Pharmacists sit in the perfect position to enhance their knowledge and practice of complementary medicine. Integrative pharmacy seeks to recognize the value of a holistic and systematic approach to health and wellness. In our IPS Level I program, The Lifestyle Module, a groundwork for Functional Pharmacy and Lifestyle medicine was established, outlining how pharmacists can best implement positive practices for both themselves and their patients.
In this Level II program, the focus turns to Core Metabolism. This comprehensive series recognizes a "systems approach" to healing, recognizing that major organ and glandular systems influence each other in both the states of disease and wellness.Program Description
This series is designed to be a natural progression of the Integrative Pharmacy Specialist, Level 1 series. Elements of core metabolism, including organ and glandular interactions, digestive health, adrenal health, thyroid health, insulin resistance, and sex hormones are explored in detail. Students will also begin to understand options for assessment, testing, and how to apply the principles in their practice. A targeted and broad approach is used in uniting the understanding of these critical systems, to aid in pharmacy practice and produce positive outcomes for the patient.
About Functional Pharmacist Robert Kress, RPh:
Robert Kress, RPh, graduated from Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia PA in 1994. After becoming disenchanted with chemical dominant based medical system, Robert took his passion for nutrition and became board certified in clinical nutrition through the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board, as well as trained as a compounding pharmacist through the Professional Compounding Centers of America.
During this time, Robert opened his own compounding and nutritional clinic, which blossomed into a complete anti-aging clinic housing other integrative practitioners. Robert became certified in Quantum Reflex Analysis, a practice of kinesiology, as well as have trained and certified in other modalities such as Reiki and auricular acupuncture, Primal Health Coach and Yoga Teacher.
Currently, Robert consults with patients to enhance their health through lifestyle medicine as well other practitioners to help integrate, promote and implement natural medicine in their practices. Robert also provides regular educational Wellness Workshops and writes regularly on the topic of lifestyle medicine and integrative care.
Robert believes as pharmacists, we are offered the perfect opportunity to integrate natural medicine into our practices, as its core to the history of pharmacy. Patients are looking for natural solutions for their health, while practitioners are looking towards integrative care to help solve their clients' problems and enhance their practices.
Some important notes to remember regarding the Integrative Pharmacy Specialist Level II Certificate:
Registration costs $129 for members, $229 for non-members
Once you have completed the specialty certificate, you are eligible to claim a sharable digital badge.
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This program's final exam consists of 50 unique multiple-choice questions.
You have only three (3) attempts to pass the final certification exam.
You may not leave the final certification exam in the middle and return at a later time.
The final certification exam has no time limit; however, we recommend that you write the answers down in case you lose your Internet connection or get interrupted while taking the exam.
You will earn continuing education credit as you complete each activity, totaling 6 credits upon final completion of all required activities, or 8 credits if you complete the bonus module
You will have 12 months to complete the specialty certification before it expires from your account.
This series certification is accredited for pharmacists or nurses