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Immunization Administration Training for Technicians

The Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission has clarified that pharmacy technicians may administer medications under the delegation and supervision of a pharmacist. They have developed Guidance for Technician Administration.

The Technician Immunization Administration course is designed specifically to train pharmacy technicians to administer immunizations to adolescent and adult patients subsequent to a pharmacist's prescription or order. 

Part 1 – Didactic Training: For Technician

Vaccine Principles for Pharmacy Technicians

Participants will complete 3 trainings on-line; Understanding the Basics: General Best Practice Guidelines on Immunization, Vaccine Administration and Vaccine Storage and Handling. They will take an exam at the end of each training and must have a minimum score of 70% correct responses in order to receive credit. Technicians will receive credit for a total of 3.5 CPE after successfully completing this part. The CE will upload to the CPE Monitor within 2-4 days after successfully completing this activity.

At the completion of this activity, the technician will be able to:

·         Describe the principles of immunity

·         Discuss appropriate vaccine storage and handling

·         Describe the principles of vaccine administration

Part 2 – Practicum Training: Vaccinating Adults & Adolescents: Immunization Practice Session 

The practicum session involves hands-on training about pharmacist provision of immunizations. The practicum covers how to establish an immunization program in your pharmacy, collaborative drug therapy agreements, protocols, documentation forms, updated guidelines, vaccine storage and handling, work flow tips, and hands on administration practice. Participants give and receive injections and prepare for adverse events.

New for COVID-19 Pandemic: The Practicum training has been adapted for remote learning. Learners will watch a 2.75 hr recorded webinar, participate in a 30 min live Q&A session with WSPA staff, and have the opportunity to complete the hands on immunization training with an immunizing pharmacists they work with or know, or with WSPA staff. 

At the completion of this activity, the technician will be able to:

·         Establish a vaccination service

·         Identify vaccine adverse readings

·         Discuss the importance of Health care provider vaccinations

·         Identify tool, guidelines and laws for vaccination

·         Identify indications for immunizations based on ACIP guidelines

·         Demonstrate proper injection technique and procedures

Registrants must attend the activity, sign-in, complete and submit the official evaluation form. WSPA will upload your CE to the CPE Monitor within 2-3 weeks from the date of the activity. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will receive a total of 3.5 hours CPE for completion of this portion

Part 3 – CPR (No CE, external- on your own)

In order to receive an immunization certificate, you must have a current adult CPR card. CPR training is not included in this training. If your CPR card is not up-to-date, please complete CPR training and provide proof of CPR certification to the WSPA.

WSPA Immunization Training of Completion:
In order to receive your Immunization training certificate, you must successfully complete all three parts of the immunization training within one year of the practicum date.
 The steps do not need to be completed in succession.  A Certificate of Completion will be mailed to you upon successful completion of the program in its entirety.

Visit our calendar to see when the next training session is scheduled.

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


WSPA Technician Members: $175              Non-Member Technician: $275
WSPA Technician Student Member: $50*    Non-Member Student: $75*
Late Registration fee of $30 may apply to late registrants

*Student discounted price does not include ACPE CPE credit hours


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