Consultant Pharmacist Certificate Program for Initial Licensure

This self-paced, fully online program program is intended for pharmacists seeking to become Florida licensed consultant pharmacists.


Program Details

  • Intended Audience: This program is intended for licensed Florida pharmacists who wish to become licensed as a consultant pharmacist in the State of Florida.
  • Universal Activity Number: 0012-0000-21-017-H04-P
  • Certificate Program Number: 0012-23-005-CP
  • Contact Hours: 20 contact hours of ACPE continuing education for pharmacist for initial licensure; approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy to meet requirements pursuant to Section 465.0125, Florida Statutes, and Rule 64B16-26.300, Florida Administrative Code.
  • Program Fees:
    • Regular Registration: $499.00
    • UF Preceptor/Career Coach: $250.00
    • UF COP Faculty: $250.00
  • Activity Type: Application
  • UAN Release Date: 03/15/2021
  • UAN Expiration Date: 03/15/2024
  • Program Support: No outside financial support was provided.
  • Format Type: This course is self-paced, fully online.
  • Time to Complete: All coursework must be completed within 24 weeks from the date of registration or before date of UAN expiration, 03/15/2024, whichever comes first. This course will no longer be eligible for CE credit after 03/15/2024.


This self-paced, fully online program is intended for pharmacists seeking to become Florida licensed consultant pharmacists. This course will provide insight into regulatory requirements and clinical knowledge necessary to practice as a consultant pharmacist in the state of Florida.

Note: The 40-hour preceptorship is no longer a requirement to become a licensed consultant pharmacist pursuant to Section 465.0125, Florida Statutes, and Rule 64B16-26.300, Florida Administrative Code. Visit the Florida Board of Pharmacy website to view a full list of requirements to become a licensed consultant pharmacist in the State of Florida.


A licensed consultant pharmacist provides expert clinical guidance to healthcare providers on the appropriate use of medications in a variety of practice settings. This role includes collaborating with members of the health care team by providing recommendations to ensure safe and effective drug therapy, as well as guidance on regulatory compliance, facility medication utilization trends and appropriate medication storage.

Consultant pharmacists perform medication regimen reviews based on a patient’s health history to evaluate the appropriateness, safety, benefits, risks, and cost-effectiveness of medication therapy. The consultant pharmacist may provide alternate treatment options and medication management guidance, including drug monitoring, administration, and storage.

Opportunities in consultant pharmacy can be expanded with a pharmacist and supervising physician Collaborative Practice Agreement. Under this agreement, a pharmacist will be able to perform patient assessments and develop treatment plans. Testing and treating minor, nonchronic health conditions, under an established written protocol, can also provide additional opportunities to expand a consulting practice.

Program Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the regulatory authorities, licensure requirements and facility permits necessary for consultant pharmacy services in the state of Florida.
  • Understand standards, accreditation and survey processes that apply to hospital consultant pharmacy practice.
  • Understand federal indicators and survey processes that apply to long term care consultant pharmacy practice.
  • Perform a Medication Regimen Review and document and communicate findings to the facility health care team.
  • Describe the administrative roles of the consultant pharmacist and policy and procedures necessary for consultant pharmacy practice settings.
  • Describe the professional responsibilities and clinical skills of the consultant pharmacist in various practice settings.
  • Understand Collaborative Practice Agreements in the State of Florida, including laws, regulations, barriers and benefits.
  • Discuss the skills necessary to perform patient assessments and identify appropriate testing for treatment of specific conditions.

Program Overview

Module 1: Introduction to Consultant Pharmacy Requirements

Module 2: Long-Term Care (Roles and Responsibilities of the Consultant Pharmacist)

Module 3: Hospitals (Roles and Responsibilities of the Consultant Pharmacist)

Module 4: Collaborative Practice Agreements & Test and Treat

Module 5: Practical Application

Requirements for Successful Course Completion

In order to earn credit for this course, participants must complete all course case studies and quizzes with a score of 70% or higher. Two chances to pass each quiz/assessment will be given. If a passing score is not earned by the second attempt, the participant must re-enroll in the course. Upon successful completion of all coursework, participants must complete a course evaluation form.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion which may be used to apply for initial consultant licensure with the Florida Board of Pharmacy.

Course Access

To access your course after enrollment, please click the link below.

Click the blue “Log in to Continuing Education” button and enter your login credentials. You should then see your course on the Canvas dashboard or by clicking Courses>All Courses.

Disclosure Statement

Eric A Dietrich, Pharm.D., BCACP, CPC-A, CEMC, CPB (speaker) has disclosed that he receives an unrestricted Investigator-initiated Research Grant from BMS/Pfizer. All of the relevant financial relationships listed for Dr. Dietrich have been mitigated. No other speaker, reviewer, or planning committee member in a position to control content has any financial relationships to disclose.

  • Michele Smith, Pharm.D., CPh
  • Norman Pillsbury, Pharm.D., BCPS
  • John M. Allen, Pharm.D., CPh, BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM
  • Janet Schmittgen, Pharm.D.
  • Gary Cacciatore, Pharm.D., J.D.
  • Eric Dietrich, Pharm.D., BCACP
  • Jessica Huston, Pharm.D.
  • Joshua Pullo, Pharm.D.

Credit Reporting

Initial consultant licensure: Per the Florida Board of Pharmacy, credit hours may be applied towards general pharmacist recertification OR consultant initial licensure. If applying for consultant licensure, hours may only be used for application purposes. Continuing education hours will be reported to your NABP e-profile ID.  A Certificate of Completion will be awarded via Credly after the requirements for successful course completion (outlined above) have been met. The certificate of completion must be provided with your application to the Florida Board of Pharmacy for Initial Consultant Licensure. If asked to enter a certificate number, please enter “NA”. Please use the “Contact Us” button below for any additional questions.

Additional Resources

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