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Sterile Compounding Training at Ashworth

Ashworth College's online Sterile Compounding training will help you learn the vital information you need to safely and accurately prepare compounded sterile products within an institutional setting. Your Sterile Compounding Training courses include the most up-to-date information on USP and FDA regulations, compounding supplies, common calculations and abbreviations, quality control measures, and safety guidelines. You'll also learn about the proper procedures for aseptic technique, including personal garbing, gloving, and cleanliness procedures.

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Certificate Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Allied Health Careers  

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2: Introduction to Sterile Compounding

Sterile Compounding as a Pharmacy Technician  

Introduction to the United States Pharmacopeia's (USP's) General Chapter Pharmaceutical Compounding—Sterile Preparations <797>; compounding in a hospital setting; certification for technicians; process validation and related checklists; sterile compounding environment and equipment.

Sterile Compounding Supplies, Medication Orders, and Labeling  

Types and components of syringes and needles; glass bottles and plastic bags for large- and small-volume parenteral solutions; ampules and vials; administration sets and pumps; depth and screen filters; common terms and abbreviations found on medication orders; CSP labeling requirements.

Calculations for Sterile Compounding  

Apothecary, household, and avoirdupois systems of measurement; metric system and common metric conversions; decimals and percents; ratio and proportion; dimensional analysis; alligation.

Quality Control  

USP and FDA quality concerns and measures; USP Chapter <797> requirements; CSP personnel requirements; CSP risk levels; personal protective equipment for hazardous drugs; environmental controls, testing, and cleaning procedures; personnel garbing, training, and competency testing; finished preparation release checks and tests; quality assurance for CSPs.

Lesson Group 3: Compounding Sterile Preparations, Part 1

Aseptic Garbing, Hand Washing, and Gloving  

Garbing procedures and sequencing; transient and resident microorganisms; proper hand-washing procedures; disinfecting and donning gloves; assessment of hand hygiene, garbing, and gloving technique.

Cleaning the Horizontal Laminar Airflow Hood  

Laminar versus turbulent airflow; horizontal and vertical flow hoods; cleaning schedules, solutions, and steps.

Large-Volume Parenteral Preparations  

Characteristics of LVPs; packaging materials and requirements; common uses of LVP solutions; common solutions and their abbreviations; LVP administration.

Small-Volume Parenteral Preparations  

History of antibiotic development; characteristics and types of SVPs; single-dose versus multi-dose vials; intravenous piggybacks; antibiotic powders for injection.

Lesson Group 4: Compounding Sterile Preparations, Part 2

Ampule-Based Preparations  

Glass ampule characteristics, handling, and cleaning; filter needle characteristics and usage requirements; filter straw characteristics and purposes; disc filter uses; preparation and contraindications of ampule-based solutions.

Narcotic Preparations  

History of narcotic development; the beginnings of narcotic addiction and regulation; the Controlled Substances Act and related drug classes/schedules; institutional storage and inventory of narcotics.

Pediatric Preparations  

Early pediatric therapies; the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; the FDA concept of pediatric exclusivity; pediatric versus adult therapies; physiological differences between children and adults; neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and pediatric intensive care units (PICUs).

Total Parenteral Nutrition  

History of and indications for TPN; patient feasibility; preparation and administration; manual and automated compounding; home parenteral nutrition usage and risks.

Chemotherapy Products and Procedures  

History of cancer treatment; development of surgical therapy, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy; five categories of chemotherapy drugs; immunotherapy; storage and handling of hazardous drugs; use of personal protective equipment, biological safety cabinets, and compounding aseptic containment isolators.

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Why Choose Ashworth College for your Sterile Compounding Training Online?

  • Ashworth College's online Sterile Compounding training is one of the most affordable and convenient programs available on pharmaceutical compounding and aseptic technique.
  • Your Sterile Compounding Training program provides complete training in aseptic technique and real-world applications in a sterile compounding facility. It aligns with USP Chapter <797> guidelines and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) model curriculum for pharmacy technician training.
  • You'll receive a comprehensive sterile compounding textbook that emphasizes patient safety regulations and includes a student resources DVD that provides accurate, author-demonstrated aseptic technique videos to accompany the textbook's nine procedural labs.
  • You may be able to apply your Sterile Compounding training to PTCB certification renewal requirements to maintain your CPhT credential. (See details here.)
  • Your Sterile Compounding training course includes virtual field trips using Internet resources to reinforce advanced concepts, provide multimedia presentations, and to help develop your skills for research and professional growth.

Program Prerequisite

Graduate of a Pharmacy Technician program and state licensure/certification (CPhT) where required, or healthcare practitioner or professional with valid license or certification.

State Requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

Our Sterile Compounding Training Course

As part of Ashworth College's Sterile Compounding training online, you'll learn how to produce compounded sterile preparations (CSPs) for patients in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home healthcare settings according to current industry standards and federal regulations.

Employers are looking for qualified pharmacy technicians who can:

  • Mix pharmaceutical preparations, according to written prescriptions
  • Clean and help maintain equipment or work areas and sterilize glassware, according to prescribed methods
  • Transfer medication from vials to the appropriate number of sterile, disposable syringes, using aseptic techniques
  • Restock intravenous (IV) supplies and add measured drugs or nutrients to IV solutions under sterile conditions to prepare IV packs for various uses, such as chemotherapy medication

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Your Sterile Compounding Training Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive sterile compounding textbook and online learning guides
  • Student resources DVD with videos of lab procedures
  • Online exams and assessments
  • Access to academic advisors
  • Access to a Learning Resource Center and Library via Proquest
  • Ability to track academic progress and manage account information via the student portal
  • Personalized career guidance
  • Ability to interact with peer students, faculty, and staff via Ashworth's Online Community

What features should I look for in the Ashworth College Sterile Compounding training course compared to other schools' programs?

It's important that the program you choose covers all of the material needed for the safe, sanitary, and successful production of compounded sterile preparations (CSPs). Look for a Sterile Compounding program that has lesson content that's focused on large- and small-volume parenteral preparations; ampule-based, narcotic, and pediatric preparations; total parenteral nutrition; and chemotherapy preparations and procedures. A well-rounded program thoroughly covers aseptic technique, including personal garbing, gloving, and cleanliness procedures.

Is this Sterile Compounding Training course all online or do I get books?

The Sterile Compounding program includes a physical textbook and DVD package that is shipped to the student at the start of the Lesson Group 2. Learning guides are available online and as printed booklets.

Our Sterile Compounding training course can help you get ahead quick in a field that's high in demand. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online.