Pharmacist & Patient-Centered Diabetes Care

APhA’s Pharmacist & Patient-Centered Diabetes Care – Hosted by California Pharmacists Association

The APhA Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care certificate training program is a newly revised, intensive educational experience designed to equip pharmacists with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to provide effective, evidence-based diabetes care. Five self-study modules provide comprehensive instruction in current diabetes concepts and standards of care. The live seminar incorporates case studies and hands-on skills training focused on the situations most likely to be encountered—as well as the services most needed—in community and ambulatory care practice settings. Participants will gain experience evaluating and adjusting drug therapy regimens for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, counseling patients about lifestyle interventions, analyzing and interpreting self-monitoring of blood glucose results, and assessing the overall health status of patients to identify needed monitoring and interventions.

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This certificate training program has 15 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

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Registration Fees & Cancellation

Early Bird Registration Rate Regular Registration Rate
CPhA Member   $399 $499
Non-Member  $699  $799

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 Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care certificate training class.

Program Goals

The goals of this program are to:

  • Provide comprehensive instruction in the pathophysiology of diabetes
  • Increase pharmacists’ confidence in serving as the drug therapy expert on the diabetes health care team.
  • Refresh pharmacists’ knowledge of the pathophysiology of diabetes and the acute and long-term complications of the disease.
  • Familiarize pharmacists with important concepts in nutrition, exercise, and weight control that contribute to optimal diabetes care.
  • Offer hands-on training in diabetes-related devices and physical assessment skills relevant to optimal diabetes care.
  • Introduce pharmacists to the many varied ways in which they can help to improve health outcomes among patients with diabetes.

Program Components

The Pharmacist & Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program is conducted in two parts:

  • 15.0 hour (1.5 CEU) A self-study activity with web-based learning reinforcement exercises
  • 8.0 hour (0.80 CEU) A live training seminar where participants demonstrate competency in blood pressure testing, self-injection techniques, diabetic foot exam, and blood glucose testing.  

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.

Self-Study Learning Objectives

At the completion of the self-study program, the participant will be able to:

  • Recall and explain important concepts in glucose homeostasis.
  • Compare the pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and treatment of type 1 diabetes with those of type 2 diabetes.
  • Recite laboratory test values and ranges that represent important diagnostic criteria or treatment goals for patients with diabetes.
  • Discuss major findings of landmark diabetes trials that influence the current approach to treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • Differentiate among the many oral and injectable antidiabetic agents available for the treatment of diabetes and categorize agents according to their primary mechanism of action, principal adverse effects, and rational role in therapy.
  • Explain currently accepted approaches to managing type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as the appropriate clinical use of available oral and injectable antidiabetic agents.
  • Apply concepts and recommendations from current dietary, physicial activity, and weight management guidelines to the specific needs of patients with diabetes.
  • Discuss basic concepts of carbohydrate counting and meal planning for patients with diabetes.
  • Summarize current recommendations for smoking cessation.
  • Describe the role and application of A1C testing and self-monitoring of blood glucose in type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • Specify treatment goals and strategies for controlling cardiovascular risk factors in patients with diabetes.
  • Identify screening and treatment recommendations for comprehensive diabetes care, including recommendations addressing nephropathy, retinopathy, foot problems, and immunizations.
  • Propose specific pharmacist-led interventions and services for improving health outcomes in patients with diabetes.
  • Apply elements of motivational interviewing, goal setting, problem solving, and cultural sensitivity to interactions with patients with diabetes.
  • Explain how pharmacists can obtain recognized diabetes care credentials or establish a formal diabetes self-management education program.

Live Seminar Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Evaluate the overall health status of patients with diabetes in terms of recommended monitoring and interventions, and formulate strategies for closing gaps in care
  • Propose modifications to a patient’s drug therapy regimen rooted in evidence-based algorithms for diabetes management.
  • Recommend dietary interventions to support optimal glycemic control and weight loss (when indicated) in patients with diabetes
  • Analyze and interpret a patient’s self-monitoring of blood glucose results and use the results to identify needed changes in the diabetes management plan.
  • Demonstrate proper technique for measuring blood pressure, administering injections, obtaining fingerstick samples for blood glucose monitoring, operating blood glucose meters, and performing monofilament foot testing.
  • Integrate the varied aspects of comprehensive diabetes care into efficient, sensitive, respectful pharmacist–patient interactions that support optimal patient self-management.
  • Describe ways in which pharmacists can keep abreast of new developments and take advantage of professional opportunities in diabetes care

Post-Seminar Final Exam

Following completion of the live seminar, participants will have two weeks to complete the open book final exam. The final exam will be conducted similarly to the self-study final exam. Log-in information and password will be provided at the seminar.  Successful completion is defined as a score of 70% or greater.

Activity Completion Requirements

Successful completion of the self-study involves passing the self-study assessment with a grade of 70% or higher and successful completion of the live seminar involves passing the final exam with a grade of 70% or higher and demonstrating competency in blood pressure testing, self-injection techniques, diabetic foot exam, and blood glucose testing.

Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) Information

Release Date: January 1, 2021
Expiration Date: January 1, 2024 – PLEASE NOTE: NO Home Study credit granted after this date; Live Credit can only be granted within 60 days from the day of the seminar attended.
Activity Type:  Practice-Based
Target Audience:  Pharmacists in all practice settings
The self-study portion of The Pharmacist & Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program is approved for 15 contact hours (1.5 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0202-0000-14-165-H04-P; 0202-9999-14-165-H04-P). The live seminar is approved for 8 contact hours (0.8 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0202-0000-14-166-L04-P; 0202-9999-14-166-L04-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


The Pharmacist & Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program was developed by the American Pharmacists Association and is co-sponsored by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.