Preparing for Additional Prescribing Authorization (APA) Course
A course offered by the Alberta Pharmacists' Association
Location: Alberta Pharmacists' Association
Suite 1725 Canadian Western Bank Place
10303 Jasper Avenue NW
LRT stop at the “Bay Station”. Public parking is available on the same block south of Jasper Avenue.
Part 1 – Introductory Session
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
9:00am - 11:00am
Part 2 – Workshop
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm
*Please ensure you are able to attend BOTH parts of the course on the DATE and TIME shown.
Pharmacists interested in applying for Additional Prescribing Authorization (APA). In order to complete the course the pharmacist must be able to provide care to at least ONE patient and bring documented case evidence to the Workshop Session. This requires that the pharmacist be in direct patient care practice for the duration of the course.
This course consists of TWO parts. Both parts must be completed to receive credit for the course. The course
provides participants with an overview of the process, requirements and expectations, as well as tools to assist with applying for Additional Prescribing Authorization.
Part 1 of the course is a live session that is 2 hours in duration. This part ensures that participants have a good understanding of the requirements to complete their application for Additional Prescribing Authorization. Participants will learn to gather their case evidence, supplement that evidence with a patient care narrative, and compile their case evidence in a way that will easily demonstrate to assessors that they have met each of the key activities for a successful application.
Before attending the Part 2 Workshop, pharmacists will need to work or have worked with at least 1 patient where an intervention resulted in a recommendation to change drug therapy. The pharmacist will gather patient case evidence for this patient and use that evidence to complete their first patient case as part of their application for APA. This case will be reviewed during the Part 2 workshop to determine if it meets all of the key activities and indicators for a successful application. Pharmacists should allow for ~2-3 hours per week to gather case evidence and complete the home work portion of this course. Details about the work to be completed will be provided during the Part 1 session.
Part 2 of the course is a workshop session that is 3 hours in duration. The workshop provides an opportunity for participants to actively engage each other working in pairs or small groups where they will have the opportunity to review their own patient case evidence, and learn tips on how to successfully complete the application form to ensure the greatest possibility of a successful application.
PLEASE NOTE: This course does NOT replace the application process for additional prescribing authorization. It is a preparation course only. Course participants must receive authorization from the Alberta College of Pharmacists before beginning to prescribe. Completing this course does NOT guarantee that you will be successful in your application, though it will improve your ability to meet assessor expectations when applying.
Matt Tachuk BSc Pharm. RPh
Over the past 5 years Matt has worked closely with pharmacists engaged in practice change and change management. He has worked with a wide variety of pharmacists in both BC and Alberta, which allowed him to understand the challenges and success strategies needed by pharmacists who wish to excel at providing patient focused services. His experience in practice change management and process based learning will benefit pharmacists interested in preparing to apply for their additional prescribing authorization.
Diane Crandall BSc Pharm. RPh CDE APA
Diane has been practicing pharmacy in Alberta for twenty years, is a Certified Diabetes Educator, Smoking Cessation Educator, and has her Additional Prescribing Authorization and Injection Certification. She has spent the last couple years working as Director of Professional Services for Sandstone Pharmacies in Calgary, Alberta, where she has completed hundreds of care plans and thousands of clinical services billings, and encouraged and supported Sandstone pharmacists in successfully applying for Additional Prescribing Authorization and incorporating billable clinical services into their practices.
Part 1 (Preparing to Apply for APA) 2 hours:
1) Understand the process, requirements, and steps necessary to successfully obtain APA;
2) Differentiate between practice expectations (ie. “charting”), and application requirements (ie. “patient care narrative”);
3) Describe acceptable charting examples that meet ACP expectations/standards;
4) Begin to chart patient interactions that are consistent with ACP standards and are appropriate to include as case evidence for the APA application;
5) Understand the purpose of the patient care narrative as it relates to each case;
6) Understand how to organize and map your patient case evidence so that ACP assessors can easily confirm that each activity and indicator has been met.
Part 2 (Workshop) 3 hours:
1) Understand how to successfully complete the application form and each component;
2) Understand the expectations of ACP assessors when reviewing case documentation;
3) Evaluate a patient case from the perspective of an assessor, using the Peer Self- Assessment Tool;
4) Understand how to organize and map your patient case evidence so that ACP assessors can easily confirm that each activity and indicator has been met
5) Confidently be able to independently complete 2 more patient cases and submit your final application for APA.
CCCEP Accreditation #: 8007-2015-1575-L-P
Accreditation Period: September 23, 2015 - September 23, 2018
Participants will receive a “Statement of Attendance” after successfully completing BOTH parts of the course. Participants will receive their Statement of Attendance at the end of the Part 2 Workshop. Partial Credit will NOT be awarded.
RxA Member: $300 + GST = $315.00
Non-RxA Member: $500 + GST = $525.00
Registration fee includes:
- Attendance at both sessions, presentation materials, tools, templates, and resources.
- A light meal will be served during each part of the course.
Cancellation and Refunds:
All cancellations are subject to a $100.00 cancellation fee. Refunds will only be issued up to and including Friday, January 19, 2018. No refunds will be issued after Friday, January 19, 2018. Please ensure you will be able to participate in both course components prior to registering in this course.
Please contact the Alberta Pharmacists' Association at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about this course.
RxA office hours of operation:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Monday through Friday.
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