Q1: What is the difference between the in-person, virtual hybrid and standalone online sterile compounding course?
A1: The in-person IV certification training provides 40 CE credits for Pharmacy techs & 20 CE credits for Pharmacists and is held in the following states and cities.
FLORIDA - In Orlando.
COLORADO - In Colorado Springs & Aurora.
TEXAS - In Dallas, Houston.
TENNESSE - In the Nashville area.
Both in-person and the virtual hybrid certification programs provide ce credits and certification.
The VIRTUAL HYBRID program provides 20 CE credits for Pharmacists and 40 CE credits for Pharmacy techs as well.
The standalone online course is self-paced and is most popular with those pressed for time, is didactic and knowledge-based and upon passing a final exam, a certificate of completion will be issued upon request.
NOTE: The standalone course does not provide Certification BUT does provide 20 CE credits for Pharmacy Technicians only. However, pharmacy techs must manually enter the CE credits in the PTCB portal.
Some employers are willing to train on the practical aspects of sterile compounding at your place of employment BUT you must first have the necessary didactic knowledge which this online course provides.
The online course also serves as a review for the Technician CSPT exam and the Pharmacist Board Certified Sterile Compounding Pharmacist exam. The course contains more information than required by the PTCB for those preparing for the CSPT exam.
The online course provides enough information to give you confidence when applying for sterile compounding jobs and to do your job effectively.
The course goes beyond the basics and will help sterile compounding personnel as well as Pharmacy managers because it touches on certain managerial aspects of sterile compounding as well, such as documentation requirements, QA, etc.
Q2: Are there any other costs with the in-person, virtual hybrid or online courses?
A2: For the didactic online sterile compounding course
There aren’t any other costs beyond what you pay at checkout.
For the virtual hybrid IV certification course
There aren’t any other costs beyond what you pay at checkout. The required manual and training supplies are included. Please note: The manual inclusion may be removed at any time without notice.
For the in-person IV certification course
The required manual and training supplies are included. Please note: The manual inclusion may be removed at any time without notice.
Q3: Will I get a certificate?
A3: Yes. After attending the in-person IV certification training and passing the skills evaluation AND passing the certification exam with a score of 75% or better OR with the virtual hybrid IV certification training, successfully passing the certification exam and skills validation evaluation.
After passing a final exam with a score of 75% or better for the online didactic sterile compounding course. A certificate of completion will be provided upon request. No CE credits issued except for technicians as described above.
**Note – you must pass a final IV certification exam first before any credits and certifications are issued for the in-person or virtual programs.
Also, the exam for the in-person and virtual hybrid program(s) has to be scheduled and taken at a later date after successfully completing the course and completing the hands-on portion of the program(s). More details available in the emails you receive after signing up.
Q4: What format are the in-person & virtual hybrid certification training courses?
A4: The in-person training has an 18 hr home study portion for both Pharmacists AND Techs and 2 hr live in-class portion for Pharmacists and 22 hrs hands on training portion for Techs.
The manual and training supplies are included in the price. Manual inclusion may be removed in the future.
The home study portion consists of reading the manual and completing the quizzes at the end of each chapter PLUS reviewing the BONUS course you get access to. Both have to be reviewed before attending in person.
If you ONLY want training and don’t need or care about CE credits or certification then just reviewing the bonus course is required before attending the live portion.
The virtual IV certification training is similar to the in-person program.
You also receive access to quizzes, videos, PPE, training and evaluation supplies and evaluation of aseptic skills with a certified instructor and the required textbook is currently included.
Q5: Are books included in the price?
A5: Yes & No.
For the in-person certification the manual for the course IS included and required. Manual inclusion may be removed at any time without notice.
For the didactic online self-paced compounding course, no books required. The entire course is online. Does not provide certification only a certificate of completion after passing a competency test with a score of 75% or better. Pharmacy techs may claim 20 CE credits.
For the virtual hybrid IV certification the manual for the course IS included and required. Manual inclusion may be removed at any time without notice.
Q6: What topics does the home infusion course cover?
A6: Please click https://ivcompoundingtraining.thinkific.com/courses/introductory-home-infusion-course to view sample topics covered in the course.
Q7: Can you tell me what the EHR portal includes?
A7: The EHR portal contains exercises to solidify what you've learned in the sterile compounding and home infusion courses. Exercises include basic to advanced exercises such as...
- Reviewing patient charts to determine the appropriateness of prescribed therapy
- Order entry of IV and PO medications to a patient's chart
- Discontinuing medications
- Updating allergies
- Processing a home infusion Rx that enables you to use critical thinking skills
- Looking up drug information to determine which monitoring parameters should be taken into account
- Determining whether a particular medication requires a patient assessment
- And more...enhance your critical thinking skills.
Q8: What’s the difference between sterile products training for certification and sterile compounding and IV compounding certification training?
A8: Sterile products training for certification, sterile compounding certification and IV compounding certification are different terms for the same training which essentially includes training and certification for USP 797. Sometimes USP 800 hazardous drugs training is also included when discussing IV or sterile compounding or sterile products training for certification purposes. The didactic online Sterile Compounding Course includes Introductory USP 800 information.
Q9: Is this certification (in-person & virtual-hybrid) valid in Texas and other states that require IV certification?
A9: Yes. It is national certification from an ACPE accredited institution and is valid in all states that require Pharmacists and Techs to be IV certified and is recognized by the Texas state board of pharmacy (TSBP).
Q10: What is the prerequisite for enrolling in the hazardous drugs certification course? **That course is no longer offered**
A10: Successfully completing and becoming certified in sterile compounding or having previous experience. Currently, the hazardous course certification training is not available.
Q11: I am a Pharmacy employer, how do I certify my pharmacists and techs in bulk?
A11: Please contact us to discuss your needs.
Q12: Are the CE credits issued for the didactic standalone non-certification self paced sterile compounding course recognized by ACPE?
A12: No, the CE credits for the self paced course are recognized ONLY by the PTCB. Pharmacy techs will have to manually enter the CE information in their PTCB account to claim 20 CE credits.
Q13: What sort of training can I expect?
A13: The IV certification program strictly focuses on sterile compounding and the bulk of the knowledge gained is from home study which includes
- Reviewing the textbook and attempting all the quizzes
- Completing the online course in it's entirety and taking the competency test
- Completing all the hands-on training
- Completing the practice lab assignments
- Successfully passing the final evaluation
- Successfully passing the final certification exam
If you have any other questions please contact me at...mayur @ ivcompoundingtraining.com