Overview

The American College of Apothecaries is an organization of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, marketers, pharmacy students, organizations, and corporations who work together to advance the profession of pharmacy.
ACA was founded in 1940 and has a long tradition of supporting independent retail pharmacists. As a smaller organization, we encourage and foster personal relationships among our Fellows and members. ACA also has a history of supporting pharmacy education and training. Our ACPE-accredited compounding classes and webinars are open to the entire industry, not just members. Training courses offered by ACA feature small class sizes, hands-on instruction in our state of the art lab, and unbiased presentations with multiple product lines and equipment. Courses have been updated for 2020 to include the latest developments and to meet new state standards.
Other educational services offered by ACA include customized and on-site courses located at the participant’s own pharmacy and ACPE accreditation for third-party providers of continuing education, including individuals, companies, and organizations.
For more information on membership in ACA and ACA educational events is available online at acainfo.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/ACA1940.


Advanced Pharmaceutical Compounding

October 14-15, 2022 ADVANCED PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOUNDING is an accredited 15 hour (1.5 CEUs) practice-based course designed for pharmacists, technicians, and marketers who want to learn more advanced compounding skills and techniques for the community patient. Both non-sterile and sterile dosage forms will be covered however emphasis will be placed on non-sterile dosage forms. Physicians an...
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Basic Compounding and Calculations Home Study

The overall goal of this 12-hour knowledge-based program is to provide the pharmacists and technicians with a review of the calculations they will need to make in order to prepare the variety of medications their patients may need to attain the greatest therapeutic actions from their medications with the fewest undesirable side effects. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians all compound medica...
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Compounding for Podiatry Home Study

This is a 4.5-hour knowledge-based learning program, participants will review many of the common podiatric ailments that may be treated with customized, compounded medications.  The pathophysiology of these ailments is outlined along with mechanisms of action of the active pharmaceutical ingredients used and appropriate dosage forms. Suggested formulations to treat each condition are also...
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Compounding for the Veterinary Patient Home Study

In this 6-hour knowledge-based home study learning program, participants will review the regulations of veterinary medicine and recommendations for veterinary compounding, as well as the challenges in compounding for a veterinary patient. Participants will explore ways to help patients and owners by adjusting dosage strength, customizing dosage forms, and tailoring ingredient selection by anima...
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Comprehensive Sterile Compounding

December 1-3, 2022 COMPREHENSIVE STERILE COMPOUNDING is an accredited 3-day, 20-hour (2.0 CEUs) practice-based course designed for pharmacists and technicians who are experienced in compounding. Completion of the Fundamental Compounding Course is recommended. Physicians and other health care professionals are welcome to attend. This course will also provide initial aseptic training for pha...
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Dermatological Compounding Home Study

This is a 5-hour knowledge-based home study learning program, designed for compounding pharmacists and technicians that will cover the definition and discussion of creams, emulsions, ointments, pastes, gels, PLOs, solutions, lotions, powders, and bases (semi-solid and commercially available). This module also covers compendial requirements (microbial content, minimum fill, quality control, p...
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Fundamental Compounding with Pharmacy Law

November 10 - 12, 2022 FUNDAMENTAL COMPOUNDING is an accredited 3-day course that combines a 20-hour (2.0 CEUs) practice-based course with a 1 hour (0.1 CEU) knowledge-based course in Fundamental Compounding Law. This course is designed for pharmacists, technicians, and students who are new to compounding or who have had training in the past but want a refresher. Physicians and other healt...
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Hazardous Drug Handling - Primer for Pharmacy Personnel Home Study

This 6-hour knowledge-based home study learning program, designed for pharmacy technicians and pharmacists will review regulations and standards concerning handling hazardous drugs. An understanding of these regulations and standards will permit participants to incorporate best practices in the workplace and ensure the safety of compounded hazardous preparations and the personnel who handle them...
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NAPRA Overview of Non-sterile Compounding Home Study

This 6.0 CE hour knowledge-based home study learning program is designed for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who compound non-sterile preparations under the authority of NAPRA. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be familiar with the standards necessary to evaluate their practice, and able to develop service-related procedures and implement appropriate quality controls for b...
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Non-sterile Compounding Home Study

