Point-of-care testing empowers clinicians to use effective, fast technology to aid their decision making at the “point-of-care” to improve patient health. Community pharmacy-based point-of-care testing utilizes CLIA-waived (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments -waived) tests that offer near immediate results in non-laboratory settings. Pharmacies are increasingly offering this public health service to promote prevention, early detection, and disease management.
The NACDS Community Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Testing Certificate Program provides an opportunity to gain the skills and information necessary to develop a testing program for influenza, Group A Streptococcus, HIV, and Hepatitis C. The target audience for the certificate program is community pharmacists including students, academia, and pharmacy association staff. While the program is primarily designed for community pharmacists, non-pharmacists interested in point-of-care testing are also welcome to complete the program.
The 20-hour ACPE-accredited certificate program includes comprehensive material regarding key disease states, physical assessment, point-of-care tests, collaborative practice models, and business models through:
Students take an online assessment after each of the 12 modules of home study, in addition to a cumulative assessment (must pass 70% within three attempts), and then their proficiency to conduct physical assessments and offer point-of-care testing services is assessed in the live training. Upon successful completion of both portions of the program and all program evaluations, participants are awarded a certificate of completion and pharmacists can receive 20 hours of Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) credit.
To get started, please register for the Community Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Testing certificate through an authorized provider in your community. Once you have registered for the course, that provider will send you an enrollment code that can be redeemed above. This will give you access to course materials, including self study readings and an evaluation prior to the live portion of the course.
Schools and colleges of pharmacy across the country are incorporating the NACDS Community Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Testing Certificate Program into the PharmD curriculum. The POCT certificate program provides students with the practice-based knowledge to assess and test patients for infectious diseases – a skillset employers are increasingly seeking as they expand community pharmacy services.
NACDS' POCT certificate program is typically provided as a one credit hour elective and is proving popular among students in the pharmacy schools currently offering it. The program is turn-key: We provide a sample syllabus and administrative support to faculty through our website where the online home study for the program is housed. Costs are minimal.
Please check our "Upcoming Trainings" page for available dates and locations. Be sure to enroll in a training that combines the certificate program with a Train-the-Trainer session. If no dates and locations are convenient, a developer of the program may be available to come to your location. Additional fees, including travel and materials apply.
More information is available in our "FAQs" page, and by contacting us at Education@nacds.org.