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Washington State University

Pharmacy Technician
Immunization Training

Improving public health and expanding access to care through quality education

The Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have pioneered immunization training for pharmacy technicians across the nation. The program was piloted at WSU before the American Pharmacy Association (APhA) adopted the training so that pharmacy technicians nationwide can learn to administer immunizations.


The two-part program emphasizes a health care team collaboration between pharmacists and technicians which seeks to improve population health through immunizations.

Both technicians and pharmacists across the country can participate in a 4-hour immunization training. Pharmacists can receive an additional hour of training so that they are certified to teach technicians how to immunize.

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Washington State University has led the charge in immunization training and studied the impacts of having technicians administer immunizations. The Center for Disease and Control reports that pharmacies are the second most common location for adults to receive flu vaccinations after the doctor’s office and only 45.6% of people have been vaccinated for influenza, when the target rate should be 70%.