Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique (SCAT) – ACPE Provider Accredited IV Training Course (Home-Study Course)
How to Sign-Up:
1. Purchase Book
2. Complete Form
- Instructor Approval Form
3. Book will be mailed within 10 business days of form & payment being received.
4. Complete home-study course, exam, and hands-on validations
5. Submit completed materials to TSHP (use a trackable method so you are aware of when it reaches our offices)
6. TSHP will issue CPE credit within 30 days of completed program materials receipt. Contact our offices directly (512-906-0546) if you need faster service.
Instructor Approval Form
Instructor Information Letter
Additional Materials Needed:
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A $50 non-refundable administrative fee will be retained, regardless of book receipt. Any shipping fees are the responsibility of the purchaser.
DISCLAIMER: TSHP makes no warranties of any kind and shall not be held liable for any special, consequential or other damages that result in whole or part from the participant’s use of or reliance on this material. By following the guidelines and instructions contained in the material, the reader willingly assumes all risks incurred in connection with such instructions.
SCAT Self-Study Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can I get my money back if I don’t pass the written exam(s)?
A: No. All payments are final; however, you will be given an opportunity to retake the exam(s) up to two times, if necessary, in order to pass the course. The second exam attempt is optional (required for program completion) and requires a processing fee of $20 to be paid in advance. Contact your instructor for exam retake information.
Q: What if I don’t have the aseptic technique skills necessary to pass the process validation(s)?
A: Your only recourse is to practice the procedure until you have mastered the skills necessary to pass each of the process validation procedures with 100% accuracy and complete adherence to all aspects of aseptic technique as defined by USP<797>.
Q: If I am never able to master the aseptic technique necessary to pass the process validation(s), can I get my money back?
A: No. All payments are final.
Q: Do I need to do continuing education in order to maintain this certificate?
A: No. At this time there is not a continuing education requirement in order to maintain this certificate. However, each state board of pharmacy may have requirements related to IV certification. In addition, regulations regarding sterile compounding and aseptic technique are rapidly evolving. Refer to your state board of pharmacy as well as your facility policy and procedure manual to determine any special requirements for CE specific to sterile compounding personnel.
Q: Is this statement of credit transferable from institution to institution, or from state to state?
A. Yes. This is a nationally transferrable ACPE accredited program in Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique, and meets all current requirements for pharmacist and pharmacy technician SCAT training.
Q: Is this the same as “ACPE IV Certification”?
A: Yes. However, for purposes of clarity, it should be noted that the proper terminology is that you have completed a CE activity from an ACPE accredited provider. This IV certification course meets all current standards for IV certification. For purposes of clarity, it should be noted that ACPE does not (and never has) certify programs, courses, CE activities, or providers. ACPE accredits providers of continuing pharmacy education. Both TSHP and the ACC Pharmacy technician program are ACPE accredited providers of continuing pharmacy education. Note: this course carries the same meaning as outdated terminology such as: “IV certification”, “ACPE Certification”, and “ACPE IV Certification”.
Q: I am a pharmacist, but the book says it is for “pharmacy technicians” can I still use this book and training program in order to earn the CE that is required for pharmacists?
A: Yes. The textbook and training program are appropriate for pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, and pharmacy students. Upon completion of the course, pharmacists will earn 40 hours (4.0 CEUs) of ACPE accredited continuing education with the “P” UAN designator indicating that it is pharmacist-specific CE. This course meets all current national and state requirements for ACPE accredited training and IV certification for both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
Q: How long do I have to complete the course?
A: That is up to you and your instructor/proctor. The course is designed to be completed in approximately 16 weeks. However, personnel who have extensive experience in sterile compounding and aseptic technique sometimes complete the course in 4 weeks or less.
Q: I am very experienced in sterile compounding and aseptic technique, so I really have to do all of reading and homework assignments that are listed under the requirements for the didactic portion of the course?
A: Yes. In order to complete the course and earn ACPE accredited CE, you are required to complete at least 20 hours of didactic coursework. This may be comprised of reading, completing homework assignments, watching the DVD demonstrations, studying, and taking the two written exams.
Q: I have been working in the IV room for many years, do I really have to complete the 20 hours of hands-on training?
A: Yes. In order to complete the course and earn ACPE accredited CE, you are required to complete at least 20 hours of hands-on training. This may be comprised of informal practice and training in various aspects of SCAT, completing the procedural labs at the end of chapters 6 – 14, practicing for the process validation procedures, and the nine process validations that are required as part of the course.
