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Course Catalog

Introductory Compounding Lab Boot Camp

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Current pharmacy students may utilize PCCA's expertise and training through this course. The intent of Boot Camp is to introduce students to the unique and novel dosage forms utilized by today’s compounding pharmacists, to enlighten them as to the reality and feasibility of opening their own compounding pharmacy, and to inspire them to think of compounding as a viable, rewarding, and fulfilling career pathway.

Two full days of lecture and hands-on laboratory work provide a basic understanding of the skills, tools and equipment used in Contemporary Compounding. Students complete eleven dosage forms they take home with them, focusing on dosage forms such as lollipops, lip balms, troches, and transdermal delivery systems. Lectures on various contemporary compounding topics, compounding as a career path, and patient case studies are also on the agenda.

Several schools of pharmacy in the U.S. and Canada host Remote Boot Camps on their own campuses (see below). If you are interested in learning more about hosting a Remote Boot Camp, please contact us.

Course Enrollment: To register for a Boot Camp course at PCCA’s facilities, click here. Registration fee is $300.00 USD.

Cancellation Policy: An email is sent to all registered students six weeks ahead of your scheduled class date in order to confirm your class date. We recommend waiting until you receive this confirmation before booking/purchasing airline tickets, as a minimum enrollment must be met for each class date. The email will include course details, as well as recommended hotel information with special PCCA rates. If you need to withdraw from the course after that time, your course fees will not be refunded. You may be able to transfer into another scheduled class if space allows. Cancellation of your enrollment will be subject to maintenance of the minimum enrollment.

Travel information: More detailed information on PCCA's Boot Camp, as well as class times and travel recommendations, will be provided once registration is approved.

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Remote Boot Camp

Boot Camp on Your Campus!! Instead of asking 25 or more students to travel to PCCA's facilities, PCCA comes to you!

The Remote Boot Camp is the same course as the Introductory Compounding Lab Boot Camp, except that you host the class in your lab and classroom. Typically, these classes are held on a Saturday-Sunday, based on availability of instructor and appropriate lab/classroom facilities. Minimum enrollment is 25; maximum enrollment determined by campus facilities.

Price includes shipment of all chemicals, devices, and course materials to the school; travel costs for staff; and return-shipment of any unopened chemicals. The school must supply some lab equipment that cannot be shipped, including glassware, electronic balances, and hot plates. Please call for details.

Remote Boot Camps are a wonderful opportunity for pharmacy schools to increase their participation in compounding pharmacy and enable students to complete the Boot Camp course with the added convenience of no travel and cost savings. In addition, professional student organizations that organize and host a Remote Boot Camp can use the event as an effective fundraiser!

For more information, please contact Bindhu Batra, PharmD, at the PCCA Institute: 800.331.2498. Requests for hosting Remote Boot Camps for the 2013-2014 school year are now being accepted!

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Advanced Compounding Training Program

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The course has two components: an online component containing ten modules on advanced and applied concepts of pharmaceutical compounding, and a two-day laboratory experience that will introduce the student to unique dosage forms and equipment.

The course will begin by introducing students to the various dosage forms used in pharmaceutical compounding. Materials cover the interrelationships between the physical and chemical aspects of compounding, the acceptable techniques of preparing individual prescriptions, as well as the regulatory guidelines available governing this practice. Students will learn to determine which dosage forms are appropriate dependent on the needs of the patient. Students will interact with other enthusiastic students as they attempt to solve “real world” case studies and learning how compounding is an integral part of a pharmaceutical care practice. The course will also touch upon compounding as a business opportunity. (In the past, some colleges have awarded credit hours for this course at their discretion; please check with your school's Dean's office to determine whether this is an option for you.)

Note: Enrollment is limited to students who have completed the PCCA Introductory Compounding Laboratory Boot Camp.

Course Enrollment: To register for the online / hands-on Advanced Compounding course, click here. Registration fee is $945.00 USD.

Required Textbook: Applied Pharmaceutics in Contemporary Compounding. Robert Shrewsbury, Morton Publishing Company, Englewood, CO, 2008.

Dr. Shrewsbury's book is available at Morton Publisher Company's website.

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Advanced Compounding Training Program (Laboratory Component ONLY)

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Students may also choose to sign up for the laboratory portion only. The laboratory component will be conducted at the PCCA facility in Houston, Texas. The laboratory component will consist of a two-day, hands-on experience that includes the compounding of various advanced dosage forms such as tablet triturates, rapid dissolve tablets, and rectal rockets. The hands-on laboratory exercises aim to reinforce the entire learning experience. Guest lectures on unique topics will also be presented within the lab component.

Prerequisite: Introductory Compounding Student Boot Camp

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Veterinary Compounding Training Program

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The course has two components: an online home study containing ten modules on veterinary pharmacotherapy as related to compounding, and a two-day laboratory experience that will focus on non-sterile compounding for different animal species.

The online component will begin by introducing students to veterinary drug information resources, anatomy and physiology of animals, and legal and ethical requirements of compounding for animals. The course will then take an in-depth look at disease states and drug therapy for various species including canine, feline, equine, and exotics. The course trains students in comprehensive veterinary pharmacotherapy and applications to compounding for veterinary patients. Students will complete online reading assignments, case studies, and other coursework to further enhance their learning. (In the past, some colleges have awarded credit hours for this course at their discretion; please check with your school's Dean's office to determine whether this is an option for you.)

Note: Enrollment is limited to students who have completed the PCCA Introductory Compounding Laboratory Boot Camp.

Course Enrollment: To register for the online / hands-on Veterinary Compounding course, click here. Registration fee is $945.00 USD.

Required Textbook: no textbooks are required for this course. However, it is strongly recommended that you have access to the following reference, whether through a library, a local veterinarian's office or compounding pharmacy, or by purchasing your own copy.

Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook, 7th Edition. Donald C. Plumb, Blackwell Publishing Professional, Ames, IA, 2008. ISBN: 0-8138-0518-X

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Veterinary Compounding Training Program (Online Component ONLY)

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The veterinary pharmacotherapy online component will begin by introducing students to veterinary drug information resources, anatomy and physiology of animals, and legal and ethical requirements of compounding for animals. The course will then take an in depth look at disease states and drug therapy for various species including canine, feline, equine, and exotics. The course trains the students in comprehensive veterinary pharmacotherapy and applications to compounding for veterinary patients. Reading assignments and online course work will facilitate the generation of a learning experience.

Required Textbook: No textbooks are required for this course. However, it is strongly recommended that you have access to the following reference, whether through a library, a local veterinarian's office or compounding pharmacy, or by purchasing your own copy.

Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook, 7th Edition. Donald C. Plumb, Blackwell Publishing Professional, Ames, IA, 2008. ISBN-10: 0470959649

Prerequisite: Introductory Compounding Student Boot Camp

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