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APhA Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management Program

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Visit the Calendar of Events Page - Cardiovascular Certificate Program Category for upcoming dates

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management is an innovative and interactive certificate training program that explores the pharmacist’s role in cardiovascular disease risk management. This practice-based activity is the first step for pharmacists interested in learning the essential skills to successfully assess risk, promote cardiovascular disease prevention, and encourage patient adherence to therapy.

The goals of this program are to: 

  • Educate pharmacists on current evidence-based treatment goals and clinical management recommendations for dyslipidemia and hypertension.
  • Familiarize pharmacists with important concepts related to healthful lifestyle changes that focus on cardiovascular disease prevention.
  • Introduce techniques and skills for encouraging patient adherence to prescribed therapies.
  • Ensure pharmacist proficiency in blood pressure measurement technique and point-of-care lipid testing.
  • Enhance pharmacist experience in applying elements of motivational interviewing with respect to medication adherence and lifestyle modifications.

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management certificate training program has two components: web-based interactive self-study with assessment and the live seminar with online final assessment. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all program components, including an evaluation.

Live Training Seminar will focus on these core areas: 

  • A case-based approach to cardiovascular disease risk assessment and treatment decisions, managing special situations, treating hypertension in a patient with diabetes, and lifestyle modifications and motivational interviewing.
  • Skills assessments on blood pressure measurement technique and motivational interviewing. Participants will be conducting blood pressure assessments on other participants.
  • A discussion regarding the role of the pharmacist and existing business models for cardiovascular disease risk management services.


For a complete list of learning objectives and for all APhA accreditation information and policies, please visit APhA’s website,


Seminar Agenda:

  • Registration
  • Welcome, Introductions and Acknowledgements
  • Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment and Treatment Decisions     
  • Break
  • Special Situations and Clinical Updates
  • Clinical Updates
  • Lifestyle Modifications and Motivational Interviewing
  • Lunch and Networking
  • Motivational Interviewing Activity
  • Patient Assessment Skills 
  • Blood Pressure Measurement Practice
  • Break
  • Business and Practice Models
  • Transitions of Care Patient Case
  • Take Home Points and Final Instructions
  • Adjournment


Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) Information and Activity Completion Requirements

Initial release date: 02/20/2015; expiration date:  02/20/2018

Activity Type:  Practice-based

Learning Level: 2 — Experience with the topic is recommended, but advanced expertise or specialty practice in the subject area is not necessary. This activity will focus on expanding the learner’s knowledge and application of new and/or more complex information.

Target Audience:  Pharmacists in all practice settings 

  • Successful completion of the self-study component involves passing the self-study assessment with a grade of 70% or higher and will result in 12 contact hours of CPE credits (1.2 CEUs). ACPE Universal Activity Number: 0202-9999-15-001-H04-P
  • Successful completion of the live seminar component involves attending the full live seminar, passing the final assessment with a grade of 70% or higher and completing a skills assessment. Successful completion of this component will result in 8 contact hours of CPE credit (0.80 CEU).    ACPE Universal Activity Number: 0202-9999-15-002-L04-P 

Once credit is claimed, Statements of Credit will be available online within 24 hours on 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 Training” page on


Activity Completion Requirements

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded to participants who successfully complete all activity requirements, which include a pre-test, the self-study activity, the self-study assessment, the live training seminar, and the final assessment. Successful completion is defined as completing the pre-test, a self-study assessment score of 70% or higher, attendance at the live seminar, a final assessment score of 70%, and completion of the activity evaluation.


The American Pharmacists Association and the Arizona Pharmacy Association are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.



Activity Requirements -  Course material and exams will be accessed online - In order to participate in this activity, registrants must have access to a computer with minimum system requirements:  Internet connectivity with current version of internet browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer (V8 and above); Adobe Acrobat Reader, Flash Player 8 or higher, Windows 95, Pentium 3 or equivalent processor, 64 MB of free memory (not 64 MB total), and Audio: Sound card and speakers or earphones.  For full technology requirements, please visit



APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management  was developed by the American Pharmacists Association.




Refund Policy:

The Arizona Pharmacy Association is a licensed partner, co-sponsor of this APhA certificate programs.  If you decide that you cannot complete the program because of time restraints, and/or must cancel last minute for any kind of emergency, the fee to cancel will be $175.  AzPA must receive your cancellation notice in writing at least two weeks prior to the live program offering.  After that, there will be no refunds granted.

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