Q: What do I do if I lose my statement of credit?
A: If you were issued credit after 2013, you should be able to locate and print a copy of your official statement of credit from your My CPE Monitor profile. If you were issued your credit prior to 2013 and TSHP provided your original credit, a new copy may be purchased here.
For Pharmacists and Technicians
This course meets the national USP <797> regulations in addition to the newly passed Texas State Board of Pharmacy Sterile Compounding Rules 291.133.
The Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique (SCAT) course provides comprehensive instruction for the successful preparation of compounded sterile parenteral preparations, a major responsibility of the pharmacy personnel in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home healthcare. This important work requires mastery of aseptic technique, the procedures that ensure patient safety and consistent, pathogen-free products.
This Self-Study course is completed entirely on the student’s home campus or job site under the supervision of an approved instructor* (*see details below regarding instructor approval).
You will be required to complete an Instructor Approval Form in addition to purchasing the manual. For quickest receipt of materials, complete and send the form to TSHP at the time of your purchase.
Please Note: Though the cover just mentions pharmacy technicians, this book and program are dual accredited for both technicians and pharmacists.
* Call (512) 223-5958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructor approval. It is highly recommended that the student complete the home study course under the direct supervision of a Certified Instructor (ie. a person who has completed the ACC Instructor's Course; see PHRA 2071 - below); if that is not possible, then the student must complete the home study course (including 20 hours of hands-on training) under the supervision of an instructor who has the following minimum qualifications:
Please note that due to individual state requirements some state boards of pharmacy may require the training and process validation to be completed by a pharmacist who has previously completed a sterile products training course. In some states, supervision by a technician may not be sufficient. Please refer to your state's requirements to ensure compliance.
If you wish to purchase multiple copies of the course, contact TSHP directly at (800) 242-8747 or email Katha Ferguson.
Technical Standards and Refund Disclaimer
Due to the specific nature of the technique being taught in the Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique (SCAT) course, students must possess certain minimum qualifications with regard to technical skills and abilities. These abilities may include, but are not limited to: the ability to stand for long periods of time, the ability to hold your arms out in front of you while working, steady handedness, and fine motor skills. Please refer to the Technical Standards for Pharmacy Technicians document located at www.austincc.edu/health/phra/ for a complete list of the technical standards and essential functions that may be required for CPE students. Registration for the SCAT course indicates that you have read the technical standards, and meet the minimum required abilities. For questions about the standards, or your ability to meet the requirements for a particular course, please contact the CPE Administrator at 512-223-5958. Note: all CPE activities must be completed in their entirety, according to the requirements listed in the course syllabus, in order to earn the certificate, statement of credit, and continuing education credits. Failure to successfully complete the course, for any reason, does not qualify you for full or partial reimbursement for the course. Please refer to the Austin Community College policy on refunds at http://www.austincc.edu/support/admissions/refunds.php
The Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The Sterile Compounding for Aseptic Technique (SCAT) training course has been accredited for 40.0 hours (4.0 CEUs) of credit. To receive credit the participant must provide the student registration information form, documentation of training hours form, and CPE evaluation form. The participant will be required to complete nine (9) process validations (w/100% compliance to SCAT principals), and two (2) written exams (with ≥ 75%). This practice-based activity is accredited as Universal Activity Number 0156-9999-16-094-B01-P & 0156-9999-16-094-B01-T. This activity will expire August 3, 2019. This activity is made possible through a co-sponsorship between TSHP and the Austin Community College Pharmacy Technician Program. All credits will be issued through the My CPE Monitor website via participant's NABP e-Profile. Each participant is required to provide their NABP ePID and month and day of birth; CPE credits will not be issued to individuals that do not provide this information.
