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Vermont Comprehensive Contraceptive Education for the Prescribing Pharmacist is a Course

Vermont Comprehensive Contraceptive Education for the Prescribing Pharmacist

Started Jun 17, 2021
4 credits

$250 Enroll

Full course description

Registration Discounts:
Contact Employer, Chain, or NCPA

Continual Access:
2 Year Real-Time Access


Course Type:
Self-Paced, Exam Based

4 Hours/0.4 CEUs

Comprehensive Contraceptive Education:

Vermont Pharmacists,

Women in the United States have had access to highly effective hormonal contraception in the form of an oral pill for decades. However, access to this necessary health care service was always contingent on their ability to see a physician or women’s health provider to get a prescription for it, an unnecessary hurdle that can serve as a barrier to care. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have issued a formal statement that self-administered hormonal contraception should be made more accessible by removing this barrier because the benefit of preventing unintended pregnancies by improving access to hormonal contraception outweighs the small risks associated with serious adverse events.

In 2020, that’s what we did. Act 178 created the framework for pharmacists in Vermont to prescribe self-administered hormonal contraception. The Vermont Pharmacists Association was at the forefront of the coalition advocating for this expansion of practice and we are pleased now partner with Oregon State University to offer this training program to Vermont pharmacists who are looking for additional training as they implement these protocols. Additional materials, including self-screening questionnaires, treatment algorithm, and current contraceptive guidelines are available on the Vermont Board of Pharmacy website and linked from

This training program has received significant support and guidance from several OBGYN members of ACOG, and is specifically designed to give pharmacists the tools needed to be confident and successful in prescribing and monitoring self-administered hormonal contraception. Thank you for taking this step to support your patients and advance your profession!

Lauren E. Bode, PharmD, BCPS, CDCES
Interim Executive Director
Vermont Pharmacists Association

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Information:

This program has been planned and implemented in accordance with the policies of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education through the sponsorship of OSU College of Pharmacy. The OSU College of Pharmacy is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Upon completion of this activity, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, and a Statement of Credit shall be uploaded to CPE Monitor. Completion requires 1) Registration for the course 2) Completion of all modules and 3) Completion of the program evaluation.

UAN: 0036-0000-21-045-H04-P
Activity Type: Application
Activity Release Date: 06/24/2021
Activity Expiration Date: 06/24/2024

About the Course:

Additional Resources:

The guidelines for contraceptive use put out by the CDC have an app that can be downloaded for use. You can find it by searching "US MEC US SPR" in iTunes or Google Play, or by clicking on this link and scrolling down: US MEC App, the guidelines for contraceptive use put out by the CDC.

Vermont Pharmacist Prescribing Protocol

Contact Information:

An NABP e-Profile ID and NPI number must be provided to complete the registration process, if you need help credentialing please contact the OSU College of Pharmacy.

If you have any questions regarding the course, please contact OSU College of Pharmacy.

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