This is a 10-hour knowledge-based home study learning program, designed for compounding pharmacists and technicians that will provide a broad overview of nonsterile compounding, including the regulations and standards that apply, along with discussions of each of the typical dosage forms prepared by compounders. The calculations module provides detailed explanations and examples and is a gu...
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PEERx: Pharmacy Ethics Continuing Education Series

Ethics Module 1: Priority of Pharmacy Ethics in Healthcare Ethics in pharmacy is priority for those that work in any area of pharmacy practice. Pharmacy personnel should have a basic understanding of the ethical principles that are recognized by pharmacy leadership. By engaging in conversations about ethics and being familiar with historical examples in pharmacy where ethics were breached, phar...
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Pharmacists Education on CBD & Cannabinoids Symposium: On-Demand

Earn up to 11 hours of continuing education when you purchase the 2021 Pharmacists Education on CBD & Cannabinoids Symposium Bundle, originally presented March 19-20, 2021. The Pharmacists Education on CBD & Cannabinoids Symposium brought together pharmacists, medical professionals, scientists, legal and regulatory professionals for a two-day intensive focus on this critical topic. ...
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Quality Compounding Summit: On-Demand

Earn up to 9 hours of continuing education focused on quality issues in compounding when you purchase the 2021 Quality Compounding Summit Bundle originally presented November 5-6, 2021. Quality Compounding Summit 2021 Bundle - only $450 CE Session #1 - NABP Implementation of the FDA Compounding MOU CE Session #2 - Pharmacist / Provider / Patient Triad: A Multidisciplinary Approach t...
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Veterinary Compounding Essentials

October 28 - 29, 2022 VETERINARY COMPOUNDING ESSENTIALS is an accredited 15-hour (1.5 CEUs) practice-based course that introduces pharmacists, technicians, and marketers to veterinary pharmacy compounding. The program provides fundamental techniques for effectively growing the veterinary compounding practice, including calculations, proper safety practices, hands-on compounding, and marketing...
American College of Apothecaries

Veterinary Pharmacy Conference 2021: On-Demand

Originally Presented June 11-12, 2021 The ACVP Veterinary Pharmacy Virtual Conference is the only national conference designed exclusively for community veterinary pharmacy. Ideal for both new and established veterinary pharmacy practices, this conference is designed for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and presents the latest in clinical and practical topics, as well as ample opportunit...
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Veterinary Pharmacy Virtual Conference 2020: On-Demand

Originally Presented June 26-27, 2020 Join ACVP at the Annual Veterinary Pharmacy Conference— in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACVP has decided to bring you our Veterinary Pharmacy Conference virtually this summer. All you need to do is register, login, and get ready to connect and learn. The ACVP Veterinary Pharmacy Virtual Conference is the only national conference designed exc...
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WEBINAR: 2022 Legal Update

Compounding pharmacists and practitioners must remain aware of ongoing legal and regulatory developments to tailor their practices accordingly and avoid disciplinary actions and/or disruptions to business. This presentation will review recent agency guidance, interpretations, and stakeholder responses for both human and veterinary compounding practices. This session was initially presented ...
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WEBINAR: A Guide for Pharmacies Negatively Impacted by COVID-19: Financial Relief Tools and New Business Opportunities

This presentation will assist pharmacies in finding much needed funding and financial relief during these emergent times and be able to remain open and appropriately staffed to care for patients. The presentation will detail not only financial tools and products that exist, but also other forms of relief from expenses and debt that are available to pharmacy providers. Finally, the program will a...
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WEBINAR: ABC's of Nutritional Pharmacy Bundle

Earn up to 3.5 hours of continuing education focused on Nutritional Pharmacy when you purchase the ABCs of Nutritional Pharmacy Bundle, originally presented on February 25, 2022 at the 2022 ACA | ACVP | PPHI Annual Conference & Expo. Webinar 1: Vitamins Fact or Fiction: Functionally Using Nutrients to Impact Positive Patient Outcomes, Jeff Robins, RPh, FACA Many of our patients ea...
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WEBINAR: An Overview of CBD in Pet Patients

After completing this activity, pharmacists and technicians will have a better understanding of using hemp derived CBD products in their animal patients. Pharmacists and technicians will be able to differentiate between the various formulations of products derived from hemp and understand what components help insure a quality CBD product.
American College of Veterinary Pharmacists

