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

General Questions

Who is the target audience for the Certificate Program?

The target audience for the certificate program is community pharmacy, 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.

How many hours is the Certificate Program?

The 2018 updated certificate program is accredited for 20 hours of continuing education – 16 hours of home study and 4 hours of live training. 20 hours of continuing education credits is equivalent to 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Partial credit is not awarded for this program; all 20 contact hours must be completed to receive the full 20 hours of continuing pharmacy education.

Where do I sign up to take the Certificate Program?

While NACDS administers the program, registered providers typically offer the individual sessions. When a registered provider’s session is open to the public, NACDS lists the session on the "Upcoming Trainings" page with a link to registration. Participants sign up directly through the registered provider, not through NACDS.

How much does the Certificate Program cost?

NACDS does not set a price for the certificate program. Participants sign up for the course through registered providers that set their own cost per participant.

Who teaches the live session for the Certificate Program?

Only instructors who have completed NACDS’ train-the-trainer program, in addition to the certificate program, are permitted to teach the live session. Instructors typically have backgrounds in community pharmacy, academia, or pharmacy associations.

What is the history of the Certificate Program?

In November 2014, NACDS acquired the certificate program from the Michigan Pharmacists Association. As the steward of the program, NACDS aims to provide a national platform for training and expansion of point-of-care testing in community pharmacies. Initially, the certificate program was developed by 8 individuals from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, and the Michigan Pharmacists Association. Click on "Developer Bios" to learn more about them.

Who vets the content for the Certificate Program?

NACDS convenes a physician advisory committee as well as the original developers to review content and programmatic changes to the certificate program. If you have comments regarding content, please submit feedback via the "Contact Us" tab.

2018 Program Updates

What has been updated in the 2018 revised Certificate Program?

The new version of the program addresses participant and instructor feedback, and includes eased implementation via a streamlined, practice-based live session; current content crafted by experts; and professionally produced videos, all provided through an interactive, web-based platform. While the overall accreditation hour allotment for the program is unchanged at 20 hours – the home study of the updated program has been increased from the original 12 hours of content to 16 hours of content, and the live training has been streamlined from 8 hours to 4 hours. 

If I have completed the certificate program prior to the January 2018 update, will I be required to complete the newly updated program?

No. Those who have completed the program prior to the January 2018 update will still hold valid certificates of completion for this program.

Participant Questions

How can I access the learning product?

Contact the registered provider for the specific session you signed up to attend. The registered provider is responsible for providing their session participants with an enrollment code that will unlock access to the learning product on this website.

Who do I contact if I am having technical difficulties with the website in general or accessing the learning product?

Please contact your session trainer for additional assistance. Session trainers should be able to troubleshoot some issues, or request assistance from NACDS if necessary through the contact page.

What needs to be completed before attending the live session?

Please complete Modules 1-12 with corresponding assessments, in addition to the cumulative assessment before attending the live session. This home study material will prepare you for the live session.

After I attend the live session, what are the next steps?

At the conclusion of the live session, your instructor will provide an attendance code. You must log back into this website, complete program evaluations, and enter the attendance code when prompted. Once this piece is complete, a toolkit will be unlocked for your reference and your certificate will be generated. Additionally, if you are a pharmacist receiving CE credit, your information will automatically be sent to CPEMonitor for processing.

How can I get a copy of my certificate?

Upon successful completion of all modules in the learning product, and the input of your live session attendance code, an electronic PDF of your certificate will be automatically generated. This document can be accessed through your profile. NACDS does not print/mail hard copies of certificates. Please be aware that you have 60 days from the date of completion of the live session to input your attendance code. NACDS does not have the ability to override the system for late filers. 

How do I know my CPE credit has been processed?

You are responsible for logging into CPEMonitor to ensure credit has been posted after successful completion of the course. Upon successful completion of all modules of the learning product and the live training, the NACDS system automatically sends your information along to CPEMonitor. To learn more about how to claim credit, please click on the "CE Info" page.

Will I have access to this learning product after successful completion of the course?

Yes, you will have access to all course material for ten years. Upon successful completion of all modules, a toolkit unlocks at the end of the course. As new information and material is released, this toolkit will be updated with relevant resources. We hope you will continue to access these materials to refresh your knowledge base and skills.

Can I receive partial credit for the program if I do not complete all 20 hours?

Partial credit cannot be awarded by NACDS. Only those who successfully complete the entire 20-hour course are eligible for credit through ACPE.

Does NACDS offer a partial or full refund for a Community Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Testing Certificate or Train-the-Trainer course?

Unfortunately, NACDS is not able to provide any partial or full refunds.  NACDS hosts the Point-of-Care Testing Certificate and Train-the-Trainer Programs through registered providers.  The registered provider sets the price and collects the registration fees. Consequently, any disputes regarding a cancellation for the program and seeking a refund of the registration fee must be handled directly through the registered provider. 

Continuing Education

How do I get continuing education credit for the Certificate Program?

Pharmacists can receive 20 hours of Continuing Pharmacist Education (CPE) credit if they successfully complete the entire course and pass all assessments. As an ACPE-accredited provider, NACDS submits CPE credit electronically through CPE Monitor. To learn more about how to claim credit, please click on "CE Info."

Can other health professionals receive CE credit for participation in the course?

NACDS is only accredited by ACPE to provide continuing education credit for pharmacists. This course is specifically designed with pharmacists in mind and credit is not available for other health professionals through NACDS.

How is my credit submitted to CE Broker if I have a Florida pharmacists license?

Please submit your name, email, FL pharmacists license number, and date you took the training to our Contact Us page. NACDS submits this information directly to CE Broker for Florida pharmacists. 

Hosting a Session

How can my organization host a session?

Click on the “host a session” tab on this website and fill out the required form. NACDS staff will contact you directly with next steps such as completing a registered provider agreement and confirming the logistics for a session. As a registered provider, your organization is responsible for all on-site logistics of the session, while NACDS offers website support for participants to access the learning product and receive continuing education credit. For more information about registered provider responsibilities and requirements regarding hosting sessions, please contact us.

How do I become a POCT trainer?

To become a POCT trainer, you must complete both the 20-hour certificate program and the Train-the-Trainer course. Once you are a session trainer, you may offer the course through an organization that has an active registered provider agreement in place with NACDS.


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