Pharmacy Ethics and Professionalism

An Ethics Protection Course

Available Nationwide


What Is the Pharmacy Ethics and Professionalism Course?

Each Pharmacy Ethics course is taught by leaders in their fields of pharmacy, including experts in pharmacist health and impairment, and attorneys familiar with Pharmacy practice and administrative laws. The faculty for this course are selected by PBI and approved by the California Accreditation for Pharmacy Education.

How Does The Course Work?

The PE-22 Pharmacy Ethics course has three separate components:

  • Pre-Course Stage: readings and written assignments.
  • On-Site Stage: participants come together for group discussion, lecture, workshop, role play, video, and a post-workshop test.
  • Follow-Up Stage: course instructors will follow up with participants for review sessions conducted at 6 and 12 months after the in-person workshops.

How Much Does The Program Cost?


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Comparison and Equivalent Breakdown to Other CME Courses

Professional Boundaries Institute for Medical Quality
Pharmacy Ethics and Professionalism Course (PE-22)
22 CPEs

Availability Sat - Sun Sun - Mon
Locations Irvine, CA Los Angeles, CA

Dates and Locations

Date Location
August 4-5, 2018 Irvine Wyndham Irvine Orange County Airport - 17941 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA, 92614 - Call (949) 345-1856 and ask for the PBI room block. 3 seats remain open.
October 27-28, 2018 Irvine - UC Irvine Student Center - List of hotels that offer a UCI discount rate - Student Center, A 311 W Peltason Dr., Irvine, CA 92697-2050


PE22 Ethics Course

Pharmacy Ethics and Professionalism

Each Pharmacy Ethics course is taught by leaders in their fields of medicine, including psychiatrists, physician experts in physician health and impairment, and attorneys familiar with Pharmacy practice and administrative laws. The faculty for this course are selected by PBI and approved by the California Board of Pharmacy.

Course Content

Background assessment: The pre-course portion of PE-22 includes a 1-3 page write-up detailing the ethical violation in question. Attendees will submit this write-up to the course director as well as copies of the board complaint and consent agreement. The course also includes an in-person description of ethical violation in question.

Baseline Assessment: Pre-course includes the PBI Ethics Self-Assessment Tool™ assignment, which requires participants to answer ethics-based questions. Their responses are reviewed by course faculty and discussed during the course to help participants identify their areas of weakness and improve ethical decision-making.

Course: Relevant laws and codes will again be reviewed in live workshop setting with peers and course instructors.

Participant Expectations and Introduction: Course will begin with group process with participants relating their reason for participation and expectations.

Didactic: Course includes presentations by 4 or more experienced instructors drawn from a rotational faculty consisting of three physicians (two psychiatrists and the physician director of physician health program and addiction medicine specialist), two psychologists, three attorneys, and the executive director of PBI. Topics identified in background assessments will be thoroughly addressed.

Experiential Exercises: Course will be interspersed with didactic presentations, group discussions, role-playing and practice, and individual writing.

Development of Personal Violation Prevention Plan: Each participant will leave the course with their own violation prevention plan.

Longitudinal: Participants needing regular support will have the opportunity to participate in weekly group therapy/discussion/support via conference call. All participants will be required to participate in a follow-up at 6 months and 1 year to review progress and to review their violation prevention plan and revise it as needed.


Course Schedule & Outline

Pre-Course Section: See COURSE PORTAL - Pharmacy Ethics and Professionalism: An Ethic Protection Course.

Readings - 3.75 hours
Assignments - 4.25 hours
Total = 8.00 hours

In-Person Course Schedule - Day 1:

8:15- 9:00Orientation, fundamentals and overview
9:00-10:15Dissecting the professional boundary violation
10:30-12:15Pharmacists and the legal/regulatory system
12:15-1:15Lunch (on your own)
1:15-2:45Biggest drivers of enforcement actions against pharmacists
3:00-5:00Biggest drivers of enforcement actions against pharmacists (cont’d)

In-Person Course Schedule - Day 2:

8:15- 9:00Violation potential and the ethics formula
9:00-10:15Risk factors
12:00-1:00Lunch (on your own)
1:00-3:00Developing your own Ethics Violation Protection Plan
3:15-4:45Role playing regarding Protection Plans

Follow-up Evaluation and Review - conducted at 6 and 12 months post course:
(Only required for California pharmacists at this time, optional for others)
The 6 and 12 month evaluation and review will be emailed to you. Please notify us of any changes to your email address and other contact information.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the PE-22 program, participants should be able to:

  1. Review and communicate an understanding of state statutes and code that have been violated.
  2. Expand their understanding of pharmacy law, rules and regulation.
  3. Define professionalism.
  4. Delineate hot vs cold ethical processing.
  5. Identify individualized elements that adversely impact decision making.
  6. Understand laws in relationship to interpretive criteria.
  7. Define corresponding responsibility.
  8. Utilize peer review for ethical dilemma resolution.
  9. Create a Ethics Protection Plan to maintain professional ethics.


Why Should I Choose PBI?

PBI has a proven history of assisting licensed professionals to move past boundary issues with compassion and understanding.

Best Value For Your Money

We are the most cost-effective boundary program in the US as well as the most accessible: your class will start immedately upon registration. We provide weekend conferences so you have less down-time - many of our programs go from 8am Friday through 5pm Sunday to keep from interrupting your busy schedule.

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Recognized For High Quality

We have been CME accredited since 2003 and we are the only program developed and presented by a consortium of experts from across the United States to protect professionals and their patients, clients, students, staffers, and/or congregants. PBI was selected by the Federation of State Medical Boards in 2006 to provide webinar training to State Medical Board members on the topic of sexual and non-sexual boundary transgressions by licensees.

Learn From Instructors Who Have Been There

We have a large and diverse faculty and we are the only course in the country with integrated teleconference follow-ups that maximize your value from the course. We are also the only US program founded by a physician in recovery for a boundary violation.


CPE Information

Accreditation Statement

Professional Boundaries, Inc. is an accredited provider of continuing education courses for pharmacy professionals under the requirements of California Accreditation for Pharmacy Education and the California Board of Pharmacy. CAPE PROVIDER #217

Designation Statement

California Accreditation for Pharmacy Education and the California Board of Pharmacy designates these live activities each for a maximum of 22 PRA Category 1 Credits™. Pharmacists should claim only the credit commensurate with extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of the California Accreditation for Pharmacy Education and the California Board of Pharmacy to ensure balance, independence, objectively and scientific rigor in all CPE activities. Full disclosure of conflicts and conflict resolutions will be made prior to the activity in writing via handout materials, insert, or syllabus.

California Assembly Bill 1195

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195, which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. For specific information regarding Bill 1195 and definitions of cultural and linguistic competency, please visit the CPE website at