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Training Programs & Supplemental Course Information

The Ohio Pharmacists Association was instrumental in the passage of HB 394 which allows Ohio pharmacists and pharmacy interns to administer all immunizations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to individuals 7 years of age and older.

Pharmacists and pharmacy interns desiring to give immunizations must:

The Pharmacist Training Program for Immunizations offered by Ohio Pharmacists Foundation (OPF) is a course approved by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy. This program can also serve as a refresher course for pharmacists who may have been trained previously, but who would like to review injection technique, especially if they have not administered immunizations recently. The course will also provide information on currently available vaccines and the recommended dosing schedules.

Pharmacists and pharmacy interns must be able to document that they meet the training criteria for each immunization they will be administering. Additional coursework must be completed if their current certification does not include training on that particular immunization. OPF offers supplemental home-study article to meet this additional training requirement. To order supplemental immunization home-study articles, click here.
If you are unable to attend the next program but are interested in attending a future program, please complete the following form.
Immunization Program Interest Form

Pharmacist Training for Immunizations: Program Details

June 2012 Immunization Training Program - Injection TrainingOn August 5, 2001 the Ohio Pharmacists Foundation, presented the first Ohio pharmacist training program for adult immunizations. This program has been offered since and will continue to be offered as the interest continues.  

Program Goals:

The goals of this program are to train pharmacists 2017 Immunization Training to set up an immunization program for all vaccines in the ACIP-recommended immunization schedules for persons 7 years of age and older; and to train pharmacists to properly administer vaccines and meet the requirements established by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy for recordkeeping and for the use of physician protocols. Participants must demonstrate proper sterile technique and administration of both IM and SQ injections during the program, and should wear clothing with easy access to the deltoid muscle.

This program has been approved by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy to qualify pharmacists to administer all immunizations in the ACIP-recommended immunization schedules to individuals 7 years of age and older.


At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:
1. describe the immune system including types of antigens, types of immunity and the immune system reaction to immunizations;
2. list the disease states and types of immunity associated with immunizations for diphtheria, hepatitis A & B, Hib, HPV, influenza, measles, meningitis, mumps, pertussis, pneumonia, polio, rubella, tetanus, varicella and zoster;
3. identify the appropriate administration schedules, route of administration, injection sites, dosages, precautions and contraindications, proper storage requirements, appropriate patient populations, and appropriate monitoring and treatment of the patient for adverse reactions for each of these immunizations, diphenhydramine and epinephrine;
4. demonstrate proper sterile technique in preparation and administration of injectable and intranasal dosage forms;
5. explain the proper disposal procedures for contaminated needles and immunizations, and the proper procedures for accidental needle sticks; and
6. describe requirements for recordkeeping and protocols as outlined by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

2019 Registration Rates:

Discounted OPA Member: $250
Non-Member: $390
Student: $200

>>Register HERE for the May 23, 2019 Immunization Training<<

May 23, 2019 Immunization Brochure

In order to facilitate Ohio pharmacists' ability to broaden their scope of practice, OPA plans to continue offering this valuable program. If you are interested in attending a future program, please indicate your interest on the following form: Immunization Program Interest Form

Immunization Home Study Programs Available


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