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Pharmacist Primary Care Certificate Training Program

This program aims to prepare pharmacists to engage in direct patient care and develop the skills and expertise necessary to succeed in the outpatient primary care setting and be more competitive in the job market.


30 Hours Total
2/3 Home Study
1/3 Live Simulation
12 Weeks
Designated Clinical Coaches
Total Cost $2,000

The profession of pharmacy continues its transformation toward a practice model centered around direct patient care clinical services. Pharmacists must be prepared to take on these expanded roles and provide additional patient care services. 


Next cohort launching March 27, 2023

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Clinical Support Team

Drew Armstrong, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP


Shannon Finks, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCCP, ASHCP-CHC


Hamilton Borden, PharmD, MBA


Christa George, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES


Jennifer Campbell, PharmD, CDCES


Rebecca Hopper, PharmD, BSPharm, BCACP, CDCES, BCADM

Shauntá Chamberlin, PharmD, BCPS


Tara Moore, PharmD


Sarah Darby, PharmD, BCPS 


Maren Richards Brinton, PharmD 


Ashley Ellis, PharmD, CDECS 


Gregory Sneed, PharmD


Sarah Eudaley, PharmD, BCPS


Jason Vinson, PharmD


Nancy Hart, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS


Faculty Facilitators

James Wheeler
James Wheeler, PharmD, BCPS

Associate Dean, Knoxville
Director of Continuing Professional Development


Kelsey Frederick
Kelsey Frederick, PharmD

Assistant Professor
Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science



Pharmacist Testimonials

Kayla Agee
Kayla Agee, PharmD

Kayla Agee's Testimonial
Why do you believe the Pharmacist Primary Care Certificate Training Program is valuable?

The Pharmacist Primary Care Certificate Training Program is valuable in that it enhances pharmacist knowledge in direct patient care. As the role of the pharmacist is continually changing, it is crucial to be adequately prepared to serve our patients in a more "clinical" role. This program included didactic learning that was a good review of the most common disease states addressed in the primary care setting. Additionally, the program took the learning process a step further by including experiential training that allowed us to practice what we had learned. Overall, I feel much better equipped to care for my patients and provide services outside of the scope of the traditional dispensing role.

What are you doing now, and how has the Pharmacist PCC Training Program facilitated your success or prepared you for your transition and new roles?

I am presently the Pharmacist in Charge (PIC) of an independent pharmacy in a rural area, and one of my dreams has always been to initiate DIabetes Education classes. While completing the Pharmacist PCC Training Program, I was paired with a clinical coach who was already performing these education classes in his independent pharmacy. He was able to direct me on the right path for how to get the process started. Additionally, he allowed me to join his classes to see how he conducted them. I am currently still working through the weeds of getting things up and running, but I feel adequately prepared to not only teach the classes, but also bill for my services. Overall, I can confidently say this course helped me find ways to better serve my patients.

Joanna Buxkemper, PharmD

Joann Buxkemper's Testimonial
Why do you believe the Pharmacist Primary Care Certificate Training Program is valuable?

The UTHSC College of Pharmacy's Pharmacist Primary Care Certificate Training Program provides a link for pharmacists who have been away from formal education for a while, by giving them the chance to reconnect with changes to practice and to find new opportunities for ways to practice that may not have existed, or existed in a format that wasn't as accessible when they were in pharmacy school.

What are you doing now, and how has the Pharmacist PCC Training Program facilitated your success or prepared you for your transition and new roles?

I am transitioning into a hybrid role where I will wear many hats: as dispensing pharmacist, as manager, and as leader in implementing new services. The Pharmacist PCC Training Program truly equipped me with an arsenal of updated information to present to my employers. A presentation that I made leaning heavily on resources gleaned from this program became a turning point in my career so far. It was the final puzzle piece in paving the way forward for my transition from a full-time traditional community pharmacist to my new role where a significant portion of my time will be spent collaborating with primary care clinics to implement pharmacist services within their operations. I'm still at the very beginning of this transition, so it remains to be seen where the road ahead will lead. But I cannot deny that this program came along at just the right time for me, and it was invaluable in convincing stakeholders at my once-PRN, and now full-time, employer of the value pharmacists can bring to their practice.


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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Nov 10, 2022