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ULM College of Pharmacy will host The NASPA Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Testing Certificate Program

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 -waived) 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, and disease management. 

Program Features

* Practical, hands-on training in point-of-care testing in five (5) 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


Activity Description

The NASPA 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, Hepatitis C and coronaviruses. The target audience for the certificate program is pharmacists, and student pharmacists.  


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 


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 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 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 five exemplar infectious diseases (influenza, Group A Streptococcus, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis C, Coronaviruses) 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 interaction. 


Target Audience

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


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 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 the self-study component involves passing the self-study assessment questions with a grade of 70 percent 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 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 6-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 as soon as possible. 




Michigan Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 


ACPE Universal Activity #0112-0000-21-112-B04-P/T 
Activity Type: Practice-based 
Target Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings 
Release Date: February 4, 2021 
Expiration Date: February 4, 2024 
Contact Hours: 20.0 ACPE CEUs: 2 



Jamie Massia Terrell, PharmD
Clinical Professor
School of Clinical Sciences
College of Pharmacy
University of Louisiana Monroe


Tibb F. Jacobs, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice
School of Clinical Sciences
College of Pharmacy
University of Louisiana Monroe


Program Note

This program is not tailored to Louisiana law. 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. 


Minimum System Requirements

Processor: 1GHz | Hard Drive: 32 GB | Memory (RAM): 1 GB | Sound card with speakers | Internet Access: 10 Mbps download 



This program will be offered FREE OF CHARGE to the first 75 pharmacists that register who practice pharmacy in the following Louisiana parishes: Caldwell, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Union Parishes. 


Limited space will be available for pharmacists practicing outside eligible parishes for a course fee of $350. 


Live training will be held on the campus of ULM’s College of Pharmacy 1800 Bienville Dr. | Monroe, La 71201 


Two live training dates will be available to choose from.  


* December 9th from 12pm to 4pm (registration to begin at 11:30am) 


* December 10th from 8am to 12pm (registration to begin at 7:30am) 



For more information or to register click here or contact Ashley Barbo at 318-342-7336 or 


The deadline for registering is November 19, 2021 


This project was funded by a grant from the Living Well Foundation.  

*Eligible participants must consent to complete the home study and in-person training or be subject to the full course fee. 

 “The Living Well Foundation is a public non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the health, wellness, and quality of life in northeast Louisiana. Founded in 2006, the Living Well Foundation serves the residents of Caldwell, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland and Union Parishes. For more information about the Foundation, visit”  

ULM College of Pharmacy Living Well Foundation NASPA


ULM College of Pharmacy
Bienville Building
1800 Bienville Dr
Monroe, LA 71201

7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

(318) 342-1600