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The Urgent Care Association represents a large and growing industry. UCA provides Certified and Accredited Urgent Care designation programs to help centers differentiate themselves and to help the industry overall establish a baseline definition for urgent care centers. Currently, certification and accreditation are not a requirement for opening in any state; however, payers are increasingly requiring certification and/or accreditation as part of their contracting process. 

(looking for an individual member or an urgent care vendor? Visit the Member Directory or Vendor Directory)


Urgent Care Centers Providing Coronavirus COVID-19 Testing

UCA has gathered testing information (self-reported by each center) in order to make it easier for patients, departments of health, telemedicine organizations, members of the media, and others to locate the nearest urgent care center providing testing during this global pandemic.

Please note - The testing provided at each center may include: Nasopharyngeal swabbing; Finger-prick blood testing for antibodies; Needle/blood tube draw for antibodies; Saliva. As this data is self-reported by each site, please call the center prior to visiting in order to confirm testing type & availability, as well as center hours. Learn more about the different types of testing including viral diagnostic tests and antibody tests in this informative blog post: Coronavirus COVID-19 Testing updates, authored by Christopher Chao, MD.

Is your urgent care center providing testing? Learn how to submit your information to be included in the database.

All UCA Accredited Urgent Care centers receive dual Accreditation and Certification.

To narrow the search of Accredited centers by scope of care (Peds, Ortho, OccMed, etc.) click both the Accredited Urgent Care and Certified Urgent Care check boxes.  You will then be able to choose the specific scope.

Certified Urgent Care vs. Accredited Urgent Care: What’s the Difference?

Certification is a designation that a center has met all the eligibility requirements of a nationally standardized definition of scope of services for urgent care.  No onsite survey is required. Instead each location is asked to send in documentation that shows it has met each of the certification urgent care criteria.


Accreditation builds on certification, assessing not only the organization’s ability to meet scope of services, but also to meet the standards of patient safety and quality.  An onsite survey is required and must be scheduled within 6 months from the time the application is processed.


The Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation Program

The Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation Program requires urgent care centers to provide evidence demonstrating their compliance with the Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship developed by the CDC. The period of Commendation is three years, and centers are required to provide evidence demonstrating ongoing compliance with the CDC's Core Elements and an assessment of quality improvement efforts to obtain repeat Commendation.







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