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2019 Programs

  • Credit Hours: 6 contact hours, 0.6 CEU's
  • Conference Website and Registration
  • Dates and Locations:
    • Feb. 22 - Birmingham
    • March 8 - Huntsville
    • March 29 - Montgomery
  • Cost: $25
  • Target Audience: This knowledge-based program is intended for pharmacists, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, social workers, and first responders.
  • Faculty: Brent Fox and Haley Phillippe
  • Summary: Alabama lacks a comprehensive, coordinated effort among law enforcement, medical services personnel, regulatory groups, health care professionals, and public health agencies to address the problem of prescription drug and illicit drug addiction. To advance efforts to address this problem, Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy and the Alabama Department of Public Health have partnered to host an interprofessional conference that will bring together experts from law enforcement, medical services, first responders, regulatory boards, health care, and public health to identify practical strategies to confront the challenging situations surrounding prescription medications and illicit drugs with high potential for addiction.

  • Credit Hours: 2 ACPE approved hours
  • Online Registration
  • Date: March 30, 2019
  • Time: 9 - 11 a.m.
  • Locations: Auburn only
  • Cost: Free to HSOP alumni
  • Target Audience: This knowledge-based program is intended for community or institutional pharmacists.
  • Faculty: Salisa Westrick
  • Summary: Coming Soon.


  • 10 credit hours, ACPE and ALBOP approved
  • Online Registration
  • Date: July 19-20, 2019
  • Time:
    • Friday: 1 - 5:15 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
  • Locations: Auburn only
  • Cost: $275
  • Target Audience: This knowledge-based program is intended for pharmacists, nurses, physicians, and nurse practitioners.
  • Faculty: Amber Hutchison and Haley Phillippe
  • Summary: This program will provide 10 hours of CE credit. The Friday portion of the program will be directed to those wanting to receive Consultant Certification from the Alabama Board of Pharmacy. Saturday’s programming will focus on disease states and medications that impact the older adult. Participants will have the option of registering for both Friday and Saturday programming for a total of 10 hours of CE credit. All 10 hours of programming are approved by the Alabama Board of Pharmacy for consultant credit hours as well as ACPE credit hours.

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  • Credit Hours:
    • ACPE approved for .6 CEUs for pharmacists
    • ABN approved for 7.2 CE credits for nurses
    • CME approval pending
  • Online Registration
  • Date: July 20, 2019
  • Time: 8 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
  • Locations: Auburn, Mobile, Birmingham and Huntsville
  • Cost: $200
  • Target Audience: This knowledge-based program is intended for pharmacists, nurses, physicians, and nurse practitioners. CME approval pending.
  • Faculty: TBA
  • Summary: This program will focus on disease states and medications that impact the older adult. The 6 hour program will be hosted simultaneously in Auburn, Mobile, Birmingham, and Huntsville.

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  • Credit Hours: 3 ACPE and ALBOP approved credit hours
  • Online Registration
  • Date: September 8, 2019
  • Time: 1 - 4:15 p.m.
  • Locations: Auburn, Live Webinar
  • Cost: $100
  • Target Audience: This knowledge-based program is intended for community or institutional pharmacists.
  • Faculty: TBA
  • Summary: This unique program was developed to educate and assist preceptors on interprofessional education, motivating students, improving student performance, demonstrating to students the importance all practice settings, and improving overall communication. Engaging material will include interactive lectures, group discussions, and real-world examples.

  • Credit Hours: 4 ACPE approved hours, 4 ABN approved credit hours
  • Online Registration
  • Home Study Program
  • Cost: $0
  • Target Audience: This knowledge-based home-study is intended for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and nurses.
  • Summary: Antimicrobial resistance is an imminent threat on a worldwide scale. The primary reason for this dramatic increase in antimicrobial resistance is the misuse of antimicrobial agents. Examples of antimicrobial misuse may include prescribing antibiotics for viral infections and prescribing unnecessarily broad-spectrum agents, among others. The state of Alabama is no exception to this increase in antimicrobial resistance. Antimicrobial stewardship, defined as coordinated strategies to improve the use of antimicrobials, is the best defense against increasing antimicrobial stewardship. The purpose of this continuing education program is to provide education regarding antimicrobial resistance, discuss legal factors and regulations associated with antimicrobial resistance, and provide ideas for the appropriate implementation of antimicrobial stewardship strategies.