UAN #0156-9999-16-094-B01-P & 0156-9999-16-094-B01-T
40.0 Credit Hours; 4.0 CEUs
Initial Release Date: 8/3/2016; Expiration Date: 8/3/2019
Learning Objectives: At the completion of this activity, the pharmacist will be able to:
Learning Objectives: At the completion of this activity, the pharmacy technician will be able to:
Lisa McCartney, BAAS, CPhT, PhTR
Department Chair of Pharmacy Technology
Austin Community College
Lisa McCartney is the department chair of the ASHP Accredited Pharmacy Technician Program at Austin Community College. In addition, Lisa is the CPE Administrator for the program's ACPE providership. She has been educating pharmacy technicians since 1999. Lisa has over 30 years of pharmacy experience with specific expertise in the area of USP<797> compliance, sterile compounding, and aseptic technique. She became a certified instructor in sterile compounding in 1997. She became PTCB certified in 1995 and has been registered with the State of Texas since 2005. She received her AAS degree in Pharmacy Technology from Weatherford College, and a BAAS in Occupational Education from Texas State University, and will receive her Master’s degree in Education from TSU in December, 2013. Lisa is a 2011 NISOD award winner for Teaching and Leadership Excellence. In 2012, she received the Roy Kemp award from the Pharmacy Technician Educator's Council, and in 2013, received the Mike Knapp award from TSHP. Lisa has served in various positions with the Pharmacy Technician Educator's Council, the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the Austin-Area Society of Health-System Pharmacists. In 2013, she served on the Texas State Board of Pharmacy Task Force on Sterile Compounding. She currently serves on the USP<797> Expert Panel for the United States Pharmacopeia. Lisa is the co-author of Pharmacy Labs for Technicians, and is the author of Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique: Concepts, Training, and Assessment (Paradigm Publishing).
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All courses listed below are available only through the Austin Community College. Specific questions regarding the programs and registration should be directed to Lisa McCartney, Austin Community College's CPE Administrator, at email@example.com or 512-223-5949.
Additional ACPE provider accredited Courses offered by ACC
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Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique (SCAT) – ACPE Provider Accredited IV Training Course (Hybrid Course)
Interested in this course? Contact Toni Steiner (512-223-5958 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the ACC Hybrid SCAT Courses website here: ACC Hybrid SCAT Courses
This version of the above course is available to participants who do not have access to a clean room/training facility, and/or an approved instructor. Hybrid courses requires registration through Austin Community College contact the ACC CPE Administrator at (512) 223-5958 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Two Hybrid Course Options: Live program dates will be coordinated by the Austin Community College.
The Hybrid Courses are designed to instruct and train pharmacy personnel in sterile compounding and aseptic technique procedures based on current USP Chapter <797> requirements. Additional home-study coursework is required. Hands-on training includes: aseptic garbing and hand washing, hood cleaning, large and small volume parenteral preparation, ampule preparation, etc. CPE activity participants that complete the course will receive a certificate of course completion and ACPE credit for 4.0 CEUs (40 hours).
You will be required to register as a student with the Austin Community College. Additional registration information required.
Other Courses Offered Through ACC
Explore all the Austin Community College has to offer pharmacy technicians. Take a look at the Pharmacy Technician Programs available here:ACC ACPE Pharmacy Tech Programs
PHRA 2071: Instructor's Course: Teaching Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique to Pharmacy Technician
This course is designed for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy educators who teach, train, or supervise personnel who prepare compounded sterile preparations (CSPs). The course combines home study, written exam, and videotaped knowledge and skills assessment and process validation. CPE activity completers receive a certificate of course completion and state of ACPE CE credit for 8 hours/0.8 CEUs.
Instructors can then return to their practice setting or school and train pharmacy technicians in current USP<797> standards for sterile compounding and aseptic technique. (Students receive certificate of course completion and ACPE statement of credit for 40 hours/4.0 CEUs.)
Please note that due to individual state requirements some state boards of pharmacy may require the training and validation to be completed by a pharmacist who has previously completed a sterile products training course. In some states, supervision by a technician may not be sufficient. Please refer to your state's requirements to ensure compliance.
PHRA 2073: TPN Compounding
This course combines online coursework with a single-day workshop designed to train pharmacists in Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) compounding. CPE activity completers will receive a certificate of course completion and ACPE statement of credit for 8 hours/0.8 CEUs.
PHRA 2074: Pediatric Preparations
This course combines online coursework with a single-day workshop designed to train pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in speciality sterile compounding related to pediatric preparations. CPE activity completers will receive a certificate of course completion and ACPE statement of credit for 8 hours/0.8 CEUs.
PHRA 2072: Chemotherapy Compounding
This course combines online coursework and a two-day, hands-on training designed to instruct pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in speciality sterile compounding related to chemotherapy preparations. CPE activity completers will receive a certificate of course completion and ACPE statement of credit for 20 hours/2.0 CEUs.
PHRA 1003: Basic Extemporaneous Compounding
This course combines online coursework with a single-day workshop designed to train pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in extemporaneous compounding procedures. CPE activity completers will receive a certificate of course completion and ACPE statement of credit for 8 hours/0.8 CEUs.