Community Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Testing Certificate Program

Wednesday, February 17 from 2-6 p.m. ET (online)

Program Information

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:

  • 16 hours of home study

  • Up to 4 hours of live training - Wednesday, December 9 from 2-6 p.m. ET online

  • 15 minute skills assessment based on your availability (a few basic supplies needed)

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.

The pharmacist who completes the home-study and live components of this Point-of-Care Testing
Certificate Program should be able to:

Identify at least 3 opportunities for expanding patient-centered services in the community pharmacy
setting, using point of care

Discuss the value and limitations of patient reported symptoms, medical history, and drug allergies

Describe and perform the following physical assessments, when appropriate to patient care: Blood
Pressure, Pulse, Respiratory Rate, Oxygenation, Cervical Lymph Node Inspection, Body Temperature

Describe and perform the following specimen collections used in point of care testing: Throat
swab, Oral fluid collection, Nasal swab, Finger stick

Identify characteristics of the four exemplar infectious diseases (influenza, Group A Streptococcus,
Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis C) regarding: Causative
agents, Transmission, Immunizations, Symptoms and Presentation, Appropriate therapy, Point-of-Care

Define and contrast the following terms as they relate to point-of-care testing in community
pharmacies: CLIA, CLIA-waived, Collaborative Agreement, Protocol, Prescribe, Diagnose

Explain the value and limitations of Point-of-Care Tests, including rapid diagnostic tests, and list the
steps a pharmacist can take to improve test performance

Apply all information to patient-specific cases based on common community pharmacy-based patient

Kevin Day, PharmD, owner, President, Day’s Miami Heights Pharmacy
John Beckner, RPh, NCPA Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives

Questions? Email Bri Morris, PharmD at

ACPEThe National Association of Chain Drug Stores is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The home study portion of the updated 2018 program is approved for 16 contact hours and the live training is approved for 4 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit. Credit is only awarded for completion of the entire 20 contact hour program. Credit must be claimed within 60 days of completing the program.

Community Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Testing Certificate Program
ACPE Universal Activity #0206-0000-17-012-B04-P.
Activity Type: Practice-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Expiration Date: January 2, 2021