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Design Considerations of a Compounded Sterile Preparations Course
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (2016)
  • Eric C Nemec, II, Sacred Heart University
  • Christine Petraglia, Western New England University
  • Melissa J. Mattison, Western New England University
Objective. To design a comprehensive learning and assessment environment for the practical application of compounded sterile preparations using a constructivist approach.

Design. Compounded Sterile Preparations Laboratory is a required 1-credit course that builds upon the themes of training aseptic technique typically used in health system settings and threads application of concepts from other courses in the curriculum. Students used critical-thinking skills to devise appropriate strategies to compound sterile preparations.

Assessment. Aseptic technique skills were assessed with objective, structured, checklist-based rubrics. Most students successfully completed practical assessments using appropriate technique (mean assessment grade=83.2%). Almost all students passed the practical media fill (98%) and gloved fingertip sampling (86%) tests on the first attempt; all passed on the second attempt.

Conclusion. Employing a constructivist scaffold approach to teaching proper hygiene and aseptic technique prepared students to pass media fill and gloved fingertip tests and to perform well on practical compounding assessments.

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Nemec, E.C., Petraglia, C., & Mattison, M.J. (2016). Design considerations of a compounded sterile preparations course. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 80(1). doi:10.5688/ajpe80112