Collaborative Practice Agreements

A Resource for Pharmacists

With over 85% of the US population residing within 5 miles of a community pharmacy, pharmacists are often cited as the most accessible healthcare provider.  However, for pharmacists to provide patient care services beyond the typical pharmacist scope of practice, a Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA) must exist between the pharmacist and physician, outlining the specific terms of patient care services provided by the pharmacist.  These patient care services can include patient assessment, ordering labs, and initiation, adjustment and/or discontinuation of current drug therapy.

This course will review the definition and key elements of a CPA. It will also review different approaches to building relationships with other healthcare providers that can lead to establishing a CPA.  It will also provide resources such as a template CPA that can easily be adapted to any practice.

Target audience for this course: Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Physicians and Other Prescribers

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Define Collaborative Practice Agreement.
  • Review different approaches to building relationships with healthcare providers that can lead to establishing a Collaborative Practice Agreement.
  • Identify various components that should be included in Collaborative Practice Agreements.


  • Sarah McBane, PharmD, CDE, BCPS, FCCP, FCPhA, APh, Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice, West Coast University
  • Nathan A. Painter, PharmD, CDE, Associate Clinical Professor, UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Continuing Pharmacy Education

The California Pharmacists Association (#0113) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Upon completing an evaluation form, participants will be awarded 1.5 hour (0.15 CEUs) of Continuing Pharmacy Education Credit. A statement of credit will not be issued. Participants may log onto the CPE monitor website using their individual log in to download their statement of credit. Please allow 4 weeks for processing of CPE credits to the CPE monitor. UAN: 0113-0000-17-089-H04-P, 0113-0000-17-089-H04-T

Activity Type:  Knowledge-based
Target Audience:  Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians
Release Date: October 19, 2017
Expiration Date: October 19, 2020

What to Expect After Registration

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions on how to access this course.

Registration Fees**
CPhA Member $125
Non-Member $250

***No cancellations or refunds will be issued once user login information has been sent. Unfortunately, due to the online format of this program we are unable to offer exceptions to this policy. It’s recommend that each registrant review the course content prior to submitting payment to ensure the content meets individual educational needs. User has 30 days to complete the on-demand program from registration. If you have questions regarding course content or cancellation policy please contact CPhA at (916) 779-4524.

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