Ethics and Professionalism

California Pharmacy Ethics and Professionalism (PE-22)


California Pharmacy Ethics

Although all clinicians are at risk for lapses in ethical or professional conduct, some issues are unique to pharmacists. This course was designed by a forensic pharmacist to present these unique topics against a background of other areas of common professional concern. In an intensive two-day curriculum, participants learn about topics such as the legal and regulatory framework in which they function, corresponding responsibility, and a pharmacist-specific professional identity that can predispose to problematic conduct. They then weave that information into a Personalized Protection Plan to elevate their accountability and prevent recidivism.

PBI is committed to providing interactive, individualized, impactful education. To facilitate this, our California Pharmacy Ethics (PE-22) course size is limited to 12 participants. 

This course is California Board approved to meet the Title 16, California Code of Regulations (CCR) section 1773.5 requirements (or 16 CCR – 1358.1). If you are not licensed in California, see our one-day or two-day ethics courses which are applicable for all licensed pharmacists outside of California.

Participating in more than one live course?
Contact us about our multi-course discount program.

Course Format

Part One:

  1. Pre-course assignments, 8 hours
  2. Two-day virtual live course

Part Two (optional):

  • Post-course follow-up material provided to all participants at six and twelve-month intervals following their live course.

Reasons for Referral

  • Bending or breaking laws or rules
    • Noncompliance with orders/deadlines
  • Driving under the influence (DUI/DWI)
  • Financial improprieties
    • Fraud
    • Inappropriate invoicing
  • HIPAA or confidentiality violations
  • Misrepresentation
    • Cheating
    • Falsification
    • Inaccurate or inappropriate advertising
    • Lying or omission of information
  • Practicing on an expired license
  • Noncompliance with orders/deadlines

Professions This Course Is Suitable For

California licensed pharmacists, PIC’s, pharmacy managers, and pharmacy executives. All licensed pharmacists outside of California should consider our one-day or two-day ethics courses.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the concept of professionalism as it relates to pharmacists
  • Identify unique risk factors that create legal, regulatory, and risk management issues for pharmacists
  • Discuss the important statutes and regulations that govern the practice of pharmacy, how and why they were created, and what boards of pharmacy do to enforce them
  • Identify how and why pharmacists enter the legal/regulatory system
  • Define the concept of unprofessional and unethical conduct
  • Identify and define violation potentials for ethical issues utilizing the Formula©
  • Create a personal Protection Plan to maintain professional ethics and safeguard against ethics violations


PBI Education (Provider #217) is accredited by the California Accreditation of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) as
a recognized provider of continuing pharmacy education. CAPE is accredited by the California Pharmacists Association to provide continuing pharmacy education for pharmacists. The California State Board of Pharmacy recognizes CAPE accredited program units for pharmacist license renewal.

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

Registration Options

Course Credits

22 CPE (8 Pre-Course + 14 Live)

Course Costs

$2075.00 Flat

Date: July 20, 2024 - July 21, 2024

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Date: August 24, 2024 - August 25, 2024

Location: Virtual Live Classsroom, Pacific Time
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Date: September 21, 2024 - September 22, 2024

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Date: October 19, 2024 - October 20, 2024

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Am I eligible to take a course in the Virtual Live Classroom?
Can I attend this course proactively for CPE credit even if I don’t have a disciplinary order?
  • "I love this course. I came in with a very negative attitude, I was anxious, worried that I will be judged and condemned by the instructors and by my peers. I came away feeling rewarded, positive and with help that I can use to aid me in my future...GRATEFUL for all you do and all the assistance you rendered. THANK YOU."
    - Pharmacy Ethics Course Graduate
  • "PBI is one of the best things to happen to me. It has provided me with a mechanism to view myself and my behaviors from another perspective entirely. I wish I had been more self-aware. I firmly believe that had I taken these courses preemptively, my transgressions might never have happened. I cannot recommend PBI highly enough to other professionals."
    - Pharmacy Ethics Course Graduate
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