The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has launched a new program aimed at equipping pharmacists with the foundational knowledge and skills needed for providing patient care in the emergency department (ED).

The self-guided, online continuing education program allows pharmacists to earn an Emergency Medicine Certificate. This program is the latest offering in ASHP’s Professional Certificate line, which includes a new Nutrition Support Certificate program announced May 29.

The curriculum for the Emergency Medicine Certificate features 11 educational modules that review the key roles and responsibilities of pharmacists practicing in emergency medicine, according to ASHP. This course focuses on the application of evidence-based pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapies for clinical scenarios frequently encountered in the emergency department.

“Pharmacists are an integral part of the patient care team in the emergency department, a unique practice setting where rapid initiation of medication therapy is often needed and a strong focus on patient safety is required,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, PharmD, ScD (Hon.), FASHP, in a prepared statement. “The new ASHP Emergency Medicine Certificate program is a valuable resource to introduce pharmacists to the fundamental concepts related to medication therapy in the ED and to equip them with the knowledge necessary to help ensure patient safety in this setting.”

Emergency Medicine Certificate program participants will earn up to 27 hours of pharmacy continuing education credits. They are required to successfully complete all of the modules and receive a score of 80 % or higher on a 115-question comprehensive examination, in order to receive the receive the certificate.

For more information about the Emergency Medicine Certificate Program and other ASHP professional certificate programs, visit



ASHP Launches Emergency Medicine Certificate [news release]. Bethesda, MD; June 6, 2019: ASHP website. Accessed June 9, 2019.