Test and Treat Certification Program Details

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.

About the Program

This program includes a 20-hours of ACPE continuing education for pharmacists. This fully online, 12-hour 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.

There are three required components to completing the Test and Treat certificate training program.


Self Study, 12-hour program

The first component of the Test and Treat Certification is a a 12-hour fully online, self-paced educational program. To earn CPE credit students will need to earn a grade of 70% or more.

12-hour, Self Study

This fully online, self-paced educational program that focuses on the following areas: review of point-of-care testing, testing, treating, and managing nonchronic health conditions, and implementing and entering a test and treat protocol with a supervising physician. The 12-hour, self-paced, on-demand program is composed of the four modules listed below. The program also includes a final assessment that requires the learner to pass with a score of at least 70%.

8-hour, Online Seminar


This part of the program includes 8-hours of ACPE continuing education for pharmacists. This live, online seminar will include practical training, and upon completion of the session the learner will be expected to be able to demonstrate techniques for the following diagnostic tests: throat swab, nasal swab and finger stick testing

Learners will be required to demonstrate skills necessary to test and treat each of the minor, nonchronic health conditions through interactive completion of live lectures, patient cases and other active learning exercises. In addition, learners will gain experience in identifying opportunities for expanding patient-centered services in the community pharmacy setting with point-of care testing; describe and perform appropriate physical assessments; and apply this information to patient cases.

Seminar Agenda

7:30 - 8:00 AMCheck-in
8:00 - 8:15 AMWelcome and Introductions
8:15 - 8:30 AMCurrent Landscape
8:30 - 8:50 AMThe Pharmacist Patient Care Process
8:50 - 9:20 AMGroup A Streptococcal (GAS) Pharyngitis
9:20 - 9:50 AMInfluenza A & B
9:50 - 10:15 AMUrinary Tract Infection
10:15 - 10:30 AMBreak
10:30 AM - 12:00 PMPatient Cases
12:00 - 1:00 PMLunch
1:00 - 1:30 PMElements of a Protocol
1:30 - 2:00 PMInterprofessional Communication
2:00 - 3:00 PMEstablishing a Point-of-Care Testing Site
3:00 - 3:15 PMBreak
3:15 - 3:30 PMVital Signs and Physical Assessment Process
3:30 - 4:00 PMSpecimen Collection Process
4:00 - 4:15 PMPost-Seminar Assignment and Final Instructions/Adjournment
TBDSkills Assessment (To be completed remotely within the next 30 days)

Zoom Information

The live seminar will be made available to you via a streaming service using Zoom Video Conferencing on the date of your program. You will receive the login information for the Zoom meeting room the week prior to live seminar. Please be sure to download and test Zoom prior to the live seminar. Technical support will not be provided. See links below.

Participating in the Live Seminar

  • The APhA is requiring that all participants leave their web camera on to be able to demonstrate active participation in the program.
  • Active participation is required and a minimum of three polling questions regarding attendance will be administrated during the program.
  • Participants who do not leave their web camera on for the entirety of the program and/or who do not participate in the polling questions risk not meeting the program requirements.
  • For more information regarding the Zoom meeting and participation requirements, please see our FAQ.

Completion of the Online Assessment and Evaluation

Participants will be required to complete the Skills Training and Assessment. This assessment is the proper demonstration of the diagnostic techniques (throat swab, nasal swab, and finger stick) on a person and must be completed to pass the program and receive the certificate of completion. This must be completed after the 12-hour self study and the 8-hour live, online program. This portion of the training will be completed remotely and under the supervision of a healthcare professional who administers these procedures within his/her normal scope of practice. This healthcare professional can be someone from within your organization, a colleague or a friend. Due to the recent introduction of test and treat certifications, it is acceptable that the supervising professional is not a pharmacist. Any trained medical professional who provides these services can oversee the technique assessment. Please contact us if you want to verify if the assessor is eligible to review.

The skills assessment must be completed on a live person and this person will need to sign-off that he/she was a willing participant.  This person must be at least 18 years of age and consent to the specimen collection procedures. The person you are performing the specimen collections on does not need to be a pharmacist – only a willing participant. The assessor and willing participant cannot be the same person and must both be located in room at the same time.  The review of the specimen collection process cannot occur via a video streaming or recorded platform. It must be live and in-person.  Since there are three separate specimen collection tests you can choose to have three different “patients” and assessors (but note that it is not required to have three different “patients” and/or assessors). Specimen collection instructional videos can be found here.

After successful completion of the specimen collections, the the assessor will sign the specimen collection form, and the learner will upload the form to the APhA LMS. Once uploaded, the form will be checked for completeness and accuracy. If filled out completely and accurately, the form will be marked as “passed”, and the learner will then gain access to the final assessment and course evaluation. Learners must complete (and pass) all post-live activities (skills assessment, final assessment, and course evaluation) for their training be considered complete and CE credit to be awarded.

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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.