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

Students working in D'Youville's compounding lab.

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 certificate program is designed for 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.

Speakers: Karen Mlodozeniec, B.S., PharmD and Victoria Belousova, PharmD, CTTS

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

  • When: Friday, August 21, 2020
  • Schedule: 3:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Location: D'Youville Academic Center (DAC), 409
  • Cost: General: $350; Preceptors: $275; Students: $100

Registration Payment

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


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 3 opportunities for expanding patient-centered services in the community pharmacy setting, using point of care
  • 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, Body Temperature
  • Describe and perform the following specimen collections used in point of care testing: Throat swab, Oral fluid collection, Nasal swab, 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, 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, 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

Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE)

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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 hours program. Credit must be claimed within 60 days of completing the program.

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For more information, please contact Dr. Rachel Gorodetsky at

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