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Initial Test and Treat Certification

Practice at the Top of Your License: Transform How Your Practice Pharmacy

NSU's Barry and Judy Silverman College of Pharmacy

Live, via Zoom

Initial Test and Treat Certification*

Sunday, 15 October, 2023

*This program has been approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy to meet the requirements for Pharmacists Test and Treat Certification (FS §465.1895) to be eligible for Provider Approval by the Board of Pharmacy.



This NSU CPE activity offers additional special content to help you engage in Test and Treat Practices using protocols with Primary Care Clinicians:

  1. Presentations from pharmacists who have extensive engagement in these protocol-based activities.
  2. Physician discussing what information they want from pharmacists.
  3. Active learning patient cases used to help you practice your skills.

This program has three distinct components:

  1. Self-study modules and self-assessment, which must be completed no later than one day before the live training workshop.
  2. Live Virtual Seminar (~8 hours) conducted via Zoom on your selected day; attendance required
  3. Post-workshop assessment and program evaluation.

It is very important to review all of the program information on the program website, which lists your responsibilities prior to enrolling in this course.

Live (via Zoom) Workshop Agenda (starts ~8:30 a.m.; ends ~5:15 p.m.)

  • Check-in
  • Welcome, Introductions, and Acknowledgements
  • What Physicians Want from a Protocol with Pharmacists?
  • Patient Assessment and Point-Of-Care Testing Review
  • Testing (screening), Treating, and Managing Minor, Nonchronic Health Condition
  • Lunch break
  • Testing, Treating, and Managing (continued)
  • Nuts and Bolts of Establishing a Physician-Supervised Protocol Arrangement
  • Crafting Business and Marketing Plans
  • Making Protocols Work
  • Wrap-Up / What’s Next? / Adjourn

A more detailed agenda will be furnished after registration.

Registration Information
Please access the following Website to register:

Fees and Refund Information
  • $495 - Pharmacist
  • $475 - NSU Registered Preceptor
  • $295 - Graduate Intern/Resident
  • $150 - Student Pharmacist
  • $795 - Taken in combination with the Initial Collaborative Practices Certification
Once you pay the registration fee, course enrollment information will generally be sent to you within 24 to 36 hours to the email address found on the registration form. Please follow the instructions on the enrollment information document to access the Test and Treat activity in Google Classroom©  Learning Management System.

A refund may be requested before you access the Google Classroom©. If requested, your registration fee minus a $75 administrative fee will be credited to the card used to enroll.

There will be no refund (partial or otherwise) once you have accessed the course content, or once the workshop starts.

Please be advised that this program is subject to postponement if the required minimum number of registrants is not met at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date. If class is cancelled, we will automatically transfer your registration fee to the next activity offering.

Who should attend (target audience):

Pharmacists, in a community, ambulatory care, health-system, or other practice setting who are interested in working in a collaborative relationship with a physician. This Initial Test and Treat Course is specifically designed to meet the Florida Board of Pharmacy requirements for pharmacist treatment of nonchronic conditions certification as outlined in FS §465.1895.

For more information contact:
Carsten Evans at
Accreditation Information

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

CE Broker

The home-study portion of this certificate training program is approved for 12 contact hours (1.2 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN: 0092-0000-21-402-H01-P). The live, via Zoom, training workshop is approved for 8 contact hours (0.8 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN: 0092-0000-21-403-L01-P).

To obtain full credit for the Initial Test and Treat Certification, registrants must complete the home study activities, complete and pass the self-study assessment with a grade of 70% or better, attend the entire live workshop, perform satisfactorily on the skills assessment at the end, complete the activity evaluations, and claim CPE credit (using the correct NABP eProfile Number, birthdate, and Florida pharmacist license number). Participants must claim credit once each component is completed. Once credit has been claimed, transcripts of the earned CPE credits will be available online on both the Learner’s CE Broker and CPE Monitor profiles as soon as these organizations post them. The Certificate of Achievement will be available online upon successful completion of all the necessary activity requirements online.

There will be two opportunities to complete each of the two assessments successfully. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit either assessment a third time. All assessment questions are randomized.

