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Program Overview

APhA’s The Pharmacist & Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program (6th Edition) is an 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.

How It Works

This program is conducted in two parts: 

  1. Online interactive self-study with assessment
  2. Live Training Seminar

The live training seminar includes demonstrating competency in blood pressure testing, self-injection techniques, diabetic foot exam, and blood glucose testing, followed up with online evaluation and assessment.


A Certificate of Achievement is awarded to participants who successfully complete all activity requirements:

  • Successful completion of the self-study component involves completing all 15 videos and receiving a 70% or better on the self-study exam.
  • Successful completion of the live seminar component involves attending the full live seminar, completing a skills assessment, and passing the final assessment with a grade of 70% or higher. In addition, participants must complete a final program evaluation.


Continuing Education

Activity Type: Practiced Based

Target Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings

Successful completion of the entire program will result in 23 contact hours of CPE credit (2.30 CEU).

  • 15 hours (1.5 CEU) is awarded for completion of the self-study learning portion | ACPE UAN 0202-0000-21-111-H01
  • 8 hours (0.8 CEU) is awarded for completion of the live training seminar | ACPE UAN 0202-9999-21-112-L01-P

Once credit is claimed, Statements of Credit will be available online within 24 hours on participant’s CPE Monitor profile at  The Certificate of Achievement will be available online upon successful completion of the necessary activity requirements on the participant’s "My Training” page on

For more information on the program curriculum or agenda, contact the Certificate Training Department by e-mailing or calling 202-429-7512. Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program was developed by the American Pharmacists Association.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 480-838-3385.




The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as providers of continuing education.


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Course Information

Course Goals

  • Provide comprehensive instruction on current standards of care for patients with diabetes.
  • Increase pharmacists’ ability to apply pharmacotherapeutic information and serve 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.
  • Provide training on the use of diabetes-related devices and physical assessments involved with optimal diabetes care.
  • Describe business opportunities and roles for pharmacists in improving health outcomes for patients with diabetes.

Key Learning Objectives of the Live Training Seminar

  • 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.


For a complete list of learning objectives and for all APhA accreditation information and policies, please visit APhA’s website,

Course Faculty

  • Grace Akoh-Arrey, PharmD, CDE
  • Darren Clonts, PharmD , MBA
  • Andrew Gaspar, PharmD.
  • Elizabeth Louton, PharmD
  • Chandima Deegala, PharmD


Faculty displayed are all those involved with the program. To see which faculty will be conducting a given offering, please see individual current offering pages.

Seminar Agenda

  • Check-in and Continental Breakfast
  • Welcome, Introductions and Acknowledgements
  • Comprehensive Diabetes Care
  • Treating Type 2 Diabetes
  • Break
  • Insulin Therapy in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Lunch and Networking
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling for Patients
  • Hands-On Skills Practice
  • Break
  • Next Steps and Resources
  • Post-Seminar Final Instructions