  • Credit Hours: 3 ACPE approved credit hours
  • Online Registration
  • Home Study Program
  • Cost: $0
  • Learn about the C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy Network
  • Target Audience: This knowledge-based home-study is intended for Alabama pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
  • Faculty: Salisa Westrick
  • Summary: This program will provide an overview of Medicare and the roles of the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) with the primary goal to help pharmacists and pharmacy staff effectively and efficiently assist Medicare beneficiaries. After completion of the CE program, participants will receive certificates from Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) to signify that they are Certified Aging Resource Educated Specialists (C.A.R.E.S.) and may enroll in the C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy network. This program has been created or produced by the local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) with financial assistance, in whole or in part, through a grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

  • Credit Hours: 1 ACPE approved credit hours
  • Online Registration
  • Home Study Program
  • Cost: $0
  • Learn about the C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy Network
  • Target Audience: This knowledge-based home-study is intended for Alabama pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
  • Faculty: Salisa Westrick
  • Summary: The objectives of this CE article are to 1) provide a general description of the Medicare program and enrollment process, 2) compare and contrast Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage, and 3) discuss Medicare Part D and need for yearly plan evaluation. This program has been created or produced by the local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) with financial assistance, in whole or in part, through a grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

  • Credit Hours: 1 ACPE approved credit hours
  • Online Registration
  • Home Study Program
  • Cost: $0
  • Learn about the C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy Network
  • Target Audience: This knowledge-based home-study is intended for Alabama pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
  • Faculty: Salisa Westrick
  • Summary: The objectives of this CE article are to 1) identify problems experienced by Medicare patients with limited income, 2) provide an overview of assistance programs for Medicare patients with limited income, and 3) describe the role and responsibilities of Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). This program has been created or produced by the local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) with financial assistance, in whole or in part, through a grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

  • Credit Hours: 1 ACPE approved credit hours
  • Online Registration
  • Home Study Program
  • Cost: $0
  • Learn about the C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy Network
  • Target Audience: This knowledge-based home-study is intended for Alabama pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
  • Faculty: Salisa Westrick
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 60 minutes
  • How to Earn Credit: Participants must
    1. Read the learning objectives and author disclosures
    2. Review the educational activity
    3. Complete the post-test via one of three mechanisms: online, fax to 334-844-8307 (ATTN: Tessa Hastings), or email tjh0043@auburn.edu.
    If you successfully complete the post-test (score of 70% or higher), your statement of participation will be made available to you within two weeks. If you receive a score lower than 70%, you will receive a message from us notifying you that you did not pass the post-test. You will have additional opportunities to pass the post-test. To receive credit, you must provide your date of birth and NABP number (CPE monitor ID). All Credit information will be uploaded into CPE monitor within 30 days.
  • Summary: The aging population in the United States continues to rise, with almost 50 million people age 65 or above in 2016. Over 780,000 older adults reside in Alabama specifically. The number of older adults is projected to reach over 98 million in 2060. When looking at their financial status, many of these older adults struggle financially, with 9.3% below 100% of the federal poverty level in 2016. Furthermore, Alabamian older adults’ income is below the national average. The median household income for older adults in Alabama was $32,520, compared to the national average of $58,559 in 2016. In terms of their income sources, about 20% of those 65 and above were in the work force in 2017 and about one-third of older adults received 90% of their income from Social Security in 2015.

