Sterile Compounding and Aeseptic Technique Program

Sterile Compounding Training

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Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique (SCAT) –
ACPE Provider Accredited IV Training Certificate Course

For Pharmacists and Technicians
NOTE: You must have already identified an APPROVED Instructor before your materials will be issued. See "How to Sign-Up" information in the FAQ.

Price: $265.00

This course meets the national USP <797> regulations in addition to the newly passed Texas State Board of Pharmacy Sterile Compounding Rules 291.133.

>>All participants must complete the course within 1 year of purchase date or no less than 30 days in advance of the specified Universal Activity Number expiration date (this course expires on 7/1/2020); whichever occurs sooner.

>>TSHP reserves the right to take up to 30 days to review and respond to submissions. Contact the TSHP office if it has been more than 30 days since your submission.

>> TSHP does not offer expedited processing.


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 Instructor Information tab).

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.

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.

Books may be purchased online for each participating student. Contact the TSHP Office if you'd like to make a purchase of multiple books on behalf of a pharmacy facility.

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Instructor Information

Call (512) 223-5958 or email toni.steiner@austincc.edu 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:

  • Certified (PTCB) pharmacy technician - or -
  • Registered pharmacy technician - or -
  • Registered pharmacist
AND
  • Have completed an ASHP Accredited Pharmacy Program with documented credit/coursework in sterile Compounding and
  • Aseptic Technique - or -
  • Completion of an IV certification course (Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique [SCAT] from an ACPE accredited provider (RPh - minimum 20 hour course; Tech - minimum 40 hour course)
AND
  • Have a minimum of two years of pharmacy experience in sterile compounding and aseptic technique
Please Note: 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.

Instructor Approval Form
Instructor Information Letter

Accreditation Information


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 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 #0156-9999-17-095-B07-P & 0156-9999-17-095-B07-T
40.0 Credit Hours; 4.0 CEUs
Type: Practice-based
Initial Release Date: 7/1/2017; Expiration Date: 7/1/2020

Learning Objectives
At the completion of this activity, the pharmacist will be able to:

  • Define medical and pharmacy terminology and abbreviations used in sterile compounding.
  • Compare the various calculation methods that are appropriate for specific sterile compounding scenarios.
  • Distinguish between the various dosage calculation methods used in the preparation of CSPs.
  • Appraise the application of pharmacy math and aseptic technique principals as applied to various CSP procedures.
  • Evaluate USP<797> principles related to sterile compounding and aseptic technique.
  • Employ various pharmaceutical calculation methods used in sterile compounding.
  • Assemble various compounded sterile preparations.
  • Assess compliance with fundamental aseptic technique requirements during process validation procedures.

Learning Objectives
At the completion of this activity, the pharmacy technician will be able to:

  • Identify medical and pharmacy terminology and abbreviations used in sterile compounding.
  • List the various calculation methods that are appropriate for specific sterile compounding scenarios.
  • Solve equations using the basic dosage calculation, ratio-proportion, and dimensional analysis in the preparation of CSPs.
  • Apply pharmacy math and aseptic technique principals to CSP procedures.
  • Describe USP<797> principles related to sterile compounding and aseptic technique.
  • Use appropriate pharmaceutical calculation methods in sterile compounding scenarios.
  • Assemble various compounded sterile preparations.
  • Demonstrate compliance with fundamental aseptic technique requirements during process validation procedures.

Author Information
Lisa McCartney, BAAS, CPhT, PhTR
Department Chair of Pharmacy Technology
Austin Community College
Austin, Texas

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).

This author receives royalties from the sale of this textbook. The content of the program has been reviewed by an independent peer council and determined to contain no bias.

Technical Standards

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 https://sites.austincc.edu/health/technical-standards/ 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 https://www.austincc.edu/admrule/7.07.002.htm

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Follow these 5 steps:
  1. Purchase Book (Note: Instructor must be designated at the time of purchase)
  2. Book will be mailed within 10 business days of receipt of form and payment.
  3. Complete home-study course, exam, and hands-on validations.
  4. Submit ALL completed materials to TSHP (use a trackable method, so you are aware of when it reaches our offices).
  5. TSHP will process submitted documentation and/or issue CPE credit within 30 days of receipt of ALL completed program materials. Failure to provide all required components will delay processing.
Click Here to view the refund details. Book refunds must be authorized within 30 days of book receipt. No refunds will be given after the 30-day deadline.

A $50 non-refundable administrative fee will be retained, regardless of book receipt. Any shipping fees are the responsibility of the purchaser.
Participants are allowed one free attempt to complete the exam(s). If students receive a grade below 75%, they will be offered the opportunity to re-attempt the exam for a $20 fee (per exam). Participants have a maximum of three attempts to pass the exams.
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 additional exam attempts are optional (required for program completion) and requires a processing fee of $20 to be paid in advance. Contact your instructor for exam retake information.
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>.
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 for $15.

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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.
Yes. This is a nationally transferable ACPE accredited program in Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique, and meets all current requirements for pharmacist and pharmacy technician SCAT training.
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”.
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.
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. Participants have a maximum of 1 year from the purchase date to complete all components of the course.
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.
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.