Pharmacist Clinician Certification
Take classes that can help you become a pharmacist clinician – an advanced practice pharmacist – while you earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Get advanced pharmacy practice experience at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy in Albuquerque.
History of Pharmacist Clinician Certification
New Mexico developed the pharmacist clinician role to address a shortage of primary care providers in a geographically large, rural state. The UNM College of Pharmacy supported legislation that, in 1993, made New Mexico the first state to let specially trained pharmacists provide primary care for patients. Today, about 250 of the state's 1,800 pharmacists are pharmacist clinicians, or advanced practice pharmacists.
What's a Pharmacist Clinician?
Pharmacist clinicians collaborate with physicians to provide certain primary care and speciatly care services, including prescribing medications, performing physical exams and ordering lab tests.
Become a Pharmacist Clinician
After earning licensure as a New Mexico pharmacist, you must do the following to apply for certification and registration as a pharmacist clinician:
- Complete 60 hours of physical assessment coursework approved by the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy (UNM PharmD students can take this course in their fourth year).
- Complete a 150-hour, 300-patient-contact preceptorship supervised by a physician or other practitioner with prescriptive authority.
Take the physical assessment course through the New Mexico Pharmacists Association. To add your name to the course waitlist, contact Julie Weston, association administrator, at 505-265-8729, 800-464-8729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Mexico Pharmacist Prescriptive Authority
Even if you don't become a pharmacist clinician, you'll have more authority to prescribe medications and give vaccinations as a pharmacist in New Mexico than in most other states. You can earn certification to:
- Administer a wide range of vaccinations [PDF] to people of all ages.
- Perform tuberculin skin testing [PDF], which pharmacists may do only in New Mexico.
- Prescribe hormonal contraception (i.e. birth control pills), emergency contraception [PDF], tobacco cessation medication [PDF] and naloxone [PDF], which treats opiate overdoses.
All UNM College of Pharmacy PharmD graduates receive the necessary training for all New Mexico Prescriptive authorities.