Pharmacists as First Responders: Clarifying COVID-19 Testing Facts

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Testing issues have caused confusion since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. A pharmacist experienced with the COVID-19 response will discuss the details of testing, your role in getting patients tested, and opportunities for reimbursement.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the various types of tests available to detect the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus and their differences (i.e., serology, antigen, and polymerase chain reaction-based).
  2. Identify the current issues with COVID-19 tests and the tests that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  3. Discuss the role pharmacists can play in COVID-19 testing and opportunities for reimbursement.

Activity type: Knowledge-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists
Learning Level: 1

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following archived webinar is approved for 1 contact hour of CPE credit (0.1 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-21-039-H04-P

To obtain credit for Pharmacists as First Responders: Clarifying COVID-19 Testing Facts, participants will need to watch the archived webinar, complete the evaluation, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid and CPE Monitor/NABP ID account to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

Initial release date: March 13, 2021
Expiration date: March 13, 2024 - No credit granted after this date


Pharmacists as First Responders: Clarifying COVID-19 Testing Facts is an activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association. © 2021 American Pharmacists Association


Speaker disclosures will be provided at the time of the seminar, and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, visit the APhA website at

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, BA, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, Director of Content Development & Partnership at the American Pharmacists Association. 


This learning product is a component of the APhA2021 Virtual Education package.

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements in order to have a positive learning experience.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-21-039-H04-P 0.1 CEUs March 13, 2021 - March 13, 2024