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

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Featured Course: Prescribing for Minor Ailments - The Fundamentals

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Developed as a collaborative effort between the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) and the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, this series of multimedia modules, directed at pharmacistspharmacy students and other healthcare providers, provides current information about common conditions and highlights the difference between over-the-counter consults and minor ailment prescribing services.

It's accredited by the Canadian Council for Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) for up to 9 CEUs. See the prescribing for minor ailments course page for more information and to register.

Current program offerings include:

Antimicrobial Stewardship in Primary Care Continuing Education Program

This award winning series of multimedia modules, directed at community-based practitioners, provides current information about the consequences of use of antimicrobial agents, general principles for antimicrobial stewardship in primary care, as well as strategies to optimize antimicrobial use in a variety of common clinical scenarios.

It's accredited for physicians and pharmacists for up to 5 Mainpro+ credits/CEUs. For more information and to register, please visit the AMS course page.

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Essential Cannabis Knowledge for Pharmacists Certificate Program

This online, self-paced continuing education certificate program was developed by the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) and the University of Waterloo's School of Pharmacy to help practicing pharmacists meet the Ontario College of Pharmacists' (OCP) new requirements for mandatory cannabis education. See the cannabis course page to learn more and register.

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Management of Oral Anticoagulation Therapy (MOAT)

A fully online course offered in partnership with Waterloo Centre for Extended Learning and The Centre for Family Medicine.

This award winning program has been accredited for a maximum of 25 CEUs (1 CEU/hour) by Continuing Pharmacy Education, College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University (expires February 22, 2023).

In 2019, it received the Best Non-Credit Program (under 48 hours) award from the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE).

Please see the MOAT course registration page for further details (registration closes one week after the course begins).

    2021 MOAT Program Start Dates:

    • Jan 11, 2021
    • Mar 8, 2021
    • May 3, 2021
    • July 5, 2021
    • Sept 13, 2021
    • Nov 8, 2021

      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: June 15, 2021