Resources for Practicing Professionals

Division of Continuing Education | Pharmacy Continuing Education
Idaho Drug Utilization Review | Idaho Drug Information Service
Rocky Mountain Learning | Idaho Conference on Health Care
Health Sciences Library | Human Patient Simulation Laboratories
Mental Health and Counseling Workshops
Nursing Office of Professional Development

Division of Continuing Education

The ISU Division of Continuing Education offers hundreds of non-credit professional development and personal enrichment courses covering every topic from Anatomy and Physiology to HIPAA Compliance or Medical Coding. Visit our Online Instruction Center for more information about these engaging six-week courses. In addition, we offer more than 50 online certificate programs in a variety of industries and fields designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations. Learn more about these certificate programs, their curriculum, admission requirements and faculty at

Pharmacy Continuing Education

The Idaho State University College of Pharmacy supports a continuing education (CE) program that is dedicated to the continual enhancement of postgraduate skills and knowledge. As one of only two Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited providers in Idaho, our ultimate aim is to provide a variety of courses that offer high quality, unbiased, and up-to-date educational experiences for pharmacists and other health care professionals. Currently the College offers CE programs in two formats; live presentations, and home correspondence.

Idaho Drug Utilization Review

The Idaho State University College of Pharmacy holds the contract to provide drug utilization review services to the State's Medicaid Department. The services are composed of College faculty, residents and staff and they report to the Idaho Drug Utilization Review Board which is composed of practitioners and Medicaid officials. The purpose of the Drug Utilization Review (DUR) program is to improve patient care and reduce overall drug costs in the state of Idaho. It accomplishes these tasks through the following means:

  • Retrospective analysis of patient drug usage, physician prescribing, and pharmacy dispensing activities
  • Identification and review of critical patient profiles
  • Regular reporting of activities and important findings to Medicaid providers and pharmacies
  • Preparation and distribution of educational leaflets to Idaho physician and pharmacists
  • Awareness campaigns for new pharmaceutical products and techniques
  • Research studies into drug-related trends and the application of those studies into cost-savings plans

Idaho Drug Information Service

The ISU College of Pharmacy is pleased to host the Idaho Drug Information Service (IDIS), which is able to answer any drug related question. The goals at IDIS include the following:

  • To answer patient-related drug information questions for health care professionals throughout the State of Idaho. Responses can be tailored to specific patient characteristics.
  • To teach drug information to students in the ISU College of Pharmacy.
  • To provide relevant information and articles to the faculty and students in the College of Pharmacy.

The Idaho Drug Information Service is prepared and committed to answering all drug-related questions free of charge. Questions may be related to:

  • Adverse effects
  • Dosage and Administration
  • Drug interactions
    • Drug/drug
    • Drug/herbal
    • Drug/lab
    • Drug/food
  • Drug identification
    • US drugs
    • Foreign products
  • Drug indications
  • Herbal/Dietary Supplements
  • Investigational drugs
  • Medical literature retrieval
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pregnancy and lactation
  • Rational drug use
  • Therapeutic monitoring

In order to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information, the IDIS draws on multiple sources including

  • PubMed
  • International Pharmaceutical Abstracts
  • Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature
  • eFacts
  • Micromedex
  • Cochrane Library
  • LexiComp
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Pharmacist's Letter
  • Drug Interaction Facts
  • Hansten & Horn's Drug Interactions
  • Review of Natural Products
  • Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
  • Pink Sheet
  • Stat!Ref
  • MD Consult

Rocky Mountain Learning

Rocky Mountain Learning is a part of the Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health. RML utilizes 3D virtual worlds, webinars, and videoconferencing to provide quality distance education to a national audience. By combining multiple distance learning delivery methods and adapting them to meet client needs, RML is able to provide superior distance learning.

Idaho Conference on Health Care

The Idaho Conference on Health Care is an annual event offering workshops and presentations by a variety of health care experts on a range of topics associated with a central health care theme. This year's conference theme is "Caring for Idaho." The conference has been redesigned to focus on providing professional development credits for health care professionals through four distinctly separate tracks. ISU students, staff, and faculty may attend free of charge unless they wish to receive continuing education credits (CEUs) for attendance. Pre-registration by October 15 is required.

Idaho Health Sciences Library

The Idaho Health Sciences Library (IHSL) is a unit of the Eli M. Oboler Library. It was formed in 1992 in response to the Idaho State Board of Education's designation of ISU as the State's lead institution for education in the health professions. The mission of the IHSL is "to advance education, research, and patient care by providing publication-based information to the university community and Idaho health care providers." In addition to the services it provides to the university community, the IHSL provides database searches, document delivery, interlibrary loan, and journal issue table of contents delivery to three local hospitals, as well as to Idaho unaffiliated health care professionals, on a cost recovery basis.

Human Patient Simulation Laboratories

The College of Technology offers continuing education for the following Human Patient Simulation Laboratories:

  • Critical Care Transport Program
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support - ACLS
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support - PALS
  • Advanced Medical Life Support - AMLS
  • Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support - PHTLS
  • Emergency Pediatric Care - EPC
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Pre-Hospital Stroke Course
  • Stroke Center Course
  • Pediatric Airway
  • Emergency Response to Terrorism
  • Medical/Dental Office Emergencies
  • Emergency Technician Basic Workshop - EMT/Basic plus Wilderness Option
  • Basic Life Support - BLS (Instructor)
  • Basic Life Support - BLS (Healthcare Providers)

Mental Health and Counseling Professional Development Workshops

Workshops covering mental health and counseling issues for counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, teachers, and other mental healh professionals are offered by the Department of Counseling annually in Pocatello, Boise and Coeur d'Alene.

Presentations are by a variety of experts on a variety of mental health topics. Generally, the workshops are held April through October.

Each workshop has a minimal registration fee and advanced registration is required.

Participants receive a certificate of contact hours attended at the completion of each workshop. One university graduate credit is available for two-day workshops for an additional $50 fee. The graduate credit is for professional development and/or licensure purposes only, the credit does not count towards a degree.

Current topics and more information is available at the Department of Counseling web site.

Nursing Office of Professional Development

Improve your practice skills, fulfill license renewal CE requirements, broaden your knowledge base, network in structured learning communities. Our courses are accredited through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Nurses choose courses for Professional Development from a variety of delivery choices: asynchronous online self study, video/audio classes, regional workshops, structured learning support groups, and international conferences.

Nursing Office of Professional Development


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209