SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) announced today the launch of a new certificate training program. The program, which is open to pharmacists from all practice settings, is intended to provide a pathway for pharmacists looking to become an advanced practice pharmacist.
In 2013, California state legislation, SB 493 (Hernandez) formally recognized pharmacists as healthcare providers and developed a new licensed category known as Advanced Practice Pharmacist. Today's announcement by CPhA and NACDS complements a California State Board of Pharmacy announcement that the regulatory process for recognizing advanced practice pharmacists was complete and they are ready to begin licensing highly educated and trained pharmacists who will collaborate with other healthcare providers to improve patient care.
Advanced practice pharmacists are authorized to perform patient assessments, order and interpret drug-therapy related tests, participate in the evaluation and management of disease and health conditions, refer patients to other providers, and initiate, adjust or discontinue drug therapy for patients.
“We’re excited to be able to advance community-based health care for patients by offering this certificate program, which is one of the regulatory requirements for pharmacists to become an Advanced Practice Pharmacist,” said Jon Roth, Chief Executive Officer of the California Pharmacists Association.
To become an advanced practice pharmacist, applicants must be a licensed pharmacist in good standing and meet any two of the following three criteria established in Business and Professions Code section 4210(a)(2):
- Earn a practice-based certification in a relevant area of practice from an organization recognized by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education or the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.
- Complete a postgraduate residency through an accredited postgraduate institution where at least 50 percent of the experience includes providing direct patient care services with interdisciplinary health-care teams.
- Provide clinical services to patients for at least one year under a collaborative practice agreement or protocol with a physician, advanced practice pharmacist, pharmacist practicing collaborative drug therapy management, or health system.
The Advanced Practice Pharmacist Certificate Training Program is the product of CPhA’s Institute for Advanced Pharmacy Practice and was developed in close collaboration with NACDS. The program satisfies one of the Board of Pharmacy regulatory criteria to become an Advanced Practice Pharmacist. The accredited certificate program consists of thirty-eight (38) hours; including thirty (30) hours of home-study and eight (8) hours of in-person skills demonstration and assessment.
“We are happy to be working with the California Pharmacists Association on this effort that will help patients get the care they need and deserve,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE.
For more information on the advanced practice pharmacist regulatory and application process, please visit the California State Board of Pharmacy webpage.
For more information on the advanced practice pharmacist certificate training, please visit the CPhA webpage.
The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is the statewide professional association for pharmacists in all practicing settings. CPhA promotes the health of the public through the practice of pharmacy.
NACDS represents traditional drug stores and supermarkets and mass merchants with pharmacies. Chains operate more than 40,000 pharmacies, and NACDS’ chain member companies include regional chains, with a minimum of four stores, and national companies. Chains employ more than 3.8 million individuals, including 175,000 pharmacists. They fill over 2.7 billion prescriptions yearly, and help patients use medicines correctly and safely, while offering innovative services that improve patient health and healthcare affordability. NACDS members also include more than 800 supplier partners and nearly 40 international members representing 13 countries. For more information, visit www.NACDS.org.