Fundamental Compounding & Calculations
Comprehensive Sterile Compounding
Compounding for Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy
Veterinary Compounding Essentials
Clinical Dermatological & Cosmeceutical Compounding
Comprehensive Sterile Compounding

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, but not required. Physicians and other health care professionals are welcome to attend.

Participants are instructed in the proper technique preparation, and quality control tests for sterile products, such as validation testing, membrane filtration, pyrogen tests, BET, (bacterial endotoxin test) and others. Participants work in a simulated sterile environment in a 795 lab; on the final day, cleanroom exercises and a high-risk media fill will be conducted in a true 797 lab.

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

2019 Comprehensive Sterile Compounding

  • All courses taught at the ACA National Training Laboratory in Bartlett, Tennessee unless otherwise indicated. Maximum Class Capacity: 6 participants.

Course Fees

ACA Members
Pharmacist/Pharmacy Tech – $1995

Pharmacist/Pharmacy Tech – $2195


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

  • Demonstrate aseptic technique by successfully performing gloved fingertip sampling and media-fill per USP 797 standards.
  • Write and implement a plan for personnel validation and environmental sampling.
  • Describe a quality assurance program including personnel training, validation, documentation, quality control and quality improvement.
  • Prepare low-, medium-, and high-risk preparations using aseptic technique.
  • Discover microbial contaminant risk levels per USP797.
  • Practice aseptic processes with evaluation and validation.
  • Identify filter membrane housing differences and validate filter integrity using bubble point testing.
  • Write and implement a sterile compounding program compliant with USP 797.
  • Identify and document steam and dry-heat cycles using Biological Indicators.
  • Justify compounded sterile product strength through certificate of analysis and other reference materials.
  • Write site-specific Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Demonstrate sterilization and depyrogenation.

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.

CE Credit
The attendee must pass an aseptic glove test and a media fill to successfully complete the course.

Comprehensive Sterile Compounding, a practice-based course, has been approved for 20.0 contact hours (2 CEU’s) of continuing education credit being obtained in the live programming with ACPE Universal Activity Numbers 0201-0000-19-001-L07 P/T. This UAN has an initial release date of 02/21/2019 and an expiration date of 02/21/2022. 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.  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
Comprehensive Sterile Compounding
Compounding for Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy
Veterinary Compounding Essentials
Clinical Dermatological & Cosmeceutical Compounding