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Lab Tests: Prospectus & FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is it?
Lab Tests is a continuing education certificate program in the Canadian Pharmacists Association’s continuing professional development series. Please refer to the Course Prospectus for details on content and learning objectives.

I don’t have the authority to order lab tests and I don’t have access to patients’ lab results – how will this course help me?
Some provinces and territories have already granted the authority for pharmacists to order and access lab tests while others are considering it. Other provinces have created interprofessional databases of health information, including laboratory results, that pharmacists can access. Even if these situations are not yet realities in your own province, being skilled in interpreting and acting upon lab values will enhance your ability to manage medication therapy, especially if you are able to access lab results through your patients or their prescribers.

How is the course organized?
This  course consists of a series of topic modules, each focused on a different set of common laboratory tests. Modules have online lectures, video and case-based interactive activities, followed by a test. There are no assignments you have to submit. The final module is a summative case-based assessment.

How long does it take?
The course will take you between 12 and 13 hours to complete. You may work through the modules in sequential order at your own pace. We recommend that you complete all modules before the program's accreditation expiration date.

What materials or resources are provided?
You can download and print PDFs of all lecture slide decks, handouts and practice tools provided in the course.

What do I get when I’m done?
This modular continuing education certificate program is accredited for 12.75 CEUs by the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA), a CCCEP-approved accredited provider. To earn the Statement of Completion and CEUs for each module, participants must earn a score of 70% or more on each self-assessment quiz for that module. You will have up to three attempts at each quiz.

Module 7 is a summative module. You must complete and pass the self-assessment quiz for Modules 1 to 6  before you will be permitted to attempt the final summative self-assessment in Module 7. Earning a passing score of 70% or more on Module 7 will earn you the Continuing Education Certificate in Ordering, Monitoring and Interpreting Lab Tests.

Participants who complete and pass the entire program may state that they hold a Continuing Education Certificate in Ordering, Monitoring and Interpreting Lab Tests to Optimize Medication Management. The program certificates do not provide participants with professional certification credentials.

Is the course available in French?
Not at the present time.

How is this course affiliated with the University of Waterloo?
The Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) at the University of Waterloo (UW) currently delivers the Lab Tests course for CPhA through their online UW LEARN learning management system, and contributes ongoing maintenance, registration and technical support. However, Lab Tests is not a credit program at the University, and your performance in the course has no impact on your University of Waterloo academic record.

What are the technical system requirements?
This is a computer-based online course and operates on the UW LEARN platform. You will need:

  • A desktop or laptop/notebook computer; the course is not optimized for tablets or smartphones
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Recommended Internet browsers: Firefox, Internet Explorer 9, Safari
  • Soundcard and speakers or headphones
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash

For more information, you can run a test of your computer system.

Is this course related to ADAPT?
CPhA's ADAPT program devotes an entire week to developing skills and confidence in incorporating laboratory results into overall patient assessment and drug therapy monitoring. However, ADAPT's content does not delve into the specifics around common tests and the basics of ordering and interpreting test results; therefore, a certain level of familiarity with lab tests and their results is helpful before beginning ADAPT. This course is an excellent preparatory step for ADAPT.