You've heard that pharmacists on the cardiopulmonary resuscitation team save lives.

Maybe you've even read the data: 

Every year, pharmacists who respond to inpatient medical emergencies are responsible for saving at least 12,880 lives (Bond 2007, p=0.009).

But they don't teach this stuff in Pharmacy School... 

The feeling of walking into an emergency situation is nerve-wracking if you've never be taught how to help the team in this scenario.

ECG recognition skills are needed to pass ACLS, and they aren't taught in the ACLS class.

Physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists are already on the resuscitation team, but how does a pharmacist fit in?

What if you could arrive at a code blue or rapid response call confident in your role and ability to provide for the pharmacotherapy needs of a crashing patient?

That's why I've created this CE program: Inpatient Emergency Response Training for Pharmacists

I'm Pharmacy Joe, a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, ICU clinical pharmacist, author of A Pharmacist's Guide to Inpatient Medical Emergencies and host of The Elective Rotation - A Critical Care Hospital Pharmacy Podcast.

Teaching other pharmacists how to respond to code blue and rapid response calls is a passion of mine. Ever since I’ve seen the impact a pharmacist brings to these patient care scenarios I've been hooked on showing other pharmacists how to do it.


Through this 6 module program, you'll develop the confidence and skills necessary to respond to code blue and rapid response calls.

You'll also be completely prepared to pass the healthcare provider BLS and ACLS classes.

This program is ACPE accredited for 6 hours of continuing education by Wegman's School of Pharmacy.


Here is what you'll find inside the program

  • Pharmacist Emergency Response 101

    After this 46-minute video-based lecture you'll be able to:
    1. Describe the role and responsibilities for pharmacists at code blue and rapid response calls.
    2. Identify potential causes of inpatient medical emergencies.
    3. Explain the role of the pharmacist at a rapid response call for a patient with sepsis.

  • ACLS Guideline Highlights

    After you read these three sections of the ACLS Guideline Highlights, you'll be able to:
    1. Identify the BLS sequence for healthcare providers.
    2. Review the rhythm-based management of cardiac arrest.
    3. Review the medications used for different arrest rhythms.

  • ECG Recognition for Pharmacists

    After this 31-minute video-based lecture you'll be able to:
    1. Recognize Common and Life-Threatening Arrhythmias.
    2. Calculate the QTc Interval.
    3. Recognize Effects of Medications on the ECG.

  • Patient Assessment

    After this 28-minute video-based lecture you'll be able to:
    1. Identify reasons why patient assessment is important.
    2. Review items to look for during initial and ongoing assessment.
    3. Discuss specific circumstances & examples of patient assessment.

  • Airway Pharmacology

    After this 50-minute video-based lecture you'll be able to:
    1. Recognize how the decision to intubate is made.
    2. Review the medications used to facilitate intubation.
    3. Discuss the management of common airway scenarios and complications.

  • Septic Shock

    After this 67-minute video-based lecture you'll be able to:
    1. Identify the pathophysiology of septic shock.
    2. Review how to manage hypotension in septic shock.
    3. Describe how to select an empiric antibiotic regimen for a patient with septic shock.

  • 6 Hours of ACPE CE Credit

    To earn credit, participants must complete all sections of the program (no partial credit), submit their NABP e-profile ID (e-pid) number, date of Birth (MMDD), and complete the evaluation form, sent after program completion. Once per month, Pharmacy Joe will provide the Wegmans School of Pharmacy with a list of attendees and we will grant CE credit. Please note it may take up to 30 days to receive credit. A certificate of completion document will be emailed after credit is granted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the time commitment? Do I need to do it all at once?
A: This program should take an average of 6 hours to complete, including the post-test for CE credit.  You can complete the program at your own pace, but to receive CE credit your must submit your post-test by 11/13/2020.

Q: Do you offer refunds?
A: Because you get immediate access to all of the high-quality content within the program, there is a strict no-refunds policy.

Q: Do you offer group discounts?
A: Yes, send an email to for a quote on a group rate.

Q: Can you provide an invoice and/or W-9 form so my hospital will reimburse me?
A: Yes, send an email to to request an invoice and/or W-9 form.

Q: Can my hospital pay you directly?
A: Yes. Send an email to for an invoice and W-9 form.

Q: Can I download the CE Program Announcement?
A: Yes, click here to download the program announcement.

Q: What if I have a question that is not answered here?
A: Send an email to and I will be happy to answer it!

Choose your enrollment option:

Non-Member Pricing

6 Hours of ACPE CE Credit

Pharmacist Emergency Response 101 Training

BLS/ACLS Guideline Highlights Training

ECG Recognition for Pharmacists Training

Patient Assessment Training

Airway Pharmacology Training

Septic Shock Training

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