Point-of-care test and treat empowers clinicians to use effective, fast technology to aid their decision making at the “point-of-care” to improve patient health. Pharmacy-based point-of-care testing utilizes CLIA-waived (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments -waived) tests that offer near immediate results in non-laboratory settings. Pharmacists are increasingly offering this public health service of test and treat to promote prevention, early detection, and disease management.
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- Practical, hands-on training in point-of-care testing and treatment in at least 12 disease states
- 20 credit hours of ACPE-accredited continuing education
- Unique dual home study and in-person structure
- Access to and training on the interactive, web-based education platform
- Instructor training necessary to train others on the program
The NASPA Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Test & Treat National Certificate Program provides an opportunity to gain the skills and information necessary to develop a testing program such as influenza, Group A Streptococcus, HIV, Hepatitis C, coronaviruses, and chronic diseases. The target audience for the certificate program is pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, student pharmacists, academia, and pharmacy association staff. While the program is primarily designed for pharmacists, non-pharmacists interested in point-of-care test and treat 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 and treatment, and business models through:
- 16 hours of home study
- 4 hours of live training
Participants 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/virtual 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 NASPA Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Test & Treat National Certificate Program through an authorized provider. Once you have registered for the course, that provider will send you a link that can used to access the online training platform, Lecture Panda. This will give you access to course materials, including self-study readings and an evaluation prior to the live/virtual portion of the course. Please note, this program does not meet Florida’s requirements for Test & Treat. If you are a Florida pharmacist, please refer to the NASPA/FPA Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Test & Treat Certificate Program.
Course Instruction for Student Pharmacists
Schools and colleges of pharmacy across the country are incorporating the NASPA Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Test & Treat National Certificate Program into the PharmD curriculum. The POCT&T 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 pharmacy services.
NASPA’s POCT&T certificate program is typically provided as a one credit hour elective or requirement 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.
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