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Pharmacy Certification

by Lisa Levi,

WES Education Services

April 10, 2023

Most states require that pharmacists who administer vaccinations complete a special certificate program, usually the American Pharmacists Association’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program.

Other certification is not required, but could make employers more likely to hire you or offer you a higher salary.

You may be eligible for a variety of independent certifications designed to inform and equip you in a specific area or topic. Most certifications are available to a variety of health care professionals, not just pharmacists. Some of these certifications include a course of study, but many are just exams. To prepare, you will need to seek out a course of study elsewhere or educate yourself in the topics outlined in the examination handbook. Examples include:

Licensed pharmacists may also pursue specialty board certification through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. A specialty board certification is considered the highest standard in the pharmacy profession. There are 14 board-recognized specialties.

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