After careful consideration for the safety of our training class participants, instructors, and staff, the American College of Apothecaries resumed in-person training classes on June 4. ACA followed local public health guidelines to develop the following protocols.

Our top priority is providing the best training opportunities for pharmacy professionals in the safest environment for employees, instructors, participants, and the community.

Our safety protocols include:

  • Daily health screening upon entrance to facility for all class participants and staff
  • Limiting visitors to facility and lowering class size
  • Allowing staff to telework and informing staff not to come to work if sick
  • Enforcing six-foot distancing for all individuals throughout facility
  • Dedicated workspaces for class participants during compounding training courses, including classroom and lab areas
  • Providing masks to every individual
  • Providing hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to all visitors, class participants and staff at facility entrance, in bathrooms, breakroom, training room, and labs
  • Offices, bathrooms, breakroom, and lab are cleaned and disinfected daily
  • Additional measures will be taken throughout the facility to prevent unnecessary contact between individuals
Comprehensive Sterile Compounding
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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 student pharmacist rate or Letco EVP participants. The best value in compounding training just got a little better.

Customized On-Site Compounding Training

Your Site. Your Staff. Your Schedule

The ACA can present any of the current compounding training courses or business management training on location, or design a custom class (with or without CE) to meet a pharmacy’s needs.


COMPREHENSIVE STERILE COMPOUNDING is an accredited 3-day, 20-hour (2.0 CEUs) practice-based course designed for pharmacists and technicians who are experienced in compounding.

Completion of the Fundamental Compounding Course is recommended. Physicians and other health care professionals are welcome to attend. This course will also provide initial aseptic training for pharmacists and technicians required by their state board of pharmacy in order to compound sterile preparations.
Participants are instructed in the proper aseptic techniques for preparations and quality control tests to prepare compounded sterile preparations.
Participants will work in a simulated sterile environment in a USP 795 laboratory, focusing on the aseptic process and practical knowledge that meet the requirements for USP 797.

During the third day, a non-sterile to sterile media-fill test process will be conducted in a USP 797 compliant clean room. Attendees will also learn how to prepare non-sterile to sterile compounds, including sterile solutions and manipulation of injectable solutions, cleaning and disinfection methods. Practical considerations about USP <800> will be discussed to facilitate the understanding of exposure routes and risks for those who handle hazardous drugs.

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

Physicians and other health care professionals are welcome to attend.

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


Lecture: Definitions, Aseptic Technique (Needles and Syringes), Documentation, Standard Operating Procedures

Discussion and video: Hand Washing and Proper Garbing


Demonstration and Exercise

  • Proper Garbing
  • Hand Washing
  • Hood Prep

Facility Design and Layout

Validation and Documentation

  • Primary and Secondary Engineering Controls

Discussion and Demonstration

  • Supply Selection and Staging
  • Needle Size and Syringe Selection
  • Hand Position and Material Placement in ISO Class 5

Hands-On Experience

Work Area Prep

Manipulations: vials, ampules, bags, etc.


USP 797 Why and How to Use It

USP 797 Risk Levels and Responsibilities

Non-viable and Viable Contamination

Quality Assurance/Quality Control/Quality Improvement

  • Personnel: Portfolios or Employee File
  • Documentation and Process Validation

Environmental Monitoring and Testing

Environmental Controls


Personnel Validation

  • Media Fills
  • Glove Tests

Hands-On Experience:

  • Gentamicin Ophth. Solution (from inj)
  • Simulated Process: 30 x 0.05 ml PFS


Discussion: Sterilization Methods

  • Filtration
    • Filter Types and Applications
  • Steam: Autoclave
  • Dry Heat: Convection Oven


Discussion/Demonstration: Validation Methods

  • Filters: Bubble Point Test
  • Autoclave: Biological Indicators/Steam Indicators
  • Convection Oven: Biological Indicators
  • Filter Selection: Membrane Compatibility, Features, Benefits


Final Check and Testing


Prepare Media for Media Fill

Prepare High-Risk Formula and Autoclave


Perform Media Fill

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

  • Demonstrate aseptic technique by successfully performing gloved fingertip sampling and media-fill per USP 797 chapter
  • Describe a quality assurance program including proficiency in core competencies, personnel validation, processes with evaluation, documentation, quality control and quality improvement
  • Discuss Compounded Sterile Preparations Category 1 and Category 2, based on the conditions under which they are made, probability for microbial growth, and the time period within which they must be used, per USP 797
  • Describe the various methods of sterilization, according to the USP 797, the process for validation and storage requirements
  • Show how to write and implement a sterile compounding program compliant with USP 797
  • Perform proper aseptic hand washing techniques and gowning procedures
  • Prepare sterile preparations using different sterilization methods, including autoclave, dry heat sterilization, and sterilization by filtration
  • Demonstrate how to maintain appropriate cleanliness conditions working in a horizontal and vertical laminar flow hoods
  • Demonstrate filter membrane and validate filter integrity using bubble point testing
  • Perform appropriate placement of materials and hands during compounding process, so that all critical sites receive first air in an ISO Class 5 environment
  • Describe compounded sterile preparations strength through Certificate of Analysis and other reference materials
  • Discuss site-specific Standard Operating Procedures
  • Prepare Category 1 and Category 2 preparations using aseptic techniques
  • Prepare a non-sterile to sterile media-fill test, following the requirement in current USP <797> standard
  • Discuss engineering controls according to USP <800>
  • Identify hazardous drugs according to NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
  • Discuss exposure routes and risks for those who handle hazardous drugs
  • Describe good compounding process and practices, and personnel protective equipment (PPE) according to NIOSH guidelines to handle hazardous drugs and USP <800>

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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.

Class Dates & Registration

  • All courses taught at the ACA National Training Laboratory in Bartlett, Tennessee. Maximum Class Capacity: 5 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 and leave a message or e-mail

MORE SAVINGS: Letco EVP participants save on ACA & ACVP member prices for ACA Compounding Training Courses!

ACA or ACVP members will need to log into their ACA or ACVP account (click “Sign In” next to the member options listed above) to validate their membership. The Letco EVP price should automatically update to the reflect the member benefit; select this option. Enter the promotional code during checkout for the additional EVP discount.

Sterile Compounding: USP Chapter <797> Home Study 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 20-hour home study is an optional companion to the Comprehensive Sterile Compounding course for technicians and pharmacists. After successful completion of the two courses, the participant will have earned 40.0 hours of Sterile Compounding CE. This course may also be taken independently of the Comprehensive Sterile Compounding Course.

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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.

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. 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

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.

ACPE logo jpgComprehensive Sterile Compounding, a practice-based course, has been approved for 20.0 contact hours (2 CEUs) of continuing education credit being obtained in the live programming with ACPE Universal Activity Numbers 0201-0000-20-001-L07 P/T. This UAN has an initial release date of 02/06/2020 and an expiration date of 02/06/2023. 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. Any unclaimed credit with a date of participation that is 6 months and older will not be eligible for processing.​​​​​​​

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
Comprehensive Sterile Compounding
Veterinary Compounding Essentials
Advanced Pharmaceutical Compounding2