Community-based Pharmacy Residency Program (CPRP) Administrators

Whether starting a new community-based pharmacy residency program (CPRP) or working on the quality improvement of an existing program, APhA’s resources and training will give you the assistance, knowledge, and expertise that you need.

Why establish a PGY-1 CPRP?

PGY-1 CPRPs provide value for organizations, institutions, pharmacies, and schools/colleges of pharmacy by

  • Highlighting the value that the organization places on developing community-based pharmacist practitioners who advance community-based pharmacy practice in a variety of settings
  • Reinforcing the organization’s prestige
  • Demonstrating the organization’s leadership in achieving its patient care and educational missions
  • Attracting prospective student pharmacists and pharmacists
  • Supporting faculty by establishing venues for residents to provide lectures, lead clinical skills sessions and pharmacy practice labs, and assist with other teaching responsibilities
  • Creating opportunities for pharmacy staff and faculty to study community-based pharmacy outcomes
  • Increasing a practice site’s capacity for IPPE and APPE students

PGY-1 CPRPs advance the pharmacy profession by

  • Aligning with the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP)’s Future Vision of Pharmacy Practice
  • Preparing residents to pursue careers in a variety of community-based settings
  • Exposing greater numbers of patients to pharmacists’ clinical expertise by elevating the provided level of patient care
  • Increasing pharmacists’ outreach and engagement in the community
  • Changing public perception of pharmacists as advanced patient care providers
  • Creating greater demand for patient-care services by pharmacists
  • Increasing the number of well-trained pharmacists prepared to serve as quality-driven pharmacists and preceptors
  • Supporting the development of high-quality introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPE) and advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE) in community-based pharmacy settings for student pharmacists

Considerations for establishing a PGY-1 CPRP

While PGY-1 CPRPs provide numerous benefits, there are several factors to consider when developing a program.

Planning with a practice site or school/college of pharmacy
Entering into an agreement with a partner is an important step, and all partners should make an informed decision. It should be preceded by a thorough evaluation of expectations for the residency program, financial arrangements, geographic proximity, and logistics.

Accreditation preparation
This comprehensive process with specific standards should be examined and used as a guide when developing a PGY-1 community-based pharmacy residency program.

Resource allocation
Schools/colleges and any residency partners must commit adequate resources to develop the program and comply with accreditation requirements.

Business/financial planning
A successful program requires a clear understanding of the value provided by the PGY-1 CPRP and how that value aligns with the organization’s mission. The business model and financial plan should account for various aspects of the program— including costs for salary and benefits for preceptors and residents as well as fees for accreditation—and weigh these against the concrete and intangible benefits of a PGY-1 CPRP.

Education and training opportunities

APhA Systematic Curriculum Design and Implementation (SCDI®)

SCDI® trainings are designed for CPRP Directors, Coordinators, Preceptors, and other individuals involved in program administration and coordination. It is ACPE-accredited and contains both at-home and live components.

With SCDI® trainings, you can learn the essential knowledge and skills required to systematically design, develop, and implement a community-based, longitudinal structured pharmacy residency training program.

These trainings are offered in limited quantities throughout the year advertised through APhA member emails, the ENGAGE platform, and the APhA Community-based Pharmacy Residency quarterly newsletter. If you are interested in hosting a program-specific offering, please email Brigid Groves at

APhA SCDI (Abbreviated) for Residents

SCDI (Abbreviated) trainings are designed for community-based residents. The training teaches residents about CPRP program design methodology and standards, competency areas, goals, and objectives through non-ACPE on-demand modules that supplement your own program orientation.

SCDI (Abbreviated) trainings are offered virtually in July and August.

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APhA Meeting the Requirements of Residency Accreditation: Quality Improvement Series

The Meeting the Requirements of Residency Accreditation: Quality Improvement Series is designed for CPRP directors, coordinators, preceptors, and other individuals involved in program administration and coordination. It is ACPE-accredited with both at-home and live components.

In this series, you engage in an interactive experience that guides you through the review, analysis, evaluation, and quality improvement of program materials, which include learning experience descriptions, resident self-evaluation, preceptor summative evaluations, resident development plans.

This series is offered annually. If you are interested in hosting a program-specific offering, please email Brigid Groves at