Point of Care Testing in Chronic Disease: A Training for Pharmacists

Point of Care Testing in Chronic Disease: A Training for Pharmacists

Now more than ever, pharmacists are at the front line of healthcare delivery, triaging patients with acute concerns and managing patients with chronic health conditions. This 4-hour training equips you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to evaluate a presenting patient, assess the need for point of care testing, and conduct appropriate tests in the pharmacy. Don’t miss the opportunity to provide 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
  • Documentation of hands-on specimen collection technique, specific to your pharmacy’s operations

The course includes 6 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 specimen 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. 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
John A Galdo, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCGP
Monica Nikseresht, PharmD Candidate 2021, Drake University
Kathryn Schott, PhD

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.
Initial Release Date: October 15, 2020
Planned Expiration Date: October 15, 2023 

Universal Activity Number (UAN): 0107-0000-20-332-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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