Distance Education & Continuing Professional Development

 The Distance Education and Continuing Professional Development unit at the School of Pharmacy offers continuing professional development (CPD) programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, affiliated health care professionals and members of the general public. Programs are designed to improve patient outcomes by increasing therapeutic knowledge for practitioners. 

Our programs aim to facilitate practice change and increase interprofessional collaboration, and are built around three themes:

  1. Leadership
  2. Health literacy
  3. Deprescribing

Featured Course - Enhancing Eye Care through Interprofessional Collaboration

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This continuing education program was developed by our team of experts from the University of Waterloo's School of Pharmacy, School of Optometry and Vision Science, and Centre for Ocular Research and Education. 

It brings you the latest in clinical and therapeutic eye care information while highlighting the importance of interprofessional collaboration between pharmacists and optometrists. Learn to:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of red eye in contact lens wearers and apply a systematic approach in information gathering and treatment prioritization.
  • Compare and contrast the different types of contact lenses, types of cleaning solutions, and understand the importance of cleaning protocols.
  • Describe the pathophysiology of dry eye, classification of dry eye disease, and various treatment options.
  • Understand the importance of collaboration between pharmacists and optometrists and generate a plan to enhance interprofessional communication.

This course is available at a special introductory price of $40.00 and is accredited for 3.5 continuing education units/hours. Discounts are available to alumni. See the course page to learn more and register.

Current program offerings include:

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Management of Oral Anticoagulation Therapy (MOAT)

A course offered in partnership with Waterloo Centre for Extended Learning and The Centre for Family Medicine. Two options now available - fully online or blended (online course work with three in-person clinic dates in Kitchener, ON). Please see the course registration page for further details (registration closes one week after the course begins).


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Pharmacogenomics for Healthcare Providers: The Basics

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect an individual’s response to drugs. This course reviews therapeutic areas where pharmacogenomics can influence healthcare provider decisions. It is CCCEP-accredited and provides 8.5 continuing education units of content. Learn more about the course on the course page.


Programs in development:

We have more offerings in the works. Watch for announcements here and on Twitter: @UWPharmacy

Do you have a great idea for a CPD course? Please complete our short Needs Assessment Survey to let us know!

Programs from partner organizations:

Video Resources

Explore recorded CPD sessions from Waterloo Pharmacy events.

From 'Eh' to Zika: Protecting Canadian Travellers from the Zika Virus - Sherilyn Houle

Community Pharmacists as Independent Consultants: How to Make it Happen - Bryan Gray

Deprescribing in Your Practice - Wade Thompson

Hot Topics in Travel Health - Sherilyn Houle

Shot in the Arm: Did we hit our influenza immunization targets? - Nancy Waite

Opioids, Fentanyls, Overdose, and Naloxone - Michael Beazely

Recent Clinical Trials: Practice Changes, or Works in Progress? - Jeff Nagge


Last Updated: May 28, 2018