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Certificate Program

Point-of-Care Specialist

  • Credit: 13 ACCENT
  • Level: Intermediate

Price: $515.00

Member Price: $265.00


This program was developed to prepare point-of-care coordinators and POC specialists for their critical role and to promote standardized best practices. It was 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 approximately 1-2 hours and contains a lecture, slides and transcripts, and a quiz. The program also has a comprehensive 50 question multiple-choice exam and additional resources for download. 

  1. POC Regulations

    Christine Cursio, MLT, BS, POCT Manager, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada
    Discusses regulations, accreditation, standards, and guidelines as well as their differences.

  2. POC Quality Management

    Marcia Zucker, PhD, Independent Consultant, ZIVD LLC., New Jersey, USA (See Disclosures)
    Reviews training and competency, discusses the three parts of the testing process (preanalytical, analytical, and postanalytical), quality improvement processes, and safety considerations.

  3. POC Policies and Procedures

    Bill Hankins, Point of Care Coordinator, Danville Regional Medical Center, Virginia, USA
    Explains the differences between policies, processes, and procedures, lists guidelines on document development, document approval, and document control, and discusses the importance of standardizing procedures.

  4. POC Instrument Selection and Validation

    Marcia Zucker, PhD
    Lists the various classes of point of care instrumentation, discusses the principles that need to be thought of when selecting instrumentation, and explains the requirements for system validation.

  5. POC Connectivity and IT

    Diane Davis, MT(ASCP)SH, Core Lab and POCT Manager, All Children’s Hospital, Florida, USA
    Explains 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 lists the newer technologies of infrared and radiofrequency wireless.

  6. POC Education and Training

    Victor French, CLS Supervisor/POC, KFH Modesto Medical Center, California, USA
    Discusses the need and value of designing training programs that accommodate individual differences in learning styles, discusses some educational tools, and briefly reviews the regulations overseeing education training and competency assessments and the importance of measuring education outcomes.

  7. POC Administration

    LouAnn Wyer, MS, MT(ASCP), Laboratory Director, Sentara Healthcare, Virginia, USA
    Reviews the structure for oversight and control of point of care testing processes, defines leadership, and discusses safety knowledge that should be implemented into a point of care program.

  8. POC Communication

    Sheila Coffman, MT(ASCP), Program Manager, Abbott Point-of-Care, New Jersey, USA (See Disclosures)
    Discusses the role of communication in a POC program, styles of communication and leadership, defines characteristics of effective speaking and listening, and identifies communication tools for point of care coordination.

  9. POC Final Exam

Program Launch Year: 2008
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