APhA Pharmacy-Based Test and Treat Program

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APhA’s Pharmacy-based Test and Treat certificate training program is a joint program between APhA and the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. The program was developed by the University of Florida. Copyright © 2021 by the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. All rights reserved.

Program Details

  • Intended Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings
  • Universal Activity Number:
    • 0202-0000-20-179-H06-P / 0202-9999-20-179-H06-P
    • 0202-0000-20-180-L06-P / 0202-9999-20-180-L06-P
  • Contact Hours: 20.0 hours of ACPE continuing education for pharmacists (12.0 self-paced; 8 live, online seminar)
  • Program Fees: $475.00 non-members / $255.00 APhA Members
  • UAN Release Date: 02/15/2022
  • UAN Expiration Date: 02/15/2025
  • Activity Type: Practice/Certificate Program
  • Program Support: No outside financial support was provided.


The Pharmacy-based Test and Treat certificate training program is a practice-based curriculum based on national educational standards that prepares pharmacists to provide point-of-care testing (POCT) and diagnostic services for minor, nonchronic health conditions that can be managed with minimal treatment or self-care. Learners gain experience in identifying opportunities to expand patient-centered services across pharmacy settings with POCT, describing and performing appropriate physical assessments, and applying this information to patient cases. Newly added for the 2023 sessions is a complimentary module on the treatment of COVID-19 with Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir-ritonavir) to supplement your test and treat training!

This program meets the requirements outlined in Section 465.1895, Florida Statutes related to testing or screening for and treatment of minor, nonchronic health conditions. This section states that a pharmacist may test or screen for and treat minor, nonchronic health conditions within the framework of an established written protocol with a supervising physician licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459. For purposes of this section, a minor, nonchronic health condition is typically a short-term condition that is generally managed with minimal treatment or self-care.

Upcoming Live Seminars

  • Thursday, March 21st, 2024 | Live In-Person, Orlando, FL (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern)
  • Saturday, April 13th, 2024 | Zoom (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern)
  • Saturday, June 8th, 2024 | Zoom (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern)

Pharmacists will gain the skills necessary to perform physical assessments and identify appropriate testing and diagnostic procedures to treat the following health conditions:

Infectious diseases including influenza and streptococcus
Skin conditions and fungal infections including mild acne, vaginal candidiasis, and tinea infections
Minor, uncomplicated viral and bacterial infections including urinary tract infection, allergic rhinitis, and herpes zoster

This certificate training program includes a live, online seminar with a practical hands-on training session. Learners will be expected to demonstrate techniques for the following diagnostic tests:

Throat swab
Oral fluid collection
Nasal swab
Finger stick testing


Program Requirements

This program includes a 20-hours of ACPE continuing education for pharmacists. This includes the 12-hour fully online, self-paced lecture series and an 8-hour interactive live, online skill-building session. To successfully complete the program, receive the continuing education hours, and earn the certificate of achievement the learner will need to successfully meet the requirements outlined below.

  • Part 1:The first component of the certificate training program is composed of 4 modules and focuses on reviewing POCT, managing nonchronic health conditions, and implementing and entering into a test-and-treat protocol with a supervising physician. This portion of the program also includes a final assessment that requires the learner to pass with a score of at least 70%.
  • Part 2: The second component of the Pharmacy-based Test and Treat certificate training program is an active learning seminar focusing on pharmacy practice implementation of POCT and diagnostic services. The live, online training seminar is based on the experience of practitioners involved in POCT advocacy and administration. The training seminar reinforces and expands on the self-study program and addresses areas such as the pharmacist-physician relationship, writing and entering into a supervised protocol agreement, and developing a business model.

Acknowledgements and Disclosures

Advisory Board

John Gums
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

John Gums Pharm.D., FCCP

Siegfried O Schmidt

Siegfried O Schmidt MD, PhD

Teresa E Roane
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Teresa E Roane PharmD, MBA, BCACP

Eric Rosenberg
Department: Department of Internal Medicine

Eric Rosenberg MD, MSPH, FACP

Joshua Pullo
Department: Continuing Pharmacy Education

Joshua Pullo Pharm.D., C.Ph.

Bradley W Van Riper
Department: Continuing Education

Bradley W Van Riper Pharm.D.

Dr Goode

Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Jean-Venable “Kelly” R. Goode, Pharm.D., BCPS, FAPhA, FCCP


Gary Cacciatore
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Gary Cacciatore

Anthony M Casapao
Department: Jacksonville Campus

Anthony M Casapao PharmD, MPH, FIDSA

Lindsey Childs-Kean
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Lindsey Childs-Kean Pharm.D., M.P.H., BCPS

Stacey D Curtis
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Stacey D Curtis Pharm.D.

Randell E Doty
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Randell E Doty Pharm.D.

Jessica C Huston
Department: Jacksonville Campus

Jessica C Huston Pharm.D.

Barbara Santevecchi
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Barbara Santevecchi PharmD, BCIDP

Rachel Shaddock
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Rachel Shaddock

Erin L St. Onge

Erin L St. Onge Pharm.D.

Veena Venugopalan
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Veena Venugopalan Pharm.D.

Chardaè L Whitner
Department: Jacksonville Campus

Chardaè L Whitner Pharm.D.

Accommodations for Disabilities or Special Requests

Contact us a minimum of ten working days prior to the conference so that adequate consideration may be given to your request. 

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*The program was developed by the University of Florida. Copyright © 2021 by the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. All rights reserved.

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The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.