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School of Pharmacy Certificate Program Offerings

The Duquesne University School of Pharmacy offers a variety of certificate programs to various health care professionals including pharmacists and student pharmacists through the Duquesne University Center for Pharmacy Care located on Fifth Avenue across from PPG Paints Arena.

The certificate programs provide quality education to participants in order to meet the demands of the constantly evolving health care system. Instructors partner with national sponsoring agencies and create unique programs to train participants in a variety of specialty areas.


Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist

The Duquesne University Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist program is a training program that certifies an interdisciplinary audience of healthcare professionals as Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists (CTTS). A CTTS is a professional who possesses the skills, knowledge and training to provide effective, evidence-based interventions for tobacco dependence across a range of intensities and in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, hospitals, community health centers, HMOs, medical and dental practices, educational settings, social service agencies, tobacco treatment centers, telephone quitlines, and mental health centers. A CTTS may engage not only in providing treatment but also in educating others (professionals and patients) about tobacco dependence treatments.

This training program is nationally accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs. It is an intensive, three-day course focusing on the skills needed to effectively treat tobacco dependence. Through the expertise of the course faculty, participants will be guided in using the skills of motivational interviewing, medication management and other evidence-based strategies to support effective tobacco treatment. Participants will also have the option to receive further training in facilitating group tobacco cessation classes, though an elective, additional half-day of training.

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Upcoming Training Dates:

Wednesday–Friday, October 18-20, 2017


The Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care–An APhA Certificate Program

The Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care program is an intensive educational experience designed to equip pharmacists with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to provide effective, evidence-based diabetes care. The program includes comprehensive instruction in current diabetes concepts and standards of care and hands-on case studies and skills training focused on the situations most likely to be encountered in contemporary pharmacy practice. Participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) upon completion of the program.

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Upcoming Training Dates:

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Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Program–An APhA Certificate Program

The Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery program is an innovative and interactive training program that teaches pharmacists the skills necessary to become a primary source for vaccine information and administration. The program teaches the basics of immunology and focuses on practice implementation and legal/regulatory issues. The goals of the program are to provide comprehensive immunization education and training as well as provide pharmacists with the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to establish and promote a successful immunization service.

The certificate training program is conducted in three parts:

  • 12 hour-long (1.2 CEU) self-study modules with case studies and assessment exam
  • 8.0-hour (0.80 CEU) live seminar with final exam
  • Hands-on assessment of intramuscular and subcutaneous infection technique

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Upcoming Training Dates:

Friday, January 12, 2018


Pharmacy-Based Travel Health Services Advanced Training Program

The Pharmacy-Based Travel Health Services program is an innovative and interactive advanced competency training (ACT) program that explores the pharmacist's role in providing travel health services to patients. This application-based activity is the first step for pharmacists interested in learning the essential skills necessary to successfully provide travel health services. To participate in this program, pharmacists must have completed the APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate-Training program and received a Certificate of Achievement or have previously completed an immunization training program and be authorized to provide immunizations in the state in which they practice.

There are two components to the program:

  • 6 hour-long (0.60 CEU) web-based self-study modules with case studies and assessment exam
  • 4.0-hour (0.40 CEU) live seminar with assessment exam

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American Lung Association Asthma Educator Institute

The American Lung Association (ALA) Asthma Educator Institute is a two-day preparatory course for those qualified to take the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) exam. Most currently licensed health care professionals are eligible to take the exam. Developed in 2003, the Asthma Educator Institute has since been updated twice and reflects the current asthma guidelines, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP), and Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR-3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

The curriculum covers the content outlined in the NAECB Candidate Handbook and includes case reviews, hands-on skills demonstration and practice. The course is delivered by asthma experts, including Certified Asthma Educators (AE-C). The goals of the Asthma Educator Institute are to:

  • Provide comprehensive instruction on the pathophysiology of asthma and the burden of asthma in the United States
  • Prepare participants to provide NHLBI and NAEPP guideline-directed asthma care to patients, families and healthcare providers across all settings (ie. identifying factors contributing to asthma and asthma exacerbations, patient and family assessments, pharmacologic management including device demonstration, and asthma management plans)
  • Identify the various roles of the asthma educator
  • Help prepare participants to pass the NAECB exam (AE-C)
  • Network with healthcare providers, educators and organizations surrounding asthma care and asthma care policies

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Delivering Medication Therapy Management–An APhA Certificate Program

Delivering Medication Therapy Management (MTM) is an innovative and interactive training program that explores the pharmacist's role in providing MTM services to patients. This activity teaches pharmacists the essential skills necessary to become a successful MTM practitioner. The certificate-training program will enhance pharmacists' clinical expertise in evaluating complicated medication regimens, identifying medication-related problems, and making recommendations to patients, caregivers, and health care professionals.

Goals of this practice-based program:

  • Advance public health and patient care through improved medication use
  • Provide training to enhance pharmacists' ability to effectively provide MTM services
  • Motivate increased numbers of pharmacists to establish MTM services
  • Communicate benchmark practices for providing MTM services

The certificate-training program is conducted in three parts:

  • Self-study activity and pre-seminar exercise
  • Live Interactive seminar
  • Post-seminar exercise

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Upcoming Training Dates:

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017


Community Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Testing Certificate

This is a wonderful opportunity for those pharmacists interested in point of care testing and physical assessment skills. This course provides community pharmacists and members of academia, industry and government with the skills necessary to develop and implement a collaborative testing program for influenza, Group A streptococcus, HIV and hepatitis C. There is a recognized need for community pharmacists to collaboratively improve patient access to care through the use of point-of-care tests.

The course's 20 hours of continuing education (12 hours of home study and eight hours of live training) will cover information on the targeted disease state, the physical assessment of a patient presenting to a community pharmacist, point-of-care tests and how to establish a point-of-care testing service.

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Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management

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 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.

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

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Upcoming Training Dates:

Friday, January, 19, 2017


Teaching And Learning Certificate

The Duquesne University Teaching and Learning Certificate Program for Healthcare Professionals is a longitudinal training program primarily developed for pharmacy residents, but is appropriate for early career health professionals interested in teaching/learning. This is an interactive program designed to facilitate growth in leading groups of students in the classroom, by precepting, and in small group settings.

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For those interested in attending any of our programs, please complete the registration form or contact Suzanne Higginbotham, PharmD, BCACP at higginbothams@duq.edu or 412.396.2053 for more information.