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Point-of-Care Testing Certificate

Showcase your advanced knowledge in the safe and accurate use, collection, and reporting of various point-of-care tests performed in the pharmacy.


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Technicians who earn the Point-of-Care Testing Certificate demonstrate their ability to take on point-of-care testing responsibilities in the pharmacy. With nearly all of the US population living within 5 miles of a pharmacy, conducting point-of-care testing at these locations is an essential component of public health and community safety—and one in which pharmacy technicians in many states play a vital role.

Earn the Point-of-Care Testing Certificate to demonstrate your competency in:

  • Conducting point-of-care tests, including carefully screening patients, administering tests, collecting specimens, and reading and recording test results
  • Knowledge of CLIA-waived point-of-care tests
  • Understanding of the safe and accurate processes involved with point-of-care testing







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Eligibility Requirements

A candidate must hold an active PTCB CPhT Certification and complete a PTCB-Recognized Point-of-Care Testing Education/Training Program.

View a list of PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Programs for the Point-of-Care Testing Certificate.

Please note that additional PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Programs for Point-of-Care Testing will be added to the list as they become available.


A Step Toward Your Advanced CPhT (CPhT-Adv) 

Earning your Point-of-Care Testing Certificate takes you one step closer to becoming a PTCB Advanced Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT-Adv). Active PTCB CPhTs who have completed at least four of the certificate programs (must include TPV or Medication History), or three certificate programs and the Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT) Certification, and 3 years of work experience will be eligible to earn a CPhT-Adv credential.


Exam Fee

The cost to apply for the Point-of-Care Testing Certificate is $89.

Being an early applicant means you’ll save money! Save $30 for the first 3 months and pay $59 when you apply by January 12, 2022!

How to Apply and Schedule

  1. Log into your PTCB Account.
  2. Visit PTCB’s Credential Center (within your PTCB Account) and apply.
  3. Once your application is approved, you will receive an email with your authorization to schedule your exam.

The Point-of-Care Testing Certificate Exam is administered year‐round at more than 1,400 Pearson Professional Centers nationwide, including more than 100 military on-base sites.


Prepare for Your Exam

Be sure to review the content outline as part of your exam preparation.

Safety and Precautions (16%)
Roles of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in POC testing
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard and related safety considerations
Biohazard waste handling and disposal
Personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to protect patients and those administering tests
Need for and methods to confirm patient identity
Diseases and Specimens (34%)
Basic anatomical and physiological terms related to tests
Common specimen types (e.g., whole blood, saliva) and their location on/in the body
Signs, symptoms, and characteristics of common chronic disease states (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia) where POCT may be relevant
Signs, symptoms, and characteristics of common acute infections where POCT may be relevant
Collecting a focused health history (e.g., acute symptoms [e.g., CENTOR score], medication allergies, signs of disease [e.g., swelling, bruising])
CLIA-waived Tests (30%)
Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988 as it pertains to POC tests
CLIA waiver process, CLIA Certificate of Compliance, and CLIA Certificate of Accreditation
Devices and technology used in common POC tests
Conditions and uses for common tests (e.g., Prothrombin time [PT], Influenza, Streptococcus, A1C, HIV, Hepatitis C, COVID-19, glucose, cholesterol)
Understanding and following manufacturer instructions for tests
Test Results, QC, and Recording (20%)
Qualitative and quantitative test results and their characteristics and related concepts (e.g., time since exposure, terms “false positive” and “false negative”)
Requirements and best practices in recording results
Identifying invalid or anomalous results
Labeling and documentation requirements for patient samples
QC testing methods (i.e., external, internal) and when they should be used


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About the Exam

The Point-of-Care Testing Certificate Exam is a computer-based exam with 62 multiple-choice questions. Be prepared to commit 1 hour and 30 minutes for the exam (5-minute tutorial, 1 hour and 20-minute exam, and 5-minute post-exam survey).


Exam Day Requirements

Arrive at the designated Pearson VUE test center 30 minutes before your appointment. Bring an approved form of identification that matches your name as it appears on your PTCB Account. You will not be allowed to take the exam without proper identification. Be sure to review more detail about what to expect and what is required in the Candidate Guidebook. 


Testing Accommodations

Candidates who require testing accommodations must request these accommodations during the application process. Accommodations that are reasonable and consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be provided by PTCB at no additional cost to candidates. Candidates who need to bring medical equipment into the testing room need to request an accommodation if the item is not on the list of allowed items.



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Exams will be scored in the coming months and only those who achieve a passing score, and fulfill the other program requirements, will earn the Point-of-Care Testing Certificate. Exam results will be available 3 to 4 months following the launch of this certificate program. Because the Point-of-Care Testing Certificate Program is new, scoring will be delayed. PTCB will apply the same rigorous process to determine the passing score for the Point-of-Care Testing Certificate Exam after multiple candidates have tested. 


Digital Badges

Upon earning your credential, you will receive an email invitation from the Credly Platform via with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.

This digital badge will contain information describing your credential, including how you earned it. You can display the badge in your email signature, electronic files of a resume, and on social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.



Once your official score is available, you can download your certificate through the Credly Platform. Learn more.


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This certificate program does not require renewal.


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Quick access to additional documents you may need during your PTCB Point-of-Care Testing Certificate process. Download the necessary documents and submit the completed forms as required.

  1. Testing Accommodations Form