Point of Care Testing for Pharmacists

Point of Care Testing for Pharmacists

Now more than ever, pharmacists are at the front line of healthcare delivery, triaging and managing patients with acute and chronic conditions. This 8-hour advanced certificate equips you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to evaluate for, assess, and perform point of care tests in the pharmacy. Don’t miss the opportunity to provide the testing services your patients need.

Be prepared by taking this course that includes:

  • Pros and cons of testing in the pharmacy
  • Compliance checklist, including how to obtain a CLIA waiver 
  • Procedures for PPE, specimen collecting, and devices to use
  • How to conduct tests for diabetes and hyperlipidemia
  • When and how to administer tests for COVID-19, Influenza, HIV, Hepatitis C, and Group A Strep
  • Documentation of hands-on specimen collection technique, specific to your pharmacy’s operations

The course includes 13 lessons. Upon completion of the full course, pharmacists should be able to:
1. Describe current trends in pharmacy practice and point of care testing (POCT)
2. List the pros/cons of implementing point of care testing
3. Identify the role pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can play in providing point of care testing services
4. Describe the process to obtain a clinical laboratory improvement amendment (CLIA) waiver license
5. List appropriate follow-up actions needed after conducting point of care testing (both internal and external)
6. Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Self-Assessment Checklist for Good Testing Practice
7. Find CLIA resources and locate forms to assist in standardizing the point of care testing process
8. Review personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements for various POCTs
9. Collect specimens for diagnostic testing through nasal, throat, or blood routes
10. Evaluate patient characteristics to identify individuals at risk for diabetes and/or hyperlipidemia or who might benefit from a wellness screening
11. Compare and contrast the devices needed to administer an appropriate point of care test to assess and/or monitor chronic medical conditions
12. Conduct a point of care test for an individual who has an indication for a chronic medical condition
13. Evaluate patient characteristics to identify individuals at risk for infectious disease, including HIV, Hepatitis C, Group A Streptococcus, Influenza, and COVID-19
14. Compare and contrast the devices needed to administer an appropriate point of care test for infectious disease
15. Conduct an appropriate point of care test for an individual who has an indication to be screened for an infectious disease
16. Interpret results after conducting a point of care test

Brett Barker, PharmD
Anthony J. Bolus, PharmD, RPh
Julie Breuer, PharmD Candidate, University of Iowa
Patrick Devereux, PharmD, RPh
Alex Evans, PharmD, MBA
Michele Fountain, PharmD
John A Galdo, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCGP
David Hachey, PharmD, AAHIVP
Monica Nikseresht, PharmD Candidate 2021, Drake University
Alexis Page, PharmD
Kathryn Schott, PhD
Elizabeth Skoy, PharmD, RPh

All faculty report no actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this continuing pharmacy education course.

This course was partially funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Roche Diagnostics Corporation.

Course fee includes course, course materials, and CPE credit submission to CPE Monitor.
Course is non-refundable.
Initial Release Date: July 23, 2021
Planned Expiration Date: July 23, 2024

Universal Activity Number (UAN): 0107-0000-21-260-H04-P
Application-based CPE Activity

CEImpact is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Obtain CPE credit by completing the course, followed by the exam and evaluation (if applicable). Once successfully completed, your course will appear in your Completed Courses tab. Access your CPE statement of credit at www.MyCPEMonitor.net.

¹CEImpact provides you with two (2) opportunities to complete the exam. The learner will not receive CPE credit after two failed attempts.

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