Pharmacy Grads Eligible for Sterile Compounding Credentials After 1 Year Experience
Graduates of Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) Pharmacy Technology program are now eligible to sit for the Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT) Exam (sterile compounding) after only one year of full-time continuous compounded sterile preparation work experience.
OFTC’s program was recognized as eligible based on its recognition as a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Certified Pharmacy Technician Program and the curriculum taught like PHAR 1030, Compounding Sterile Preparations.
“We are very excited that our graduates can sit for this national certification after becoming Certified Pharmacy Technicians with PTCB and only 1 year in–field experience,” shared Jack Shepherd, OFTC’s Pharmacy Instructor.
According to the PTCB website, sterile compounding is the preparation of medications in a sterile environment to prevent contamination. OFTC’s students are exposed to sterile compounding in the classroom and lab as well as in the clinical setting.
Prior to this recognition, OFTC’s pharmacy graduates, or any Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) had to wait three years to become eligible to sit for the CSPT Exam. Now, upon graduation, the successful completion of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, and one year of sterile compounding experience, graduates are considered candidates to sit for the CSPT exam to become a certified CSPT.
This program recognition is also retroactive according to the PTCB and qualifies OFTC’s pharmacy technician program graduates from 2015 on.
“Being able to earn the credential of CSPT has truly been a moment that has stood out in my career,” shared Tabatha Oliver, a 2015 graduate who recently took advantage of this opportunity and earned her certification in Compound Sterile Preparation. Oliver works as the lead preceptor at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin.
“Thanks to the Pharmacy Technology Program at OFTC I was more than prepared when graduating. The knowledge and skills gained during the program and clinical rotations is where I found my passion for sterile compounding and preparing medications,” she said. “The career of being a pharmacy technician is ever changing and being able to specialize in an avenue that interests me is fulfilling and allows me to continue to grow and learn in the world of compounding.”