Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management – Hosted by California Pharmacists Association

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.

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This certificate training program has 12 hours of home self-study to be completed prior to the live training.

How to Register & What to Expect

Step 1: Click on a date below to register for the date/location you prefer
Step 2: Login (or create an account if you don’t have one) and pay for the course
Step 3: Watch for an email confirmation with instructions on how to access the home study materials
Step 4: Access your home study materials and complete ALL required items BEFORE the live training program
Step 5: Attend the live training program & receive instructions on accessing the final exam
Step 6: Complete/pass the final exam within one week of the live training program to receive your certificate

Upcoming Events Via Zoom

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Registration Fees & Cancellation

Registration Rate
CPhA Member   $399
Non-Member  $699
Non-Member Student Pharmacist*  $499

*Non-member Student Pharmacist: To be considered a student pharmacist, you must be actively enrolled in a school of pharmacy.

Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable under any circumstances. Please be advised that this program is subject to postponement or cancellation if the required minimum number of registrants is not met at least 10 days prior to the program. If class is cancelled, CPhA will automatically transfer your registration fee to a future CPhA hosted APhA Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management certificate training class.

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.

Program Components

There are two components to the California specific Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management program:

  • 12.0 hour (1.2 CEU) web-based home self-study modules with case studies and assessment exam
  • 8.0 hour (0.80 CEU) live seminar with assessment exam

A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all program components, including an evaluation. For a complete list of learning objectives and for all APhA accreditation information and policies, please visit the APhA’s website.

Live Seminar Learning Objectives

The Live Training Seminar will focus on these core areas:

  • A case-based approach to cardiovascular disease risk assessment and treatment decisions, managing special situations, treating hypertension in a patient with diabetes, and lifestyle modifications and motivational interviewing.
  • Skills assessments on blood pressure measurement technique and motivational interviewing. Participants will be conducting blood pressure assessments on other participants.
  • A discussion regarding the role of the pharmacist and existing business models for cardiovascular disease risk management services.

Program Completion Requirements

To earn Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) Credit and/or a Certificate of Completion, participants must meet all the following requirements:

  • Complete Pre-Test
  • Complete the self-study modules and successfully complete the online self-study assessment.  A score of 70% or better is required.
  • Attend a live training seminar offering and successfully complete the online open-book final exam and evaluation.  A score of 70% or better is required.

Once credit is claimed, Transcripts of CPE will be available online within 24 hours on the participant’s CPE Monitor profile at The Certificate of Achievement will be available online upon successful completion of the activity requirements. This will be made available on the participant’s “My Training” page on APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management was developed by the American Pharmacists Association.

Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) Information

Initial release date: 9/1/2018; expiration date:  9/1/2021
Activity Type:  Practice-Based
Target Audience:  Pharmacists in all practice settings
Learning Level: 2 – Experience with the topic is recommended, but advanced expertise or specialty practice in the subject area is not necessary. This activity will focus on expanding the learner’s knowledge and application of new and/or more complex information.
The self-study learning portion of the Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management advanced competency training program is approved for 12 hours (1.2 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0202-9999-18-247-H01-P). The live training seminar is approved for 8 hours (0.80 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN  UAN 0202-9999-18-248-L01-P).

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. For all APhA accreditation information and policies please visit

Technology Requirements

Course material and exams will be accessed online – In order to participate in this activity, registrants must have access to a computer with minimum system requirements: Internet connectivity with current version of internet browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer (V8 and above); Adobe Acrobat Reader, Flash Player 8 or higher, Windows 95, Pentium 3 or equivalent processor, 64 MB of free memory (not 64 MB total), and Audio: Sound card and speakers or earphones.  

APhA’s learning activities are designed with multimedia which is best experienced while using a PC or Mac that is equipped with the hardware and software components described above. Although activities may also be viewed using portable devices, it is not recommended.