Hospital Pharmacy Crash Course (Including IV Certification)

After teaching the IV certification course for over 5 years we realized that IV Certification does not teach pharmacists anything about IV Administration, Flow rate and dilutions about Injectable drugs. Therefore 10 years ago we developed these combination courses of IV Certification with Hospital Pharmacy Training. So far we are the only company that provides live programs which include hospital pharmacy training.

These courses have been compiled and meticulously designed after working in different hospital pharmacy settings for over 25 years:- dealing with & implementing different computer systems including clinical pharmacy programs, training Pharmacists to assume clinical roles by working independently with Doctors and Nurses to improve patient outcomes, while maintaining financial viability for the organizations.

We designed these courses primarily for retail pharmacists or new pharmacy graduates to prepare them for Hospital Pharmacy Practice, or to provide a jump start for Pharmacist who have just entered the hospital pharmacy arena. The focus of this program is to expose you to the work settings of an acute care hospital pharmacy in a decentralized environment, or a LTAC (long term Acute Care), or a Rehabilitation Hospital. This will also prepare you for an IV Infusion Pharmacy or a Pharmacy setting offering a combination of these services.

We offer pharmacists several choices for Hospital Pharmacy/IV Certification Training, which includes everything in the course outline:

  1. PROGRAM-3 This 3 days, regularly scheduled Hospital Pharmacy Prep Course (P3) is usually offered every month. You can sign up for this course directly on the website if the dates work for you. All the information you need to know about working in a hospital setting is presented in this class and is our most popular program.

  2. PROGRAM-3 (Expedited) You can schedule this 2-day Hospital Pharmacy Prep Course during weekdays after Purchasing and reviewing the Introduction to Hospital Pharmacy Practice Book. It still includes IV Certification and the IV test is done after completion of the 2 day course.

  3. PROGRAM-5 is the 6 days Hospital Pharmacy Crash Course (P-5) which provides one on one training for pharmacists inside a hospital pharmacy setting. Program starts Sunday at 930 am and ends on Friday at 2 pm. Everything you need to know about the hospital pharmacy is covered in this class, including IV Certification with hands on IV training. You must call to schedule your training.

  4. PROGRAM-4 is the 4 days Hospital Pharmacy Crash Course which covers everything in Program-5 at a much faster pace. You must call to schedule your dates.

  5. PROGRAM-6 is a the 2 week Hospital Pharmacy Crash Course for Pharmacy Technicians

  6. PROGRAM-7 is the 2 weeks fellowship program for new graduates or pharmacists with break in employment or are trying to get back into the pharmacy arena.


Course Outline

  • Institutional Pharmacy Practice Settings

  • ADT (Admission, Discharge, Transfer)Medication Reconciliation Medication

  • Orders - Reading and interpreting (major focus), Range Orders, Overriding Orders & unapproved abbreviations

  • Clinical Pharmacy Functions & Chart Review Interpreting relevant Lab Data

  • Computer Order entry including CPOE

  • Drug Distribution systems (cart fill, robot fill, Pyxis fill)

  • Automated Dispensing Systems (Pyxis, Omnicel etc)

  • Hospital Pharmacy Computer Programs

  • Controlled Substances Distribution

  • Look Alike Sound Alike Drugs in a hospital setting

  • Handling High Risk Drugs in hospitals

  • Adverse Drug Reactions monitoring & reporting

  • IV Admixtures National Training

  • Avoiding Medication Errors in a hospital setting

  • National Patient Safety Goals, Core Measures, SCIP & HAC

  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee functions

  • Interviewing tips for a hospital pharmacy job


Clinical Pharmacy Overview

  • Antibiotic Dosing, Monitoring & Renal Adjustments

  • Anticoagulation Dosing, Monitoring & Management

  • Aminoglycosides Dosing, Monitoring & Management

  • Vancomycin Dosing, Monitoring & Management

  • ACLS Drugs, RSI Kits and responding to codes

  • Hyperthermia Kits and contents.

  • TPN Monitoring & Electrolyte Management     

  • IV TO PO Conversion guidelines

  • Renal dosing of Antibiotics

  • Dosing Practice Antibiotics

Introduction to Hospital Pharmacy practice 

  • Introduction to Hospital Pharmacy practice 

  • Hospital practice settings

  • Hospital Regulations, Medication Management Standards, JCAHO, DNV

  • Hospital Drug Distribution, Cart-fill vs Pyxis Fill vs Robot Fill

  • Automatic Stop Orders (ASO), Hard vs Soft Stops

  • Medication Administration Records (MAR)

  • Medication Reconciliation at level of change

  • Range Orders and Overriding Orders.

  • Unapproved abbreviations & PRN indications

  • IV basics, IV Lines & Administration Guidelines

  • Hospital Formulary and Therapeutic Substitutions

Pharmacy Automation

  • Order Management Systems Pyxis Connect, Trust fax, S-fax

  • Automated Dispensing Machines – Pyxis, Omnicell, Medispense

  • Hospital Computer Systems, CPSI, Meditech, RxLink, Medics


  • Pharmacists role in SCIP protocol & Core Measures

  • National Patient safety goals

  • Identifying & reporting ADRS in a hospital

  • Preventing Medication Errors in a Hospital

  • High Risk Drugs & Drips

  • Paralyzing agents

  • ICU critical drugs

  • High Alert Drugs & Drips

  • Malignant Hyperthermia Cart

Pharmacy Order Entry Practice

  • Medication order entry basics do’ and don’ts

  • Medication Order Types – Medication order vs IV order

  • Timing medication order to optimize medication administration.

  • Medication Order verification with CPOE

  • One on One Order entry practice with CPSI computer system.

Course Options (All include 20 Hrs ACPE Credit w/ IV cert.)

A - PROGRAM-3 ($995) 3 days Hospital Rx Prep Course

Everything listed above in a class room setting

B - PROGRAM-4 ($1295) 4 days Hospital Rx Crash Course Expedited

Everything listed above in a Hospital Rx setting (one on one)

C - PROGRAM-5 ($1595) 6 days Hospital Pharmacy Crash Course

Everything listed above in an Acute Care Hospital Pharmacy setting (one on one)

D - PROGRAM-7 ($1995) 2 weeks Fellowship

Everything listed above in an Acute Care Hospital Pharmacy setting

E - PROGRAM-6 ($595) 1 DAY Webinar 1/on/1 (on-Line)

[Webinar (Program-6) does not include IV Certification]