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 course meets the national USP <797> regulations in addition to the newly passed Texas State Board of Pharmacy Sterile Compounding Rules 291.133.
There is a home study and Live portion for a total of 40hours ACPE credit:
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.
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.
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.