WEBINAR: ¡Viva la farmacia! Basic Medical Spanish for the Community Pharmacy

This webinar will help introduce pharmacists and technicians to basic words, phrases, and concepts to help provide more culturally and linguistically appropriate care for the Spanish-speaking patient population. This webinar is designed for participants with little to no Spanish language experience, but participants of all levels of Spanish language experience are welcome to participate. Lear...
American College of Apothecaries

WEBINAR: CBD and Drug Interactions - What Pharmacists Need To Know

Drug interactions have always been a complicated issue for health care providers. Since more than half of U.S. adults regularly take prescription medications and at least 75% of Americans take at least one over-the-counter product along with their prescription meds, the currently increasing use of CBD products makes the Pharmacists drug monitoring role even more difficult. With each passing d...
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WEBINAR: CBD Trends Made Simple: What You Need to Know About the Growing Cannabidiol Market

Cannabidiol (CBD) products are flooding the market at an alarming rate. Many consumer stakeholders are excited about this new product line, while providers such as pharmacies, natural health food stores, and other retailers are casting a watchful eye; torn between developing market strategies to meet demand while also watching for state and federal regulatory oversight. This webinar will discuss...
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WEBINAR: Data Gaps in Aquatic Pharmacology: Identifying Challenges and Needs

Administering medications to animals living in an aquatic environment poses unique challenges compared to their terrestrial counterparts. This talk will review the basic considerations when choosing and administering medication to fish and sharks and identify areas where we lack scientific data to support our medication choices. Medication behavior and its relationship to filtration and other en...
American College of Veterinary Pharmacists

WEBINAR: Deciphering Small Animals Antibiotics

This presentation will re-emphasize previous antibiotic knowledge learned in school and provide a new learning opportunity to learn about antibiotics specifically related to small animals. This presentation will lead attendees to gain confidence in consulting with veterinarians about antibiotic choices and better their knowledge of common small animal antibiotics. The American College of Apo...
American College of Veterinary Pharmacists

WEBINAR: Expanding Pharmacy Proficiency in Transgender Care

Originally presented Monday, October 19, 2020 Throughout pharmacy, there have been gaps identified in the sensitivity training and literature available to pharmacy caregivers. The first half of this presentation will first provide cultural awareness and sensitivity training to improve interactions with this diverse patient population. The second half will provide education on transgender drug...
American College of Apothecaries

WEBINAR: GFI #256 - Implications of the Next Round of FDA Compounding Guidance

Compounding with bulk chemicals (APIs) for animal patients has been in a regulatory void since November 2017 when FDA abruptly withdrew its compounding guidance and did not replace it. In November 2019, FDA released a draft of proposed guidance for Industry addressing how FDA intends to apply enforcement discretion to pharmacists and veterinarians using APIs to compound for animal patients. In t...
American College of Veterinary Pharmacists

WEBINAR: HIV Specialty Pharmacy Outcomes: Past, Present & Future Outlook for 2020

An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV. As more patients require specialty pharmacist care, this places additional pressure on the pharmacist to meet the needs of the growing population, as well as demonstrating to payers, PBMS, manufacturers, and accreditation organizations through outcomes data and reporting that the therapies are worth the high costs and lead...
Pharmacists Public Health Initiatives

WEBINAR: Long Walk Out of the Woods: A Physician's Story of Addiction, Depression, Hope, and Recovery

Share my story of addiction recovery to normalize seeking help while working in the medical profession. To distinguish mental health and addiction. Discuss the barriers and obstacles in the way. How can we all advocate for change? This session was initially presented at the 2022 ACA | ACVP | PPHI Annual Conference & Expo held on February 23-26, 2022.
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WEBINAR: Medical Spanish for Patient Education in the Community Pharmacy

This webinar will help pharmacists and technicians be able to utilize Spanish to improve their provision of patient education to Spanish-speaking patients in the community practice setting. During the webinar, participants will have opportunities to practice translating prescription directions from English to Spanish and learn key phrases for providing patient education in Spanish. This webinar ...
American College of Apothecaries

