Arlington, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) has announced the rollout of a newly updated Community Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Certificate Program. The revised program incorporates suggestions from past participants and instructors and can now be more effectively implemented through a streamlined, practice-based format. The program features content curated and developed by experts and state-of-the-art videos, all displayed in an interactive, web-based platform.

Point-of-care testing empowers clinicians to use effective, efficient technology to improve patient health outcomes through decision making at the point-of-care. This is especially useful in the wake of a dangerous flu season, and in addressing the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Designed for community pharmacy, academia and pharmacy association staff, the certificate program will train participants to administer a range of point-of-care tests and perform a variety of important health and physical assessments.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that patients are turning more and more toward the convenience, affordability and quality healthcare services pharmacists provide,” said NACDS President & CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE. “NACDS is really pleased to offer this excellent, timely opportunity for pharmacists to expand their training and to be even more responsive to the needs of patients with this interactive and cutting-edge program.”

NACDS adapted the point-of-care program with the goal of creating a richer and even more engaging experience for learners and trainers. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education for 20 hours of Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) credit for participants who successfully complete course requirements and assessments, including 16 hours of home study and four hours of live training about disease states, physical assessments, point-of-care tests, collaborative practice models and business models.

For more information about the Point-of-Care Testing Certificate Program, please visit NACDS staff can be reached through the Contact Us () page and answers to common questions are addressed in the site’s FAQs.

Community Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Testing Certificate ACPE University Activity #0206-0000-17-012-B04-P

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Credit is only awarded for completion of the entire 20 contact hour program. Credit must be claimed within 60 days of completing the program.

Activity Type: Practice-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Expiration Date: January 2, 2021