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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 - Pharmacogenomics for Healthcare Providers: The Basics

Pills with DNA strands insidePharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect an individual’s response to drugs. This new 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.

The participant will begin by completing a self-assessment of their genetics knowledge and an introduction to pharmacogenomics. This is followed by in-depth lessons on:

  • Transplantation
  • Analgesia
  • Psychiatry
  • Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • HLA Types
  • Current State of Pharmacogenetics

CCCEP Accrediated from 2017/08/25 to 2018/08/25. Approved for 8.5 CEUs.


    The course employs the latest innovations in online learning and includes case-based application exercises, instructive animations, and a discussion board where students can interact with course author Blake Ziegler, a pharmacist and adjunct professor with Waterloo Pharmacy. Register at the registration page. Discounts available to alumni, co-op supervisors and preceptors: email for more information.

    Current program offerings include:

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    Drug-Nutrient Interactions

    A unique, award-winning online learning program for pharmacists, dietitians and other healthcare practitioners . Improve your ability to identify, prevent and manage clinically relevant drug-nutrient interactions.

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    Orientation to Pharmacy in Long-term Care and Residential Care Facilities

    A course offered by the Ontario Pharmacists Association (developed with the participation and support of Waterloo Pharmacy)

    A pharmacist smiling at a patientManagement of Oral Anticoagulation Therapy (MOAT)

    A course offered in partnership with Waterloo Centre for Extended Learning and The Centre for Family Medicine. Please see the course registration page whether space is available on your preferred clinic dates.


    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:

    Also, check out Ontario Pharmacists Association's (OPA's) 2017 Professional Development Lineup.

    Video Resources

    Explore recorded CPD sessions from Waterloo Pharmacy events.

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


    Last Updated: September 15, 2017