Point-of-Care Testing Training Resources

Point-of-care (POC) tests, such as some rapid tests for diagnosing an infectious disease, provide results within minutes of the test being administered, allowing for quick decisions about patient care. POC tests can also extend testing to communities and populations that cannot readily access care.

CDC has free training and tools to help you learn the basics about performing POC testing. The companies that make the tests and testing systems also have free training resources designed to help you use the machines you might have at your testing site.

Find links on this page to resources and training that will help you get ready to test.

CDC Educational Resources for Point of Care Testing

CDC has resources to help you understand tests called “waived tests,” a category of tests that many COVID-19 rapid antigen tests fall into. Some of our free educational and training resources include:

Visit CDC’s Waived Tests page for more information and resources.

Training Resources from Test Manufacturers for COVID-19 POC Testing

Below are links to trainings developed by manufacturers of COVID-19 testing devices. Linking to these resources does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or any of its employees of the sponsors or the information and products presented on the site.

BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Test & NAVICA™ App

The manufacturer provides additional product support through the Abbott Rapid Diagnostics Technical Services Team: 1-800-257-9525 (select option 2) between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST Monday – Friday. or by emailing ts.scr@abbott.com.

Quidel Sofia® 2

BD Veritor System for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2

Learn about the BD Veritor System for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2 and find training videos.

Lessons Learned

Below are links to lessons learned documents for COVID-19 specific antigen tests. These documents are meant to help ensure these tests are performed correctly.

BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Test
Quidel Sofia® 2
BD Veritor™ System for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2

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