Point-of-care testing 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) tests that offer near immediate results in non-laboratory settings.  Pharmacists and pharmacies are increasingly offering this public health service to promote prevention, early detection, treatment and disease management.

Program note: This program is not tailored to Michigan law. In Michigan, pharmacists are exempt from laboratory testing requirements only for CLIA-waived tests that have been approved by the FDA for home use. Nothing in this program shall constitute legal advice, and pharmacists are advised to seek legal counsel prior to undertaking a point-of-care testing program in their pharmacy or entering into any collaborative practice agreements.

This course is a 20-hour ACPE-accredited certificate program which includes both self-study and live components.  The approximate 16 hours of home study materials MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE the virtual live webinar delivery date.   

During the 4-hour live webinar, you will be responsible for providing a volunteer and training supplies for the skills assessment portion, which will be performed during the live webinar.   

More details upon registration. 

2024 Dates and Locations   Click here Register! 

Jan. 31 |9 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration closes Jan. 28 

May 9 |1-4:30 p.m. Registration closes Apr. 25

Aug. 14 |9 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration closes Aug. 8

Nov 14 |1-4:30 p.m. Registration closes Nov. 7) 

Registration Rates

Member Pharmacist: $295
Non-Member Pharmacist: $495

Member Technicians: $225
Non-Member Technicians: $495

MPA Student Member: $225 

Our Faculty

Farah Jalloul, Pharm.D.
Director of Professional Development and State Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Michigan Pharmacists Association

Program Features

  • 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

Activity Description

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
  • Four 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.

Learning objectives

At the completion of this activity, the pharmacist will be able to:

  • Identify opportunities for expanding patient-centered services in pharmacy settings, using point-of-care testing and treatment.
  • 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 and cervical lymph node inspection
  • Describe and perform the following specimen collections used in point of care testing: throat swab  and nasal swab
  • Identify characteristics of exemplar infectious diseases (e.g. influenza, Group A Streptococcus, human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis C, coronaviruses) regarding: causative agents, transmission, immunizations, symptoms and presentation, appropriate treatment and point-of-care testing.
  • Define and contrast the following terms as they relate to point-of-care testing in 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 pharmacy-based patient interaction.

At the completion of this activity, the pharmacy technician will be able to:

  • Identify opportunities for expanding patient-centered services in pharmacy settings, using point-of-care testing and treatment.
  • Discuss the value and limitations of patient reported symptoms, medical history and drug allergies.
  • Describe and perform under the supervision of a pharmacist the following physical assessments, when appropriate to patient care: blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate, oxygenation and cervical lymph node inspection
  • Describe and perform the following specimen collections used in point of care testing: throat swab and nasal swab
  • Identify characteristics of exemplar infectious diseases (e.g. influenza, Group A Streptococcus, human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis C, coronaviruses) regarding: causative agents, transmission, immunizations, symptoms and presentation, and point-of-care testing.
  • Define and contrast the following terms as they relate to point-of-care testing in pharmacies: CLIA, CLIA-waived, collaborative agreement, protocol, prescribe, diagnose.
  • Explain the value and limitations of point-of-care Tests, including rapid diagnostic tests.

CPE credit: home study plus live training

This course offers 20 hours of ACPE CE (16 home study, four live training)

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 can receive 20 hours of Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) credit.

Please CLICK HERE for a detailed outline of all 12 modules.

Target Audience

This course provides pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and student pharmacists with the skills necessary to develop a testing program for influenza, Group A Streptococcus, HIV, hepatitis C and coronavirus.

ACPE accreditation info

Michigan Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The home study portion of the program is approved for 16 contact hours and the live training is approved for four 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 30 days of completing the program.

Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Test & Treat National Certificate Program

ACPE Universal Activity #0112-0000-22-200-B04-P/T
Activity Type: Practice-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in all practice settings
Release Date: Jan. 3, 2022
Expiration Date: Jan. 3, 2025
Contact Hours: 20

Cancellation policy

To cancel your enrollment, please submit a written request at least 2 weeks before the program live webinar date. A 15% administrative fee will be applied to all cancellations. Please note that if you have accessed the home-study materials via the LMS portal, a refund reduction of $125 will be applicable. If you have any inquiries about the program, feel free to reach out to the Michigan Pharmacists Association via email Michigan Pharmacists Association.

Claiming Credit

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

Successful completion of the live/virtual seminar component involves passing the final exam with a grade of 70% or higher and demonstrating proficiency in diagnostic testing techniques. Successful completion of the self-study component involves passing the self-study assessment questions with a grade of 70% or higher. Credit is only awarded for completion of the entire 20-contact hour program. Credit must be claimed within 60 days of completing the program (no exceptions). Attendance and participation are required before obtaining CPE credit. Partial credit will not be awarded.

CPE Monitor, is a national, collaborative effort by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to provide an electronic system for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed PCE credits. This system allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to log into a comprehensive electronic profile to access information about their completed CPE. All ACPE-accredited providers will be required to use this system. CPE Statements of Credit will no longer be mailed.

All continuing education credits provided by the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) will be uploaded to the CPE Monitor by Lecture Panda.  Lecture Panda is a platform that MPA utilizes to submit your CPE credits. You can access all certificate program materials – learning modules, PowerPoint slides, additional learning materials, assessments, and evaluations in this platform. As soon as you complete your evaluation and other instructions, it is validated and automatically sent to CPE Monitor for accreditation so there is no wait time to receive credit. After CPE credits are processed by ACPE and NABP, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are able to log into their NABP e-profile and view all of their completed ACPE-accredited CPE credit.

In order to process CPE credits, please provide Lecture Panda with your correct NABP e-profile ID number and your birth month and day (MMDD format).  The NABP e-profile ID number is currently a six-digit number and it is not your license number or NPI number.  If you need to verify the number or have not yet registered for one, visit MyCPEMonitor.net as soon as possible.