Sterile Compounding program curriculum
Our Sterile Compounding program curriculum is built on the knowledge of licensed pharmacists with extensive experience in the healthcare field. The self-paced coursework enables you to develop practical skills in detailed procedures applied in every pharmacy across the country.
Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Certificate ProgramLearning 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.
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 CompoundingSterile 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.
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.
Apothecary, household, and avoirdupois systems of measurement; metric system and common metric conversions; decimals and percents; ratio and proportion; dimensional analysis; alligation.
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.
The Sterile Compounding certificate program provides pharmacy technician students with an overview of the training requirements needed for the successful production of compounded sterile preparations. Students will learn about the compounding environment, necessary equipment, and common calculations. They'll cover large- and small-volume parenteral preparations; ampule-based, narcotic, and pediatric preparations; total parenteral nutrition; and chemotherapy preparations and procedures. Special focus is on aseptic technique, including personal garbing, gloving, and cleanliness procedures.
After completing the Sterile Compounding program, students will be able to do the following:
- Identify the roles and procedures of pharmacy technicians as they relate to compounded sterile preparations (CSPs)
- Discuss the sterile compounding environment and identify commonly used supplies needed for the production of CSPs
- Perform dosage, basic formula, ratio and proportion, dimensional analysis, IV flow/drip rate, and alligation calculations related to the preparation of CSPs, and identify common pharmacy abbreviations, equivalents, and conversions
- Explain proper aseptic garbing, hand washing, and gloving procedures and the steps to follow when cleaning the horizontal laminar airflow hood
- Describe the resources and supplies, lab procedures, and USP Chapter <797> guidelines necessary for the preparation of large-volume parenterals, small-volume parenterals, ampule-based preparations, narcotic preparations, pediatric preparations, total parenteral nutrition solutions, and chemotherapy preparations
Melding your new skills to your new path
You'll gain job skills from every lesson in the Sterile Compounding Career Certificate course and prep for your job search at the same time. The online tools available through the Ashworth EDGE are integrated into your studies so you'll be ready to deliver a polished presentation of your qualifications to potential employers as soon as you graduate. You'll also be able to revisit the Ashworth EDGE whenever you need to after you've earned your certificate. Learn more about it at the Ashworth College Career Services page.