The VCU School of Pharmacy offers continuing education courses for sterile compounding and aseptic processing for non-hazardous and hazardous drugs [View Image]

About the Program

Our certificate programs are for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses and all persons involved in compounding. We offer comprehensive practice-based continuing education courses designed to provide both classroom and hands-on training. Participants develop the knowledge and skills necessary to compound sterile preparations safely and effectively. The courses provide practical experience that will assist the participant in evaluating their current sterile compounding practice and implementing changes necessary to meet USP standards.

About the Center

The Center for Compounding Practice and Research (CCPR) at VCU School of Pharmacy has an interactive, learner-centered instructional lab and a state-of-the-art cleanroom for aseptic processing. Our sterile compounding facility designed according to USP <797> standards allows participants to demonstrate hands-on simulation using current technology. The lab can accommodate 24 participants.

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USP Chapter <797> Changes are Coming!

Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Processing
  • Participants will be taught processing and skills required of all sterile preparation compounders based on current regulations. This program promotes best practices using situations most likely to be experienced in a sterile compounding environment (2 days). Our course provides comprehensive instruction based on current and proposed USP <797> standards for the successful preparation of compounded sterile preparations. The course is designed for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other pharmacy personnel who teach, train, or supervise personnel preparing CSPs.
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USP Chapter <800> Are You Ready?

Proper Handling of Hazardous Drugs
  • Hazardous drugs (HDs) require safe and responsible handling for you and your team, whether medical, nursing, or pharmacy. This program reviews current and proposed regulations and recommends best practices concerning all aspects of handling HDs (1 day). Our practice-based format allows for evaluation of your existing sterile compounding practices and leads to identification of areas needing modifications to ensure compliance with USP <800> standards.
  • COURSE DETAILS & REGISTER – Early Bird & Three Day Discounts Available

    Program Dates



"Great facility and wonderful staff. I am so glad I came to this meeting! "
Randall Morris, VA

"All presenters were outstanding! This was an excellent program. Thank you so very much!"
Richard Hillbom, MI

Benefits of Attending Program

  • Bridge the gap between standards and practice
  • Engage in frank discussion with others who deal with compliance challenges
  • Provide insight into regulatory intent
  • CCPR participants will enjoy the advantages of professional networking and hands-on compounding experience in a state-of-the-art facility.

- Daniel Phipps, Compounding Supervisor

Source: CCPR preparing to make its programmatic debut


"Not only will we produce competent compounding pharmacists, but we will also have a direct, positive impact on patient safety and provide a higher quality of life for the patients we serve."
Zahra Abbud, Pharm.D.


By partnering with PioneerRx Pharmacy Software, our program allows students to learn in a real-world environment using the most installed software for independent pharmacies. Students enhance their clinical and functional skills by training in a pharmacy system that is innovative, robust, and feature-rich.

Sterile compounding is an integral and growing part of the patient and pharmaceutical care. CCPR provides training programs based on the current USP Chapters 797 and 800 standards as well as hands on training in a state-of-the-art facility. Quoted by Barbara Exum, CCPR Director [View Image]
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