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: 0012-0000-21-007-B04-P
  • Contact Hours: 20.0 hours of ACPE continuing education for pharmacists (12.0 self-paced; 8 in-person)
  • Program Fees: $515.00 non-members / $255.00 APhA Members
  • Dates Available: 02/04/2021 – 02/03/2024
  • Activity Type: Practice/Certificate Program

Summary

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.

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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.

Pharmacy-based Test and Treat empowers pharmacists to perform diagnostic tests in an in-person clinical setting. This pharmacist-led service increases patients’ access to health care by allowing pharmacists to perform appropriate physical assessments and diagnostic tests and to treat patients based on a combination of physical and diagnostic test results. This on-site, pharmacist-led clinical service uses Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments-waived (CLIA-waived) laboratory tests and increases patients’ access to clinical care and treatment in addition to potentially reduce the number of patient sick days by increasing access to health care services.

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 an in-person and practical hands-on training session. Learners will be expected to demonstrate techniques for the following diagnostic tests:

  • Throat swab
  • Nasal swab
  • Finger stick testing
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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 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

Kristin Wiisanen
Department: Entrepreneurial Programs

Kristin Wiisanen Pharm.D., FAPhA, FCCP

John Gums
Department: College of Pharmacy Dean's Office

John Gums Pharm.D., FCCP

Siegfried O Schmidt
Department: MD-CHFM SPRINGHILL

Siegfried O Schmidt MD, PhD

Teresa E Roane
Department: Center for Quality Medication Management

Teresa E Roane PharmD, MBA, BCACP

Eric Rosenberg
Department: Department of Internal Medicine

Eric Rosenberg M.D., M.S.P.H., F.A.C.P.

Joshua Pullo
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Joshua Pullo Pharm.D., C.Ph.

Bradley W Van Riper
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

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

Faculty

Gary Cacciatore
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Gary Cacciatore

Anthony M Casapao
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Anthony M Casapao Pharm.D., M.P.H.

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 Pharm.D., BCPS, BCIDP

Rachel Shaddock
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Rachel Shaddock

Erin L St. Onge
Department: Orlando Campus

Erin L St. Onge Pharm.D.

Veena Venugopalan
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Veena Venugopalan Pharm.D.

Chardaè L Whitner
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Chardaè L Whitner Pharm.D.


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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.