Available On-Demand

Point-of-care testing (POCT) is growing in popularity as a means of improving test result turnaround times for patients. This webinar will review the latest recommendations and clinical scenarios in which rapid diagnosis of pregnancy is needed. Plus, the benefits and limitations of POCT will be explored.

  • When should POCT hCG testing be considered in place of laboratory hCG?
  • What are the benefits of quantitative hCG testing compared with qualitative hCG POCT?
  • Are qualitative POC hCG devices susceptible to the hook effect?

Key learning objectives

  • Describe the best practices for the use of POCT hCG pregnancy tests
  • Explain the advantages and limitations of POCT hCG tests

Who should attend

Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, POC Coordinators, Clinicians, Laboratory Technicians/ Technologists, Healthcare Professionals

Accreditation Statement

SelectScience is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program

Attendees of this one-hour webinar are also entitled to 1.0 ACCENT Continuing Education Credits from the AACC.

Dora Wells

Dora Wells

Editorial Team


Dora studied biomedical science at the University of Manchester, UK, and as a member of the editorial team, plays an integral role in helping to shape the content on SelectScience.
James H. Nichols, PhD, DABCC, FAACC

James H. Nichols, PhD, DABCC, FAACC

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Medical Director, Clinical Chemistry and Point-of-Care Testing

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Dr. Nichols received his B.A. in General Biology/Premedicine from Revelle College, University of California at San Diego. He went on to complete a Masters and Doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Nichols was a fellow in the Postdoctoral Training Program in Clinical Chemistry at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He is board certified in both Clinical Chemistry and Toxicological Chemistry by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.

Dr. Nichols spent several years as Associate Director of Clinical Chemistry, Director of Point-of-Care Testing, and an Associate Professor of Pathology at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He later served as Medical Director of Clinical Chemistry for Baystate Health in Springfield, MA and was a Professor of Pathology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Nichols’ research interests span evidence-based medicine, information management, laboratory automation, point-of-care testing, and toxicology.


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