NACDS Community Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Testing Certificate Course - July 30, 2019

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

July 30
Tue July 30,2019 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

MPA is hosting an NACDS Community Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Testing Certificate Program on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the MPA Headquarters, located at 408 Kalamazoo Plaza, Lansing, MI 48933.

This continuing education program is designed specifically for community pharmacy, academia and pharmacy association staff. It will offer four hours of live continuing education credit as well as 16 hours of home study credit.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Schweitzer, MPA education planning assistant, at (517) 377-0225 or


To register, please select the appropriate registration type from the registration box located to the right and follow the prompts. Or, print our printable registration form and return to MPA Education Planning Assistant Andrea Schweitzer via email at or fax to MPA at (517) 484-4893. Registration closes July 16.

Registration Rates

Pharmacist Member $450
Pharmacist Non-Member $625
Student Member $275
Student Non-Member $350

Intended Audience

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.

Certificate Course Description

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

· 4 hours of live training


Students take an online assessment after each of the 12 modules of home study, in addition to a cumulative assessment (must pass with a score of 70% or greater 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. 


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Learning Objectives

 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 three opportunities for expanding patient-centered services in the community pharmacy setting, using point of care testing.

·     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 and body temperature.

·     Describe and perform the following specimen collections used in point-of-care testing: throat swab, oral fluid collection, nasal swab and 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 and point-of-care testing.

·     Define and contrast the following terms as they relate to point-of-care testing in community pharmacies: CLIA, CLIA-waived, collaborative agreement, protocol, prescribe and 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 interactions.


7:30-8 a.m. – Registration


8-8:05 a.m. – Welcome and Introduction


8:05-8:20 a.m. – Use of Point-of-Care (POC) Tests by Pharmacists


8:20-9:30 a.m. – Physical Assessment and Competency


9:30-10:45 a.m. – Specimen Collection and Competency


10:45-11 a.m. – Test Selection


11- 11:20 a.m. – Best Practices for Developing Collaborative Disease Management Programs


11:20-12 p.m. – POCT Cases and Competency Assessment


12 p.m. – Adjourn


Michael Klepser, Pharm.D., professor, Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, Kalamazoo, Mich.

PCE Credit Statement

Program Information

The 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.


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


Claiming Credit

Continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit will be awarded for the certificate training course only. This is a practice-based activity and is primarily constructed to instill, expand or enhance practice competencies through the systematic achievement of specified knowledge, skills, attitudes and perfomance behaviors.

Successful completion of the live seminar component involves passing the final exam with a grade of 70 percent or higher and demonstrating proficiency in diagnostic testing techniques. Successful completion of this component will result in 4.0 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit. Successful completion of the self-study component involves passing the self-study assessment questions with a grade of 70 percent or higher and will result in 16.0 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education. Attendance and participation are required before obtaining CPE credit. Partial credit will not be awarded.


CPE Monitor, a national, collaborative effort by ACPE and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to provide an electronic system for pharmacists to track their completed PCE credits, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2013. NACDS, as an ACPE-accredited provider, is required to report pharmacist CPE credit using this new tracking system. Pharmacist participants must provide their NABP e-Profile identification number and date of birth (in MMDD format) when they register for a CPE activity. It will be the responsibility of the pharmacist to provide the correct information (i.e., e-Profile identification number and date of birth in MMDD format). If this information is not provided, NABP and ACPE prohibit NACDS from issuing CPE credit. Online access to their inventory of completed credits will allow pharmacists to easily monitor their compliance with CPE requirements and print statements of credit. Therefore, NACDS will not provide printed statements of credit to pharmacists. If you have not signed up for CPE Monitor, please go to

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Refunds (minus a $50 administrative fee) will be granted for cancellations received in writing prior to July 16, 2019. An administrative fee equal to the amount of the full registration rate will be assessed for any enrollment code that has been redeemed. Refunds will not be granted to no-shows and cancellations received after July 16, 2019. Requests for refunds due to inclement weather will not be honored.