WEBINAR: Mental Health for the Pharmacy Workforce Bundle

Earn up to 2 hours of continuing education focused on Mental Health when you purchase the Mental Health for the Pharmacy Workforce Bundle, originally presented on February 24, 2022, at the 2022 ACA | ACVP | PPHI Annual Conference & Expo. 1. "Long Walk Out of the Woods: A Physician's Story of Addiction, Depression, Hope and Recovery", Adam Hill, MD 2. "Burnout, Patient Safety, and the Roa...
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WEBINAR: Metronomic Chemotherapy: Hope vs. Hype

Metronomic chemotherapy has become quite popular with oncologists and general practitioners. There are some basic scientific data addressing its mechanism of action, however, the vast amount of data is purely retrospective in nature. These studies vary in drug dosage and protocols used making assessment between studies challenging. On top of this, there are no good surrogate markers for efficacy...
American College of Veterinary Pharmacists

WEBINAR: Putting Science in Practice: New Concept to Get Paid for Pharmacy Services

The current payment paradigm for reimbursement of pharmacy services may soon play less of a role in the community pharmacist’s business model if it does not disappear completely. Monolithic organizations with logistical expertise are poised to enter the realm of community pharmacy practice and disrupt this model as they have in other retail worlds. What will be presented is a new method of del...
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WEBINAR: Rabbits, Ferrets, and Birds - Oh My! Anatomy and Physiology Considerations for Our Smallest Patients

Small exotics frequently require medications that are compounded into appropriate strengths and dosage forms. However, these species are often the ones pharmacists are least familiar with. This session will cover some of the important anatomy and physiology differences when treating small exotics versus dogs and cats. At the end of the session, participants will be better prepared to be a collab...
American College of Veterinary Pharmacists

WEBINAR: Recognizing Cardiometabolic Syndrome in Community Pharmacy

Cardiometabolic syndrome (CMS) is a combination of metabolic dysfunctions mainly characterized by insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and central adiposity. CMS is now recognized as a disease entity by the World Health Organization and the American Society of Endocrinology. Community pharmacists are in a perfect position to help guide patients through nutr...
American College of Apothecaries

WEBINAR: Safeguard Your Compounding Pharmacy: Quality Control Tests for Dosage Forms and Common Pitfalls

It is important for compounding pharmacy and outsourcing facility testing programs to align with USP and FDA requirements for sterile and non-sterile dosage forms. Some of the same difficulties pharmacists and technicians face in creating a drug formulation also relate to getting accurate and representative results from quality control testing. Attendees will discover common pitfalls and uncover...
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WEBINAR: The GRAS is Not Always Greener: Providing Toxin-free Drug Therapy to Animal Patients

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians often are the last line of defense in recognizing and preventing potential animal poisoning. Unfortunately, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians traditionally are trained only in human toxicology. To provide competent and confident pharmaceutical care to non-human species, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must possess a working knowledge of species-specif...
American College of Veterinary Pharmacists

WEBINAR: USP <800> Past, Present and Future of this Standard Implemented in our Professions

As healthcare advancements are made so becomes the need for safety measures to protect those who provide care. This event is meant to discuss the history of hazardous drug use in the veterinary profession and what measures we should be considering as we care for people or pets. The American College of Apothecaries (ACA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a pr...
American College of Veterinary Pharmacists

WEBINAR: Veterinary Pharmacotherapy Basics Bundle

The Veterinary Pharmacotherapy Basics Bundle is accredited for 2.0 contact hours (0.2 CEUs) of continuing education credit for pharmacists and technicians. Webinar 1: Not So Tiny Humans: Understanding Anatomy & Physiology of Dogs and Cats Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians dispensing and compounding medications for non-human patients will benefit from learning the pharmacokinetic and...
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WEBINAR: Veterinary Pharmacy for Exotic Animals Bundle

Earn up to 3 hours of continuing education focused on Veterinary Pharmacy when you purchase the Veterinary Pharmacy for Exotic Animals Bundle, originally presented at the 2021 Veterinary Pharmacy Conference and 2021/2022 Annual Conference & Expo. 1. "Data Gaps in Aquatic Pharmacology: Identifying Challenges and Needs", Jamie Torres, DVM 2. "Exotic Pets and Your Im...
American College of Veterinary Pharmacists

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