The BCPhA collaborated with the College of Pharmacists of BC (CPBC), Ministry of Health and BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) to develop its Accredited Administration of Injections Certificate Program.
Training sessions began in September 2009. As of August 2017, more than 3,650 pharmacists have received the authority to administer injections in the province! Congratulations to all the pharmacists who have embraced this expanded scope of practice.
The BCPhA Administration of Injections Certificate Program is made up of two components;
- An online pre-study called the Immunization Competency Program for BC Health Professionals plus an additional intranasal module (both must be successfully completed before you attend the in-person workshop)
- An in-person workshop called the Practical Administration of Injections for BC Pharmacists.
Both the online and in-person components requires separate registration.
Upon successful completion of both components, a pharmacist can be considered to hold a continuing education certificate in Immunizations and Injections. Please review the statement of appropriate use for the BCPhA continuing education certificate in Immunizations and Injections. The continuing education certificate is not a certification in immunizations and injections.
Pharmacists must receive authorization from the CPBC prior to providing injection services. To receive authorization, a pharmacist must submit an Application for Certification - Injection Drug Administration form along with valid certificates for CPR & first aid and both Injection Program components. Applications for the legal authority to administer injections will be reviewed by CPBC as they are received and qualified applicants will be notified of their authorization.
Online Pre-study & Intranasal Module
Both of these online components are available free of charge to all pharmacists and both the online pre-study and the intranasal module are expected to be completed by the Wednesday preceeding the workshop.
The Immunization Competency Program for BC Health Professionals is hosted by the BCCDC and the Intranasal Module is hosted on the BCPhA eTraining portal.
Pharmacists must achieve at least 70 per cent on the pre-study Basic Exam for the BCCDC online course prior to attending the practical workshop. Pharmacists will only have two attempts to successfully complete the Basic Exam. (Please note that if you have previously completed the Basic Exam, your score is only valid for 1 year from the date of completion.)
Pharmacists must score at least 7 out of 10 on the Intransal Module assessment on the BCPhA eTraining portal to pass.
The newly updated program has been assigned 10.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP), and will take approximately ten hours to complete both the online pre-study as well as the intranasal module.
One combined statement of completion for the online pre-study and intranasal module will be provided at the live workshop.
The Practical Administration of Injections workshop for BC pharmacists is a full-day, live workshop facilitated by a Registered Pharmacist and a Registered Nurse and includes practical training in administering subcutaneous, intradermal, and intramuscular injections. The workshop has been assigned 7.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP). Pharmacists must successfully administer an intramuscular and a subcutaneous injection to be awarded certification for completion of the workshop.
Registration for the workshop must be done separately from the online pre-study program. You may register for a workshop before or after having completed the online pre-study, but in order to attend a workshop you must pass the online pre-study Basic Exam with a grade of 70% or higher.
Please note that a minimum of 20 participants are needed for the workshop to proceed. If you're considering attending, be sure to sign up now!
Please visit our Events page for a list of upcoming workshop dates.
*If you experience difficulty registering for a workshop or would like to be on the waitlist for the next workshop, please email: RxAdministeringInjections@bcpharmacy.ca