Putting the QFP into Practice Series: Pregnancy Testing and Counseling

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Resource Description: 

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Expiration Date: This activity was originally released on August 31, 2016 and is available for continuing education credit until August 30, 2018.

Pregnancy testing is a common reason for a client to visit a provider of family planning services. This eLearning course is based on Providing Quality Family Planning Services: Recommendations of CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs (QFP) and contains an overview of the recommended standards when providing quality pregnancy testing and counseling services.

This course contains key elements to include when giving clients both positive test results and negative test results using brief case scenarios. These key elements offer a framework of relevant services and/or referrals to other services to help clients who are seeking to achieve or prevent pregnancy. A discussion of options counseling may be an important service when giving clients positive test results. A brief videotaped scenario that demonstrates options counseling is provided during this course.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed specifically for nurses, counselors, health educators, medical assistants, community health workers and other members of the health care team. This course is also relevant for all staff interested in the basic elements of offering quality pregnancy testing and/or options counseling services.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the primary pregnancy testing and counseling services recommended as part of core family planning services.
  • Identify key elements of quality pregnancy testing.
  • Identify key elements of a quality pregnancy counseling encounter.
  • Discuss the options available for pregnant women.

Karen Dluhosh, MC
Project Director

Registration & Fees
This eLearning is FREE of charge. It requires a brief registration process and participants can request a Certificate of Participation at no charge upon completion of an online evaluation. A $12 fee is charged for CNE certificates.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)
Cardea Services (PA-23/Dec/18) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Washington State Nurses Association Continuing Nursing Education Approver (A-CNE), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this education activity 1.5 contact hours will be awarded.

Successful completion of this continuing education activity includes the following:

  • Completing the entire CE activity
  • Completing the online evaluation
  • Submitting an online CE request

Contact the Family Planning National Training Center for Service Delivery at 206-447-9538 or seattle@cardeaservices.org

About the Series
For many staff it can be challenging to address the range of potential health needs a client may have during a given clinic visit. With the Providing Quality Family Planning Recommendations (QFP), we now have clear and evidence-based guidance on how to:

Determine a client's needs for a range of services and their reproductive life plan

Provide counseling on contraception, pregnancy testing, achieving pregnancy and basic infertility, sexually transmitted infections, preconception health, related preventive health and referrals.

This six part series will help you put the QFP recommendations into practice.

Other related resources:

Exploring All Options: Pregnancy Counseling Without Bias


Training Tools – Explaining Contraceptive


Providing Quality Contraceptive Counseling & Education: A Toolkit for Training Staff


ZIKA – Providing Family Planning Care for Non-Pregnant Women and Men of Reproductive Age in the Context of Zika: A Toolkit for Healthcare Providers


FPNTC is supported by the Office of Population Affairs of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The information presented does not necessarily represent the views of OPA, DHHS, or FPNTC member organizations.



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