Point-of-care testing is among the fastest growing disciplines within laboratory medicine and clinical diagnostics. Certification through the AACC Board of Certification documents that healthcare professionals working in point-of-care testing have proven expertise in this area and are among the top in their field. This certification is valuable for those in the clinical setting as well as industry and academia. As a Certified Point-of-Care Testing Professional, you will stand out as someone who has gone above and beyond to demonstrate proficiency in point-of-care testing.
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Who Would Benefit From Certification?
The Point-of-Care Testing Professional Certification is designed for all personnel who perform diagnostic tests outside the central laboratory, which encompasses near-patient testing, point-of-care device selection and validation, quality management, operator training, regulatory compliance, and serving as a liaison with the central laboratory. These personnel include:
- Laboratory managers
- Nursing managers
- Point-of-care coordinators
- Respiratory therapists
- Pharmacy technicians
- Nurse practitioners
- Physicians’ assistants
- In vitro diagnostic industry employees
How Do I Get Certified?
To receive the Certified Point-of-Care Testing Professional designation, applicants must successfully complete an online proctored exam and provide:
- College or university transcripts showing that the applicant has a four-year degree in a biological or physical science.
- At least two years’ experience in point-of-care testing documented through a letter from a supervisor.
- Two additional letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant’s professional qualifications. View an example letter of recommendation.
Application Deadline: Application form, application fee, and all supporting documents must be received through the online application portal by April 1, 2019, 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Submissions will be accepted starting on January 14.
Upcoming Exam Dates: The next exam period to take the Point-of-Care Testing Professional Certification exam is from May 31 to June 7, 2019. Accepted applicants will be notified in advance to select a preferred day and time to take the exam.
Applicants with education obtained at an institution outside the U.S. must, at their own expense, have their education credentials evaluated by an acceptable agency. The agency must provide a confirmation of degree status, and a breakdown of courses with credits and grade equivalents. Official documentation by the agency must be submitted directly to the AACC office, attention: CPP Certification Administrator.