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AzPA Psychiatric Certificate Program 

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Program Description: 
The Psychiatric Certificate Program (PCP) is a practice-based activity designed for pharmacists in all practice settings. The intent of this training program is to provide additional training in the area of psychiatric pharmacy to enhance pharmacists’ clinical knowledge that can be applied directly to the patients they serve. 

Program Goals:
  • Provide training to enhance a practitioner’s ability to effectively assess, monitor, and manage the pharmacotherapy of patients with psychiatric disorders.
  • Deliver comprehensive medication therapy management to prevent, treat, and control psychiatric disorders using patient-centered care.
  • Promote appropriate and optimal medication use and adherence that minimizes drug interactions, poly pharmacy, and adverse effects.
  • Encourage healthy life styles and non-drug treatment approaches for optimizing a person’s mental and physical health.
Psychiatric Certificate Program Learning Objectives: 
  1. Discuss the epidemiology and risk factors for the development of each selected psychiatric disorder.
  2. Describe the typical clinical presentation of each selected psychiatric disorder
  3. Evaluate selected patient cases and determine whether a given patient exhibits signs and/or symptoms of each selected psychiatric disorders.
  4. Describe the clinical course of each selected psychiatric disorder
  5. Compare and contrast the efficacy, safety, tolerability, monitoring parameters, and clinically significant drug interactions of pharmacologic treatment modalities commonly employed in the treatment of each selected psychiatric disorder
  6. Recommend appropriate initial medication therapy and therapeutic alterations/adjustments according to clinical practice guidelines
  7. Recognize and effectively manage common drug interactions associated with the treatment of each selected psychiatric disorders
  8. Formulate appropriate counseling information to be given to patients, or caregivers of patients, prescribed pharmacotherapy for the treatment of each selected psychiatric disorder
  9. Recommend strategies to minimize commonly experienced adverse drug events from prescribed medications.

Program Overview:
The Psychiatric Certificate Program is conducted in two parts: the self-study and live training seminar. To earn a certificate of achievement, participants must successfully complete all components of the program, including the self-study modules, the self-study assessment, patient based cases, live training seminar and final examination. All participants are strongly encouraged to attend a Medication Therapy Management training program prior to completing this program but it is not a prerequisite of this course. 

Self-Study Description

Self-Study Learning Modules-are meant to ensure all participants have a basic understanding of psychiatric disorders.

  1. Module: Schizophrenia 
  2. Module: Major Depressive Disorder
  3. Module: Bipolar Disorder
  4. Module: Anxiety Disorder
  5. Module: Sleep Disorders
  6. Module: ADHD 
  • Self-Assessment: Each participant must complete the self-assessments to gauge their comfort level of the material before completing the program. This will also be assessed again at the conclusion of the live seminar. Please fill out the assessments for each module located in the beginning of the handbook for review during the live session.
  • Patient Case-Based Exercises: There are patient based exercises (Patient Care Plan) which needs to be completed as part of the content structure for this activity. These are located within each module of the handbook.
  • Examination for Self-Study: Each participant must complete an online examination and score a 70% or above.
Live Training Seminar:
  • The live training seminar will include didactic presentations as well as interactive training to practice comprehensive medication therapy management skills in the area of psychiatric disorders.
  • You will be required to complete a Final Examination and must receive a score of 70% or above.
  • Upon passing the final examination you will be prompted to complete a final evaluation. This is required in order to complete the Certificate Program and receive your CPEs.


Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) Credit and Activity Requirements:

Psychiatric Certificate Program has been approved for 25.5 contact hours or (2.55 CEUs). 

 ACPE UAN 0100-0000-15-092-B01-P


Initial Release Date: 02-19-2016 

Planned Expiration Date: 02/19/2019

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 exam with a grade of 70% or higher and will result in 17.5 contact hours of CPE credits (1.75 CEUs). 
  • Successful completion of the live seminar component involves attending the full live seminar, passing the final exam with a grade of 70% or higher and completing a final evaluation. Successful completion of this component will result in 8.0 contact hours of CPE credit (0.80 CEU). 

Statements of Credit will be available online within 60 days on participant’s CPE Monitor profile at The Certificate of Achievement will be submitted electronically to all participants 30 days upon successful completion of both the home-study and live seminar.


Activity Completion Requirements:

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded to participants who successfully complete all activity requirements, which include the self assessments, the self-study activity, the self-study exam, the live training seminar, and the final exam and evaluation. The self-study materials must be completed prior to the live session on Friday, February 19, 2016. The final exam and evaluation must be completed no later than March 5, 2016. We will upload all credits 30 days from the live session date. It is the participants responsibility to ensure your credits are uploaded within 60 days from the live session date. After this time you will no longer be able to claim your CPE credit.



The Arizona Pharmacy Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 


Refund Policy:
Refund and/or cancellation requests must be made in writing to the Arizona Pharmacy Association office. A cancellation request made at least two weeks prior to the scheduled program will require $100.00 fee (cancellation fee plus the cost of printed materials). A cancellation request made 10 business days or less prior to the schedule program will require a $150 fee (cancellation plus printed materials, plus cost of food order). You must submit a written request to cancel by email, fax or standard mail. No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received after the posted start date / time of the scheduled program. AzPA reserves the right to cancel any activity due to insufficient pre-registration and as determined by the Executive Director or CE Administrator. In this case, all individuals pre-registered are notified and issued a full refund.

Registration fees cannot be re-allocated to future offerings of this certification program due to the multiple steps involved with processing CE credits. 

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