Explore Our Online CE Programs for Pharmacists and Technicians 

Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, as the only publicly funded higher education

pharmacy institution in the state, often works at the behest of the state of Oregon.

The college is asked to respond to pharmacy education needs driven by the legislature,

such as in statues and those driven by the Oregon Health Authority by public health care policy.


Contraceptive Education and Certification for the Prescribing Pharmacist

Women’s access to oral and trans-dermal contraceptives continues to expand throughout the United State by allowing pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraceptives. Comprehensive Contraceptive Education and Certification, an online certification course, is now available for pharmacists practicing in participating states. The course, developed by Oregon State University College of Pharmacy faculty with guidance from the Oregon Board of Pharmacy, the Oregon Health Authority, and others, prepare pharmacists to take on this new duty of prescribing hormonal birth control.

Registration Available Now for the Following States:

California Colorado Hawaii

Idaho Maryland Montana Oregon

Tennessee Utah Washington

Successful Implementation of Patient Assessment & Proper Billing

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This program is based on the billing components and processing construct built in the State of Oregon. The billing mechanics presented here place the pharmacist’s clinical assessments in the same category as all other medical practitioners who assess patients. Topics covered in this course provide an overview of the healthcare payer environment in the United States, recognize how Medicaid is administered, credentialing/enrollment and billing mechanics utilized to build a pharmacist prescribing and reimbursement model, and the fundamentals of medical billing including HCPS, CPT and ICD10 codes. A pharmacist must fully understand the professional implications, including the audit responsibility in the utilization of billing codes with the associated liability. Therefore, it is imperative that pharmacists be fully trained on the elements that must be present and exhibit professionalism when properly utilizing billing codes. These concepts and content will also apply similarly in additional states who enable pharmacists to assess patients and bill for those services.

Cultural Competence & Preventing Health Disparities

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OSU College of Pharmacy, as the only publicly funded higher education pharmacy institution in the state, was asked to develop pharmacy education for this course by the Oregon Health Authority. This course is approved by the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion as an educational training for pharmacists.

Health disparities are an ongoing issue in the American healthcare system. These health disparities often occur because there are systematic barriers that make accessing health care more difficult for some groups. This program will look at the social determinants of health and some of the ways that culture can affect health beliefs. In addition, this program introduces the concept of cultural competence as a process to improve patient interactions. The goal of this training is to expose the learner to these ideas and tools in order to prevent health disparities.

Emergency Preparedness, Response, and the Role of the Oregon Pharmacist

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This continuing education course provides pharmacists with valuable background on preparedness and emergency response. It reviews simple strategies to keep family members safe and maintain critical pharmacy operations at work during public health emergencies. The course reviews the legal framework for pharmacy emergency response in Oregon and describes specific activities through which pharmacists can meet the pharmaceutical needs of their communities during public health incidents.

Naloxone: Opioid Overdose, Prevention, Recognition & Response

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Drug overdose is the leading cause of injury death in the United States, causing more deaths than motor vehicle crashes. The CDC attributes the rise in drug overdose deaths to higher use of prescription opioid painkillers.

Providing overdose prevention, recognition, and response education to those who have been prescribed opioids, drug users, their families, and their neighbors is a harm reduction intervention that saves lives.

Heroin and other opioid overdoses are particularly amenable to intervention because risk factors are well understood and there is a safe antidote -- NALOXONE.

Comprehensive Smoking Cessation Education for the Colorado Pharmacist

Offered in Partnership with University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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The comprehensive training program “Comprehensive Smoking Cessation Education for the Colorado Pharmacist” and all supporting materials were developed in Colorado via a collaborative group of clinical experts and dedicated stakeholders in the pharmacy profession. We are honored to partner with Oregon State University to offer this training program that allows Colorado pharmacists to meet the requirements necessary to provide smoking cessation care to eligible adults in our state.

This training program will provide you the educational resources to safely prescribe smoking cessation therapies. It includes background information (prevalence, burden of tobacco use, addiction and intervention strategies), comprehensive review of medication therapies (pharmacology, clinical approaches to treatment options, and crucial counseling points), practical and business considerations, and finally, Colorado-specific protocol information to apply to your practice.

Patient Safety & Medication Error Prevention for Pharmacy 

This course is available for both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. 

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Patient safety is the number one priority in all pharmacy settings, with medication errors being the major contributing risk factor. New technology, reduction in workforce, and new medications mean the opportunity for error remains a major obstacle to overall patient safety. This unique course was developed to assist not only the Pharmacist but all pharmacy employees, including pharmacy technicians and other auxiliary personnel.  Medication error reduction will reduce risk, improve job satisfaction, lower expenses, improve your pharmacy's reputation, and most importantly, improve patient safety.

Developed collaboratively by Oregon State University College of Pharmacy and The Oregon Patient Safety Commission, this course provides the necessary tools to reduce risk, improve communication, and resolve factors that directly lead to medication errors.  

Pharmacist Pharmacy Law

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This course was developed by Oregon State University’s College of Pharmacy as an optional supplement to the course Patient Safety and Medication Error Reduction. This course discusses the qualifications, responsibilities, and expectations of the pharmacist. 

Technician Pharmacy Law

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This course was developed by Oregon State University’s College of Pharmacy as an optional supplement to the course Technician Patient Safety and Medication Error Prevention. As a key member of the pharmacy team, the pharmacy technician performs essential duties in a complex work environment. This course discusses the qualifications, responsibilities, and expectations of the pharmacy technician. 

R.E.S.P.O.N.D. Toolkit

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Opioid-related morbidity and mortality is a public health emergency strongly related prescription opioid use. Pharmacists are well-positioned to reduce risks associated with opioid prescriptions and serve as a resource for other harms reduction activities. RESPOND - Resources Encouraging Safe Prescription Opioid and Naloxone Dispensing – is intended to help community pharmacists identify patients for whom an opioid prescription may present a safety risk, communicate more effectively with patients at the point of care, and coordinate with prescribers to maximize patient safety in the use of prescription opioid pain relievers. 

Stress Management for Pharmacists

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Stress in a pharmacy can lead to occupational ill health, staff turnover, and poor work performance—not to mention medication errors.

Learn how to alleviate workplace stress with Stress Management for Pharmacists. This online, self-paced course will help you learn your own stressors and sources of stress, determine how you respond to stress and develop techniques for managing stress.

Whether you’re a pharmacist or a manager, you’ll gain valuable insight on how different management styles contribute to workplace stress, what types of activities can help reduce stress among employees and how one can foster a positive work environment.

Those looking to develop managerial skills are welcome to enroll in Management & HR Skills for Pharmacists, developed by Oregon State University’s College of Pharmacy and College of Business.