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Participants in Penicillin Allergy Skin Testing Certificate Program

Penicillin Allergy Assessment & Skin Testing Certificate Program

Our Penicillin Allergy Assessment & Skin Testing Certificate program provides health care providers with skills in allergy assessment and penicillin skin testing for allergy reconciliation and improved patient outcomes.                      


How often have you encountered patients or loved ones with a documented penicillin allergy? While approximately 35 million Americans carry this label, nearly 90% do not have a true allergy. Unfortunately, having a documented penicillin allergy leads to comparatively more negative health care outcomes including higher rates of adverse drug events, greater infection risks with resistant organisms, and higher overall health care costs.

A Continuing Education Accredited Program

This comprehensive program is designed to develop and hone skills of health care providers in allergy assessment and penicillin skin testing for the purpose of improving antibiotic selection and patient outcomes following allergy reconciliation. This 15-hour continuing education accredited program combines interactive and in-depth home study with live programming offered at host sites across the country. Program advisory board members and content authors are among the nation’s leading physician and pharmacist experts and scholars in penicillin allergy related outcomes and execution of comprehensive allergy assessment and skin testing.

Whether you’re a trainee or seasoned practitioner, any health care provider involved in antibiotic administration, prescribing, and/or decision-making including nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians, you'll find value in this program. At the conclusion, all participants completing the online, enduring material and live program portions will receive an official certificate documenting competency in the program objectives.

Program Goals

At the conclusion of the program, the participant will be able to:

  • Evaluate antibiotic-associated allergies and the negative outcomes associated with documented beta-lactam allergies.
  • Recommend appropriate first- and second-line therapies for common disease states that include beta-lactam antibiotics as a preferred therapy.
  • Describe methods for successfully and safely optimizing antibiotic therapy in a patient with a documented penicillin allergy.
  • Perform a comprehensive allergy assessment and assess the need for penicillin skin testing.         
  • Execute and interpret the results a penicillin allergy skin test.
  • Implement a comprehensive allergy assessment and skin testing program at your institution.

This program is supported by a generous unrestricted educational grant from ALK-Abello, Inc.

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