PANS Managing Chronic Disease Pharmacist Certificate Program

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PANS Managing Chronic Disease Certificate Program Outline (Accredited by Dalhousie Continuing Pharmacy Education)

The following courses are included:

  • Behavioural Change
  • The Care Plan Process
  • Diabetes Modules
  • Asthma and COPD Modules
  • Cardiovascular Disease Modules
  • Smoking Cessation, Adapted with permission from CPhA's Quit Program
  • Mental Disorders
  • Adult Obesity
  • Greenshield Cardiovascular Health Coaching Program (optional, must be completed to provide service to eligible Greenshield patients, not accredited)

As the prevalence of chronic disease continues to rise, opportunities for pharmacists to be compensated for their interventions in the area of chronic disease, from both the private and public sector continue to become available across the country.  Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to provide services that support positive patient outcomes in chronic disease, due to their knowledge, skills and accessibility. Pharmacist consultations that include medication management services along with coaching and support for lifestyle modifications have resulted in significant benefit to their patients.

This program has been developed to support pharmacists in the provision of chronic disease management services.  Pharmacists will take the Behaviour Change Counseling Module first, to suport their role in motivational coaching and lifestyle modifications.  Next they will take a module called Care Plan Process.  This module provides guidance and support with respect to process flow documentation and follow-up in the provision of these services.  Once these 2 pre-requisite modules are complete, the following courses will be available to complete:  Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes, Athma/COPD and Quit - A Smoking Cessation course adapted from the CPhA Quit Program, Adult Obesity and Mental Disorders.  Each of these sections will include a refresher on the disease states, along with updates with respect to current practice guidelines, and practical applications for patients.

Pharmacists will be able to register for all 8 courses as one complete program, the PANS Managing Chronic Disease Program OR may elect to register to complete one pathway at a time. Optional pathways include:

    Module outlines and learning objectives:  click here.

    Assessment:  For successful completion of each course, a multiple choice exam will be required at the end of the module.  The pass mark is 70% and learners will have 2 attempts.  

    System Requirements:  online learning environment compatible with MAC, PC and tablets.  You will require speakers and a video player for some content.  

    Authors, Reviewers and Presenters:  Dr.  Jane Gillis, PhC, Dr. Michael Vallis, PhD R Psych, Glenn Rodrigues, PhC, Lisa Woodill, PhC, Janet MacMullin, PhC, Dr. Michael MacNeil, Phc.  Content for the Smoking Cessation Program adapted with Permission from the Canadian Pharmacists Association 2016/2017 Quit Program.   Dr. David Gardner  (Mental Disorders) and Leslee Ellsmere (Adult Obesity)



    Note these modules are also available for individual purchase within the following packages.  Please review the pricing under our professional development page.   Note:   The Pre-requisites Behavior Change Counselling (1.5 CEU) and Care Plans Process (1.5 CEU) will only need to be completed once.  

    Diabetes: Managing Chronic Disease Program (6.25 CEU)

    Asthma and COPD: Managing Chronic Disease Program (5.0 CEU)

    Cardiovascular Health: Managing Chronic Disease Program (2.0 CEU)

    • Note:  Also available Greenshield Cardiovascular Health Coaching Program (optional, must be completed to provide service to eligible Greenshield patients)

    Smoking Cessation Program:  Adapted with permission from the CPhA Quit Program (4.5 CEU)

    Mental Disorders (3.0 CEU)

    Obesity (Accredited for 1.5 CEU, September 2019)

    Upon completion of this program, Pharmacists will be able to:

    • Describe the multifactorial pathophysiology of obesity as a chronic disease

    • Explain the rationale for its management

    • Discuss weight bias and its effect on the management of obesity

    • Compare the pharmacotherapy options for management of obesity

    • Provide education to patients regarding obesity including medication therapy, lifestyle modifications and behavioral changes


    Not a member? Association members receive significant discounts on PANS Professional Development Courses. Find out about becoming a member here.