    Concerning their health status, the burden of chronic diseases is especially high in the older adult population. Approximately 80% have at least one chronic condition, and almost 70% have two or more conditions. Most frequently, these chronic conditions include hypertension (58%), hyperlipidemia (48%), and diabetes (27%). Of concern, 7.1 million people age 65 and above had at least one overnight hospital stay in the past year. As a result of their health status, on average, older adults’ spending on healthcare is more than those under the age of 65. In 2016, Medicare households spent an average of $5,355 or 14% of total household spending in out-of-pocket healthcare expenditures versus $3,809 or 6% spent by those younger than 65 years. This spending in Medicare households is more than twice the proportion spent of younger adults’ income. Specifically, among older adults, 69% of healthcare expenditures are spent on insurance, 15% on medical services, 12% on prescriptions, and 3% on medical supplies.1 Many limited-income Medicare patients have to choose between basic needs, such as groceries, and their medication costs. In fact, a study of older adults in North Carolina found that over 20% employed medication restriction strategies to reduce medication expenses. These strategies included taking less medication than prescribed, not filling or re-filling the prescription, buying partial fills, or prioritizing less costly medication refills. This cost-related non-adherence can lead to increased hospitalizations, morbidity, and mortality.

    Taking into account the rapidly growing older adult population, especially those who live alone and may have limited income, the need for accessible and affordable healthcare and other community resources, including food, is critical for older adults. These resources are indeed available to help improve older adults’ health outcomes and quality of life; however, they are often underutilized because of limited awareness of the programs.

    Community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are in a great position to increase patient awareness of these community programs. Pharmacists are well positioned to target those who are considered “hard to reach” including individuals living in rural areas or those who may not see a provider regularly for care and refer them to the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). By partnering with ADRCs that have established resources, pharmacists can improve the health outcomes of their patients.

    Therefore, after reading this continuing education article, the learner should be able to:

    1. Describe the objectives of Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
    2. Describe ADRCs’ programs in terms of their objectives and eligibility requirements
    3. Identify the local ADRCs in which a collaboration can be established

  • Financial Disclosure: This CE program is funded by the Alabama Department of Senior Services as part of the C.A.R.E.S. program (https://alpharmacycares.org). All authors are collaborators for this program. We have no other relevant affiliations or financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

  • Credit Hours: 20 ACPE approved credit hours
  • Date: TBA
  • Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $400
  • Locations: Auburn Only
  • Activity Type: Practice-based
  • Target Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings
  • Faculty: TBA
  • Summary: APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program (14th Edition) is based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This practice-based curriculum represents a fusion of science and clinical pharmacy. The program, which emphasizes a health care team approach, seeks to foster the implementation of interventions that will promote disease prevention and public health. The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to provide immunization services to patients across the life span.

  • Credit Hours: 23 ACPE approved credit hours
  • Date: TBA
  • Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $400
  • Locations: Auburn Only
  • Activity Type: Application and Practice-based
  • Target Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings
  • Faculty: Heather Whitley
  • Summary: The Award-Winning The Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care certificate training program is an intensive educational experience designed to equip pharmacists with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to provide effective, evidence-based diabetes care. Five self-study modules provide comprehensive instruction in current diabetes concepts and standards of care. The live seminar incorporates case studies and hands-on skills training focused on the situations most likely to be encountered—as well as the services most needed—in community and ambulatory care practice settings. Learners will gain experience evaluating and adjusting drug therapy regimens for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, counseling patients about lifestyle interventions, analyzing and interpreting self-monitoring of blood glucose results, assessing the overall health status of patients to identify needed monitoring and interventions, and providing comprehensive instruction in current standards of care for patients with diabetes.


Refund Policy

No refunds for cancellations on or after 30 days prior to a program. Cancellations prior to 30 days before a program will receive a refund minus a $50 processing fee. However, learners who redeem an APhA enrollment code will be charged a fee of $175 regardless whether or not they complete any portion of the self-study. In the rare event the program is cancelled, Auburn University will give registered learners the option of rolling over their prepaid registration to a future course hosted by Auburn University.


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It is the policy of Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, Office of Post Graduate Education, to insure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its sponsored or jointly sponsored educational programs. All faculty participating in these programs are expected to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to the content of their presentation(s), including any corporate sponsorship of speakers.


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Auburn University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education; credits are recognized nationwide.


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Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy is a Board approved provider of continuing nursing education in Alabama by the Alabama Board of Nursing. Provider Number: ABNP1515.


Last Updated: January 29, 2019