At the American College of Apothecaries, American College of Veterinary Pharmacists, and Pharmacists Planning Services, Inc., public health and safety is our top priority.

Effective March 25, 2020, our office building will be closed; all staff will be working from home during our regular business hours, Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm and 8:00 am-noon on Friday. We will not be answering the phones, but will be responding to emails using the contact form.

The ACA has cancelled training classes through May 31. At this time, registration for courses scheduled after June 1 remains open. We are working to reschedule cancelled courses for June and July so that we will be able to continue to provide needed compounding training for pharmacy professionals. We are also working to provide additional online training materials and accredited CE for pharmaceutical compounding and other topics on our  Online CE Portal.

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Fundamental Compounding & Calculations
Advanced Pharmaceutical Compounding2
Comprehensive Sterile Compounding
Sterile Compounding Recertification
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Fundamental Compounding & Calculations

FUNDAMENTAL COMPOUNDING is an accredited 3-day course that combines a 20-hour (2.0 CEUs) practice-based course with a 1 hour (0.1 CEU) knowledge-based course in Fundamental Compounding Law.

This course is designed for pharmacists, technicians, and students who are new to compounding or who have had training in the past but want a refresher. Physicians and other health care professionals are also welcome to attend.

This course provides didactic and hands-on experience with fundamental aspects of nonsterile compounding. Participants will learn through lecture, discussion, practice activities, and hands-on training in a fully equipped nonsterile compounding lab. Attendees at the Bartlett location also receive a copy of “The Art, Science, and Technology of Pharmaceutical Compounding” 5th Edition by Loyd V. Allen Jr.

The Fundamental Law module explains key aspects of state and federal regulations pertaining to compounding and what components are acceptable to use in compounded nonsterile preparations.

Our low instructor/participant ratio allows for individual attention and interaction. The program is structured to demonstrate skills that can be immediately implemented by participants.  Learn about the ACA Compounding Training Instructors at

*Funding for this course is provided in part by an unrestricted educational grant from the ACA Research and Education Foundation.

2020 Fundamental Compounding

  • All courses taught at the ACA National Training Laboratory in Bartlett, Tennessee unless otherwise indicated.
    Maximum Class Capacity: 12 participants.
For assistance registering for a compounding training course or to check availability for a course that is closed to online registration, call 901-383-8119 or email

Course Fees

ACA Members
Pharmacist/Pharmacy Tech – $1445
2nd attendee from same pharmacy – $1345
Pharmacy Student – $645

Pharmacist/Pharmacy Tech – $1645
No 2nd attendee discount
Pharmacy Student – $670



Special promotional pricing will be automatically applied to all registrations completed six weeks before the beginning of class. No code necessary; does not apply to pharmacy student fees, EVP, or ACA Compound Academy. The best value in compounding training just got a little better.

Physicians and other health care professionals are welcome to attend.

Course Objectives

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At the conclusion of Fundamental Compounding, the participating pharmacist or technician will be able to:

  • Define nonsterile compounding and practices within the scope of USP <795> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Nonsterile Preparations
  • Discuss commonly compounded nonsterile preparations
  • Select components appropriate for use in compounded nonsterile preparations and evaluate information contained on the certificate of
  • Identify master formulation record requirements and assign appropriate beyond-use dates to compounded nonsterile preparations
  • Demonstrate proper donning and doffing of garb
  • Explain requirements for use, certification, and cleaning of primary engineering controls
  • Calibrate the electronic balance and determine minimum accurate weighable quantity
  •  Practice mixing components using the Principles of Geometric Dilution
  • Compound each of the following dosage forms while demonstrating appropriate use of equipment and proper compounding techniques:
    • Solutions
    • Suspensions
    • Creams
    • Ointments
    • Gels
    • Suppositories
    • Troches
    • Capsules
    • Other Novel Dosage Forms
  • Complete a Compounding Record for each compounded nonsterile preparation and perform quality control as applicable to each dosage form
  • Summarize necessary label and labeling information
  • Clean and sanitize compounding equipment and work areas
  • Explain facility and environmental monitoring requirements
  • Identify requirements for personnel training and competency; and list other documentation and SOPs needed by nonsterile compounding facilities
  • Review essential aspects of Quality Assurance
  • Briefly describe additional engineering controls, PPE, and personnel training needed when handling hazardous drugs

At the conclusion of Fundamental Compounding Law, the participating pharmacist or technician will be able to:

  • Identify regulations and standards pertaining to nonsterile compounding
  • Explain requirements for selection of components used in compounding
  • Review key FDA guidance documents

Basic Compounding & Calculations: An Overview is a home study program designed to provide the pharmacist and technician with a review of the calculations they need to make in order to prepare a variety of medications for their patients. Participants can add this home study to their class registration at checkout. This course may also be taken independently of the Fundamental Compounding and Calculations Course.

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CE Credit
Fundamental Compounding, a practice-based course, has been approved for 21 contact hours (2.1 CEUs) of continuing education credit with 20 hours (2.0 CEUs) of Fundamental Compounding being obtained in the live programming with ACPE Universal Activity Numbers 0201-0000-20-002-L07-P/T and 1 hour (0.1 CEUs) of Fundamental Compounding Law being obtained in the live programming with ACPE Universal Activity Numbers 0201-0000-20-003-L03-P/T. These UAN have an initial release date of 3/5/2020 and an expiration date of 3/5/2023. Attendees will be required to complete an evaluation form at the completion of the program. Attendees requesting CE will be required to provide their NABP e-Profile ID and birthdate (MMDD) to receive credit for any ACPE-accredited CPE session. Due to new ACPE regulations, if required information is received after 60 days, a $250 late fee will be assessed before CE will be processed.

Travel & Hotel Accommodations
Course participants are responsible for their own reservations and charges.

The ACA National Training Laboratory is located at 2830 Summer Oaks Dr., Bartlett, TN 38134.
Training is conducted in Wisconsin at Concordia University—Wisconsin School of Pharmacy is located at 12800 N. Lake Shore Dr., Mequon, WI 53097.

Special rates for course participants are available at a selection of nearby hotels; information is available at or contact the ACA office at 901-383-8119 or

Cancellation Policy
30+ days before event – Full Refund
29-14 days before event – 50% Refund
13-1 days before event – No Refund

Classes are subject to cancellation due to circumstances beyond our control and you should always plan travel accordingly. We recommend purchasing travel insurance or booking with an airline that will allow you to reschedule your flight if the need arises.

The mission of the American College of Apothecaries is to support the professional practice of the independent community pharmacist. Enrollment in ACA Pharmaceutical Compounding Training Courses is not limited to members of ACA, however, participants must meet one of the following criteria: own their own pharmacy; work for an independent community pharmacist as an associate; or work in a hospital, academia, or a pharmacy-related association. Participants registering as pharmacy students must be currently enrolled in an accredited school of pharmacy and be able to provide proof of status and class spaces may be limited.

The American College of Apothecaries, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. All sessions carrying the ACPE program number are approved for continuing education credit.

Fundamental Compounding & Calculations
Advanced Pharmaceutical Compounding2
Comprehensive Sterile Compounding
Sterile Compounding Recertification
Veterinary Compounding Essentials
Clinical Dermatological & Cosmeceutical Compounding