• Get Advanced Pharmacy Technician Training with freeCE's Nonsterile Compounding Speciality Certificate!
    Easily complete all PTCB-required training in our convenient & on-demand format

    freeCE offers pharmacy technicians the flexibility to complete this nonsterile compounding testing training at their own pace. This 5-credit program is broken into 5 on-demand learner modules. Once learners pass freeCE's certificate final exam, and if you're a PTCB-certified pharmacy technician (CPhT), you'll have the option to apply for PTCB's Nonsterile Compounding Certificate Exam.

    Pharmacy Technician_Enhanced Training: Nonsterile Compounding


    Pharmacy Technician Enhanced Training: Nonsterile Compounding is perfect for pharmacy technicians looking for fast, convenient, affordable education. In this self-paced course consisting of five on-demand lessons, technicians will learn about key aspects of nonsterile compounding, including pertinent regulations and guidelines, necessary supplies and components, and vital techniques and skills. The Pharmacy Technician Enhanced Training: Nonsterile Compounding course provides 5 CEs to aid in reaching your certificate and license requirements.

    Program Description

    This 5-credit PTCB-Recognized training program has been built into an 5-module certificate, designed to teach pharmacy technicians on the key aspects of nonsterile compounding.

    Our unique approach to pharmacy education has made freeCE the industry standard and a favorite learning resource among pharmacy professionals. Nonsterile compounded preparations are vital for patients with unique medication needs, and pharmacy technicians play important roles in the creation of these customized products.

    PLUS, when you complete your training, you can earn a Credly Badge to show off your specialized training! Digital badges provide a simple and verifiable way to notify your network about your new skill sets.

    Nonsterile Compounding 101: Regulations, Standards, and Guidelines
    Nonsterile compounding is an essential component of pharmacy practice, and compounding facilities must adhere to guidelines and regulations to ensure patient safety and product quality. This module is designed to orient learners to the organizations who provide oversight of nonsterile compounding. Pertinent standards and guidelines will be reviewed, and the role of the pharmacy technician in nonsterile compounding will be discussed.

    Make it Count: Pharmaceutical Calculations for Nonsterile Compounding
    Accurate pharmaceutical calculations are essential to the process of nonsterile compounding, and pharmacy technicians should be well-versed in the practice of pharmaceutical calculations to ensure safe, quality preparations. This course will review common units of measure conversions, and methods by which to calculate quantities and concentrations of ingredients. Step-by-step example problems will be presented to assist the learner with honing this important skill.

    Getting Started in Nonsterile Compounding: Drugs and Dosage Forms
    Nonsterile compounding encompasses numerous dosage forms, and various ingredients are used to create these preparations. This module is designed to educate on the drugs and components used within nonsterile compounding, with a focus on physical and chemical compatibility considerations. Dosage forms and routes of administration will be discussed in depth.

    Tools of the Trade: Supplies and Equipment for Nonsterile Compounding
    The supplies and materials used to compound and package nonsterile preparations are just as important as the ingredients used to make them. This module is designed to educate learners on the supplies and equipment necessary to prepare nonsterile products and will also describe packaging and container closure systems. Ways to care for and maintain equipment will be reviewed.

    Perfecting Skills: Nonsterile Compounding Techniques
    Good technique is critical during all points of the nonsterile compounding process. This module is designed to educate learners on the skills and techniques necessary to compound nonsterile preparations accurately, efficiently, and safely. This course will explain how to appropriately garb for nonsterile compounding and review weighing, measuring, and mixing techniques. Considerations for compounding hazardous and non-hazardous preparations will be discussed.



    Liz Frederickson, PharmD, BCPS

    Liz completed her undergraduate coursework at Youngstown State University and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She completed a PGY1 residency program at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. She worked as a clinical pharmacist, practicing in internal medicine and ambulatory care, at St. Joseph Warren Hospital and St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital before transitioning to NEOMED. She is now the Director of Instructional Labs and course director for the Basic Pharmaceutics and Parenteral Products courses. She is also a co-advisor for the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy, and advisor of the Student National Pharmacist Association, Veterinary Pharmacy Club, and NEOMED Compounding Club.

    Some important notes to remember regarding the Pharmacy Technician Enhanced Training: Nonsterile Compounding (PTETNS) Certificate:

    • Registration costs $79 for members, $179 for non-members.
    • Once you have completed the specialty certificate, you are eligible to claim a sharable digital badge. Learn more about badges here.
    • This program's final exam consists of 50 unique multiple-choice questions.
    • You have only three (3) attempts to pass the final exam.
    • You may not leave the final exam in the middle and return at a later time.
    • The final exam has no time limit; however, we recommend that you write the answers down in case you lose your Internet connection or get interrupted while taking the exam.
    • You will earn continuing education credit as you complete each activity, totaling 5 credits upon final completion
    • You will have 12 months to complete the specialty certificate before it expires from your account.
    • This specialty certificate is NOT accredited for pharmacists or nurses.


    Pharmacy Technician Enhanced Training: Nonsterile Compounding