Certificate Programs

The Duquesne University Center for Pharmacy Care offers a variety of certificate programs to pharmacists and health care professionals.


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.

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American Heart Association Basic Life Support/Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Certification

Basic Life Support (BLS)
Designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings. Initial certification and recertification are available.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
Healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists and paramedics. Initial certification and recertification are available.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Community-Based Pharmacogenomics 

The Test2LearnTM Community-based Pharmacogenomics Certificate Program teaches the principles of pharmacogenomics as well as its practical implications in a variety of disease states. The program trains pharmacists to decipher and translate genetic tests, make appropriate recommendations for the patient, and counsel and collaborate with providers to help optimize patient medication regimens. 

Program participants have the opportunity to use an anonymous genomic data set, or their own personal data, for the live session. Interested in using your personal genetic data? Learners who wish to participate in 23andMe testing will be able to request a redemption code to receive the Health + Ancestry service kit for $99+shipping (50% off). Price for certificate program does not include 23andMe testing. Testing results take 4-6 weeks and are not guaranteed to be returned by the program date. If you prefer not to use your own personal genomic information there will be data available so that you are able to fully participate in the learning experience.

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Community Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Testing

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.

Succesful completion of the course's 20 hours of accredited continuing education (16 hours of home study and 4 hours of live training) leads to a certificate of achievement. The program covers 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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Substance Use Disorder: Identification and Referral

*This is a two-part certificate program. You must complete Part I (advance online study) prior to attending Part II (live on-site programming).

The Substance Use Disorder Certificate Program is an innovative program designed to assist pharmacists in identifying substance use issues, conducting an assessment, and making referrals. The program is comprised of online home study modules and in-person live components. The online home study module and the one-day, live, in-person session total 17 credit hours of educational content. Participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement upon successful completion of the program. Completion includes Part I and Part II as well as the post assessment.

This program may be applied towards the two hours of CE on opioid, pain management and addiction.

Co-developed with the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association with the help of a grant from the AmeriSource Bergen Foundation.

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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.

Registration for the 2019-20 Teaching and Learning Certificate is now closed. For more information on the 2020-21 program (which begins July 2020), please contact Dr. Jordan Covvey at covveyj@duq.edu.


Tobacco Treatment Specialist

*Have a group interested in TTS training? Private training sessions available to groups of 10 or more. Contact Dr. Jamie McConaha for details.*

The Duquesne University Tobacco Treatment Specialist program is a training program that certifies an interdisciplinary audience of healthcare professionals as Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists (TTS). A TTS 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. The TTS 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 (CTTP). It is an intensive course taught through self-paced online modules focusing on the skills needed to effectively treat tobacco dependence, culminating in a one-day live skills training held on campus. 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.

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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.

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General Questions

Please contact Regina Sykes at higginbothams@duq.edu.