# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Pharmacy Technician II Task 892628050

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Compound a prescription or medication order.


Compounding an order should include the following steps:
  • Assemble equipment and/or supplies necessary for compounding the prescription or medication order in accordance with USP standards.
  • Demonstrate proper use of all equipment needed to compound the prescription or medication order.
  • Perform calculations required for usual dosage determinations and preparation of compounded IV admixtures.
  • Compound medications (e.g., ointments, reconstituted antibiotic suspensions) for dispensing according to prescription formula or instructions.
  • Prepare sterile products.
  • Prepare chemotherapy.
  • Record preparation and/or ingredients of medications (e.g., lot number, control number, expiration date).
  • Keep all medication containers and supply packages together for the final check by the pharmacist.
  • Dispose of all waste items in accordance with safety standards.

Process/Skill Questions

  • What is the logic of each step in the procedure for cleaning a laminar flow biological safety cabinet?
  • What does the term calibration mean as it refers to equipment commonly used in pharmacy practice?
  • Why is documentation important in compounding?
  • Why are storage and stability information important when compounding a product?
  • What are USP <797> compounding standards?
  • What do the terms TPN, TPA, IVPG, IV, LVP, and piggybacks mean?

Related Standards of Learning

History and Social Science


The student will apply social science skills to understand that in a democratic republic, thoughtful and effective participation in civic life is characterized by

  1. exercising personal character traits such as trustworthiness, responsibility, and honesty;
  2. obeying the law and paying taxes;
  3. serving as a juror;
  4. participating in the political process and voting in local, state, and national elections;
  5. performing public service;
  6. keeping informed about current issues;
  7. respecting differing opinions and the rights of others;
  8. practicing personal and fiscal responsibility;
  9. demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that foster the responsible and respectful use of digital media; and
  10. practicing patriotism.

Other Related Standards

Code of Virginia Statutes Related to Pharmacy Technicians

Va. Code §54.1-3410.2 — Compounding; pharmacists’ authority to compound under certain conditions; labeling and record maintenance requirements


HOSA Competitive Events

Health Science Events


Medical Spelling


Medical Terminology


Medical Math


Knowledge Test: Pharmacology


Health Professions Events


Clinical Specialty


Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Examination Required Knowledge

I. Assisting the Pharmacist in Serving Patients



I.1. Knowledge of federal, state, and/or practice site regulations, codes of ethics, and standards pertaining to the practice of pharmacy


I.2. Knowledge of pharmaceutical, medical, and legal developments which impact on the practice of pharmacy


I.4. Knowledge of pharmaceutical and medical abbreviations and terminology


I.5. Knowledge of generic and brand names of pharmaceuticals


I.6. Knowledge of therapeutic equivalence


I.13. Knowledge of strengths/dose, dosage forms, physical appearance, routes of administration, and duration of drug therapy


I.14. Knowledge of effects of patient’s age (for example, neonates, geriatrics) on drug and non-drug therapy


I.15. Knowledge of drug information sources including printed and electronic reference materials


I.20. Knowledge of practice site policies and procedures regarding prescriptions or medication orders


I.30. Knowledge of medical and surgical appliances and devices (for example, ostomies, orthopedic devices, pumps)


I.32. Knowledge of automated dispensing technology


I.35. Knowledge of purpose for lot numbers and expiration dates


I.36. Knowledge of information for prescription or medication order label(s)


I.50. Knowledge of pharmacy calculations (for example, algebra, ratio and proportions, metric conversions, IV drip rates, IV admixture calculations)


I.51. Knowledge of measurement systems (for example, metric and avoirdupois)


I.54. Knowledge of equipment calibration techniques


I.55. Knowledge of procedures to prepare IV admixtures


I.56. Knowledge of procedures to prepare chemotherapy


I.57. Knowledge of procedures to prepare total parenteral nutrition (TPN) solutions


I.58. Knowledge of procedures to prepare reconstituted injectable and non-injectable medications


I.59. Knowledge of specialized procedures to prepare injectable medications (for example, epidurals and patient controlled analgesic [PCA] cassettes)


I.62. Knowledge of procedures to compound sterile non-injectable products (for example, eyedrops)


I.63. Knowledge of procedures to compound non-sterile products (for example, ointments, mixtures, liquids, emulsions)


I.65. Knowledge of aseptic techniques (for example, laminar flow hood, filters)


I.66. Knowledge of infection control procedures


I.67. Knowledge of requirements for handling hazardous products and disposing of hazardous waste


I.73. Knowledge of confidentiality requirements


Virginia Administrative Code Regulations Governing the Practice of Pharmacy

18VAC110-20-411 — General Requirements


18VAC110-20-412 — Policy and Procedure Manual


18VAC110-20-413 — Physical and equipment requirements for pharmacies preparing sterile products


18VAC110-20-414 — Labeling requirements


18VAC110-20-415 — Quality Assurance


18VAC110-20-416 — Regualtions for Sterile Compounding