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Certificate Program

Point-of-Care Specialist Certificate Program

  • Credit: 13 ACCENT
  • Level: Intermediate

Price: $500.00

Member Price: $250.00

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This program was developed to prepare point-of-care coordinators and POC specialists for their critical role and to promote standardized best practices. It is updated for 2014 to reflect current practices and aims to provide information useful to POCT personnel both within and outside of the United States.

Designed for working professionals, it provides a comprehensive curriculum for successful practice in the hospital, clinical, and doctor's office point-of-care testing. It is a high quality professional development program with content that will deepen and broaden the knowledge of those responsible for POC programs and validate the experience they bring to the job.

The program is composed of the eight courses listed below. Each course can be completed online in 1 - 2 hours, and contains a required reading, a lecture, reference materials and a quiz. Some include case studies, practical exercises, and recommended references. The program also has a comprehensive 50 question multiple-choice exam and additional resources for download. Communicate questions or comments using the program discussion board.

COURSES

  1. POC Regulations
    • Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to discuss regulations, accreditation, standards, and guidelines as well as their differences.
    • Speaker: Christine Cursio, MLT, BS, POCT Manager, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada

  2. POC Quality Management
    • Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to review training and competency, discuss the three parts of the testing process (preanalytical, analytical, and postanalytical), quality improvement processes, and safety considerations.
    • Speaker: Marcia Zucker, PhD, Independent Consultant, ZIVD LLC., New Jersey, USA (See Disclosures)

  3. POC Policies and Procedures
    • Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to explain the differences between policies, processes, and procedures, list guidelines on document development, document approval, and document control, and discuss the importance of standardizing procedures.
    • Speaker: Bill Hankins, Point of Care Coordinator, Danville Regional Medical Center, Virginia, USA

  4. POC Instrument Selection and Validation
    • Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to list the various classes of point of care instrumentation, discuss the principles that need to be thought of when selecting instrumentation, and explain the requirements for system validation.
    • Speaker: Marcia Zucker, PhD, Independent Consultant, ZIVD LLC., New Jersey, USA (See Disclosures)

  5. POC Connectivity and IT
    • Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to explain device and host communication, how to set up a system, the logistics involved in connectivity and how they relate to billing, the different types of interfaces, and list the newer technologies of infrared and radiofrequency wireless.
    • Speaker: Diane Davis, MT(ASCP)SH, Core Lab and POCT Manager, All Children’s Hospital, Florida, USA

  6. POC Education and Training
    • Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to discuss the need and value of designing training programs that accommodate individual differences in learning styles, discuss some educational tools, and briefly review the regulations overseeing education training and competency assessments and the importance of measuring education outcomes.
    • Speaker: Victor French, CLS Supervisor/POC, KFH Modesto Medical Center, California, USA

  7. POC Administration
    • Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to review the structure for oversight and control of point of care testing processes, define leadership, and discuss safety knowledge that should be implemented into a point of care program.
    • Speaker: LouAnn Wyer, MS, MT(ASCP), Laboratory Director, Sentara Healthcare, Virginia, USA

  8. POC Communication
    • Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to discuss the role of communication in a POC program, styles of communication and leadership, define characteristics of effective speaking and listening, and identify communication tools for point of care coordination.
    • Speaker: Sheila Coffman, MT(ASCP), Program Manager, Abbott Point-of-Care, New Jersey, USA (See Disclosures)

  9. POC Final Exam

Launch Year: 2008
Review Year: 2013
Re-launch Year: 2014
Course Number: 12423

Supported By

Developed in cooperation with the Critical and Point-of-Care Testing Division.