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There is a recognized need and opportunity for community pharmacists to improve patient access to medical care through the use of point-of-care and rapid diagnostic testing. The Community Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Testing Certificate Course, now managed by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, provides community pharmacists, student pharmacists and those in academia, industry and government with the skills necessary to develop a testing program for influenza, Group A streptococcus, HIV and hepatitis C. MPA is offering a certificate course on Aug. 25 at the Association’s Headquarters in Lansing. 

The Community Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Testing Certificate Course consists of a self-study module (12 hours of credit) and live training (eight hours of credit) and will cover information on the targeted disease states, the physical assessment of a patient presenting to a community pharmacist, point-of-care tests and the business model related to establishing a point-of-care testing service. 

Registration is available online or call the MPA office at (517) 484-1466 to register over the phone. The deadline to register is Aug. 14, 2015, so be sure to sign up soon! For additional information, please contact MPA Office Operations and Building Manager Cynthia Rowe at (517) 377-0222 or

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