Point-of-Care Testing

Course Description
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. 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 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. Final assessment is 100 multiple-choice questions. Final assessment can only be taken once. 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
Final assessment retake: $75 (You have only one attempt to retake the final assessment. Do not purchase more than one time)


To participate in AMT’s POCT Certificate Course, participants should have a basic working knowledge of medical laboratory testing.

This course is designed for Medical Technologists (MTs), Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs), Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLAs), Registered Medical Assistants (RMAs), Patient Care Technicians (PCTs), Nurses, and other allied health professional who are or want to perform, set up, monitor, and/or coordinate point-of-care-testing in hospitals, group practices or clinics.

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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