Point-of-Care Testing

Help get reliable testing results for prompt patient treatment
The Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) Certificate Course is designed to advance the skills, knowledge, and competencies of health care professionals who routinely perform point-of-care laboratory testing.
  • Earn a certificate to demonstrate your training and skills in point-of-care-testing
  • Gain affordable CE to maintain your professional credential with a rigorous course of study
  • Take the online training on your own schedule
  • Download the digital badge as proof that you earned the certificate
After completing this course, you should be able to quickly generate reliable patient results to aid or support diagnosis while the patient is present, so that treatment can be implemented and monitored promptly and conveniently.

Course Description
Course structure: 8 modules with multiple lessons within some modules. Each lesson has a 5-question quiz at its conclusion. Quizzes can be taken up to 4 times. The final assessment is 100 multiple-choice questions. The final assessment can only be taken once. One additional final assessment retake may be purchased for $75. Once started, the course is open for 90 days. 

CE awarded: 5 hours
Expiration date: 2 years from date of issuance
Member fee: $175
Non-member fee: $225

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Who is this course for?
To participate in AMT’s POCT Certificate Course, participants should have a basic working knowledge of medical laboratory testing. This course is designed for allied health professionals who perform, monitor, or coordinate point-of-care testing in hospitals, group practices or clinics including nurses, laboratory technicians or assistants, medical assistants, and patient care techs.

Course Objectives
By the end of this course, participants should be able to:
  • Discuss the benefits of POCT in different settings.
  • Describe regulatory requirements related to POCT.
  • Discuss CLIA regulations related to POCT.
  • Explain safety considerations.
  • Describe quality improvement processes.
  • Discuss quality issues relevant to POCT including contamination, inhibition, and sampling.
  • Interpret and implement manufacturing instructions.
  • Describe how to select instrumentation.
  • Explain the requirements for system validation.
  • Demonstrate the following: instrument verification, calibration, linearity, and range verification.
  • Describe concerns related to point-of-care connectivity, and technology.
  • Explain the leadership, educational and training needs for a POCT program.
  • Identify the processes for collecting patient specimens.
  • Locate resources relevant to POCT.

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