0.2 CEUs). ACPE UAN: 0202-0000-20-124-H06-T/P
  • Successful completion of the live seminar component involves attending the full live seminar, successfully completing the injection technique assessment, and completing the online assessment and evaluation. Successful completion of this component will result in 4 contact hours of CPE credit (0.4 CEU). ACPE UAN: 0202-0000-20-125-L06-T/P

To obtain 6.0 contact hours of CPE credit (0.6 CEUs) for APhA's APhA's Pharmacy-Based Immunization Administration by Pharmacy Technicians  training program, the learner must complete all components listed above, and CLAIM credit for each component. Participants will need to have a valid APhA ( username and password, as well as a CPE Monitor account to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript. The Certificate of Achievement will be available online upon successful completion of the necessary activity requirements on the participant’s My Training page.

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete the continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the assessment a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Release Date:  February 5, 2020

Expiration Date: February 5, 2023 - PLEASE NOTE: NO Home Study credit granted after this date; Live Credit can only be granted within 60 days from the day of the seminar attended.


The Pharmacy-Based Immunization Administration by Pharmacy Technicians training program was developed by the American Pharmacists Association and Washington State University.  Copyright © 2020 by the American Pharmacists Association and Washington State University. 

System Requirements

Computer and Internet access is required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements to have a positive learning experience.

Technician Immunization Live Seminar

Date 12/31/2020 12:00:00 AM
Address No Address do not use
City Don't Use State Federated States of Micronesia Zip Code 88888