• Get Advanced Pharmacy Technician Training with freeCE's Point of Care Specialty Certificate!
    Easily complete all PTCB-required training in our convenient & on-demand format

    freeCE offers pharmacy technicians the flexibility to complete this point of care testing training at their own pace. This 3.5-credit program is broken into 4 on-demand learner modules, and one preceptor module. Once learners pass freeCE's certificate final exam, and if you're a PTCB-certified pharmacy technician (CPhT), you'll have the option to apply for PTCB's Point of Care Testing Certificate Exam.

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    Pharmacy Technician Enhanced Training: Point-of-Care Testing is perfect for pharmacy technicians looking for fast, convenient, affordable education. In this self-paced course consisting of four on-demand lessons, technicians will learn about disease states that can be managed with point-of-care testing, CLIA-waivers and test technology, and the use of tests and interpretation of results. The Pharmacy Technician Enhanced Training: Point-of-Care Testing course provides 3.5 CEs to aid in reaching your certificate and license requirements.

    Program Description

    This 3.5-credit PTCB-Recognized training program has been built into an 4-module certificate, designed to teach pharmacy technicians how to better serve patients seeking access to affordable healthcare.

    Our unique approach to pharmacy education has made freeCE the industry standard and a favorite learning resource among pharmacy professionals. The Pharmacy Technician Enhanced Training: Point-of-Care Testing course presents how to effectively provide a hands-on approach to patients’ health and wellness through straightforward instruction.

    PLUS, when you complete their training, you can earn a Credly Badge to show off your specialized training! Digital badges provide a simple and verifiable way to notify your network about your new skillsets. Start your journey to becoming a CPhT-Adv today!

    Overview of CLIA-Waived Point-of-Care Testing Services
    In Module 1, the rationale and value behind community pharmacy-based CLIA-waived point-of-care (POC) testing services will be reviewed. The basics of offering POC testing services and managing a CLIA-waived laboratory, including training and regulatory requirements, are presented. Additionally, the roles and responsibilities of various pharmacy personnel are reviewed.

    Review of Selected Disease States
    In Module 2, instruction for collection of patient-specific data is provided. Guidance on how to collect a focused health history and physical examination are provided and explanations regarding the significance of data elements are given. Additionally, various infectious and non-infectious conditions for which community pharmacy-based disease management services utilizing CLIA-waived POC tests are reviewed. Lastly, procedures for collecting specimen via throat swab, nasal swab, oral swab, and finger stick are demonstrated.

    Overview of CLIA and Test Technologies
    In Module 3, an overview of CLIA is provided. Requirements for CLIA-waived tests and laboratories performing CLIA-waived tests are reviewed. Additionally, differentiation between home-use and CLIA-waived tests will be made. Common technologies used to support CLIA-waived testing platforms are summarized. Finally, the information included in the product insert is reviewed and explained.

    Using Tests and Interpreting Results
    In Module 4, guidance for determining the meaning of test results is provided. The significance of terms such as qualitative/quantitative, sensitivity/specificity, and positive/negative predictive value will be explained in terms of the use and application to CLIA-waived tests. Internal and external quality controls are discussed, and their significance explained. Lastly, good testing practices for CLIA-waived laboratories are summarized.

    Point-of-Care Testing Preceptor Training
    In this training, preceptors will receive a refresher on various POCT modalities and will learn how to assess the pharmacy technician’s POCT technique. IMPORTANT: This module is for the PRECEPTOR, not the technician. Instructions on how to access this module will be provided to the technician, who will need to share them with their preceptor. Videos for this module will be hosted on Vimeo for easy access. This module is not for CE credit.



    Michael E. Klepser, PharmD, FCCP, FIDP

    Dr. Klepser received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in 1992. He completed a pharmacy practice residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.

    Dr. Klepser has been a Professor of Pharmacy at Ferris State University since 2001. Prior to joining Ferris, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy (1995-2001). Dr. Klepser’s research interests include use of CLIA-waived point-of-care tests in community pharmacies and community-based antimicrobial stewardship. He has published extensively on these topics and has more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts to his credit. Dr. Klepser is a founder and content advisor for the “Community Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Testing” certificate program. He is also the Senior Director for the Collaboration to Harmonize Antimicrobial Registry Measures (CHARM) program. Dr. Klepser is active in several professional organizations including the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the American Pharmacists Association.

    Some important notes to remember regarding the Pharmacy Technician Enhanced Training: Point of Care Testing (PTETPOCT) Certificate:

    • Registration costs $69 for members, $169 for non-members.
    • Once you have completed the specialty certificate, you are eligible to claim a sharable digital badge. Learn more about badges here.
    • This program's final exam consists of 50 unique multiple-choice questions.
    • You have only three (3) attempts to pass the final exam.
    • You may not leave the final exam in the middle and return at a later time.
    • The final exam has no time limit; however, we recommend that you write the answers down in case you lose your Internet connection or get interrupted while taking the exam.
    • You will earn continuing education credit as you complete each activity, totaling 3.5 credits upon final completion
    • You will have 12 months to complete the specialty certificate before it expires from your account.
    • This specialty certificate is NOT accredited for pharmacists or nurses.


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