Activity Type: Practice-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings

Learning Level: Level 3

Home Study Initial Release Date: 14 November 2021

NSU’s Initial Test and Treat Certification training program (1st Edition), was developed by Nova Southeastern University. Copyright ©2022 by NSU COP.


Information in this message is correct at the time of distribution. Any needed alterations to the program or schedule will be made to the materials distributed during the workshop.

Policy of Non-Discrimination

Nova Southeastern University admits students of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying disability, religion, or creed, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school and does not discriminate in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Faculty (for online home study and live workshop)

Goar Alvarez, Pharm.D.
Assistant Dean, Pharmacy Services
NSU's Barry and Judy Silverman College of Pharmacy

Luigi Cubeddu, MD, MS, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
NSU's Barry and Judy Silverman College of Pharmacy

Tricia Gangoo-Dookhan, BSPharm, Pharm.D., CPh
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
NSU's Barry and Judy Silverman College of Pharmacy

Robert McGory, Pharm.D.
Associate Dean, Professional Program
NSU's Barry and Judy Silverman College of Pharmacy

Mamta Pansuria, Pharm.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
NSU's Barry and Judy Silverman College of Pharmacy

Erika Zwachte, Pharm.D., CPh
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
NSU's Barry and Judy Silverman College of Pharmacy

Activity Goals and Learning Objectives

NSU’s Initial Test and Treat Certificate Program has the primary goal preparing Florida pharmacists to test (or screen) and treat non-chronic, minor health conditions in their patients within the context of a written protocol established with a physician in accordance with Florida Statutes. The program, which emphasizes a collaborative healthcare team approach, seeks to foster the implementation of interventions using best practice guidelines to test or screen for and treat for minor, nonchronic health conditions, including, but not limited to:

  1. Influenza
  2. Streptococcus
  3. Lice
  4. Skin conditions, such as ringworm and athlete's foot, and
  5. Minor, uncomplicated infections

Testing (screening), Treating, and Managing Minor, Nonchronic Health Conditions

In the online, home-study portion, the learners will be guided through a series of five self-paced modules consisting of recorded presentations, demonstrations of POC testing techniques, basic patient screening (patient assessment), nonchronic disease management guidelines, and other documents using NSU’s Canvas Learning Management System.

Upon completion of these activities, the participant should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of patient screening procedures used to collect relevant data
  • Collect sufficient subjective and objective data from the patient or patient’s caregiver
  • Demonstrate the following specimen collection methods used in POC testing: finger stick, throat swab, oral fluid collection, and nasal swab
  • Initiate patient screening protocol and identify, order, and perform appropriate testing (POC and clinical laboratory) and diagnostic procedures to assess, treat, and manage the minor, nonchronic health conditions included in your protocol
  • Communicate the care plan to the patient and supervising physician
  • Document patient’s subjective and objective data, treatment, and management plan into their chart
  • Coordinate the care plan according to the protocol establish with the supervising physician
  • Employ prevention approaches, including updating the vaccine record and early screening for diseases
  • Immunize against vaccine-preventable diseases

Nuts and Bolts of Establishing a Physician-Supervised Protocol Arrangement

Upon completion of these activities, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the laws and rules applicable to test and treat certifications
  • Describe the enrollment process for becoming a CLIA-waved testing site
  • Detail the criteria for writing and entering into a supervised protocol agreement between a pharmacist and a physician
  • Explain the formulary of drugs that can be used in a Test and Treat Protocol
  • Discuss potential barriers to implementing a Test and Treat Protocol
  • Describe the key components of a Test and Treat Protocol
  • Construct an example written protocol that you would enter into, including, but not limited to:
    • Which patients may be screened and treated
    • Instructions for obtaining a patient’s medical history
    • Instructions for treatment, and
    • The process and schedule for the pharmacist to provide patient information to the supervising physician and the supervising physician to review the pharmacist’s actions under the protocol

Crafting Business and Marketing Plans

  • Detail the requirements for a pharmacist to become involve in a Test and Treat protocol as outlined by FS §465
  • Discuss successful models of a pharmacy-based Test and Treat models
  • Identify the major components of a business plan
  • Prepare a model business plan outline for your Test and Treat practice
  • Identify your competitive and strategic advantages
  • Outline marketing strategies for your Test and Treat practice


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