Beginning with the Fall 2015 Examination window all initial BPS Certification exams will be 175 questions in length. Initial certification candidates will be permitted a total timed testing period as follows:
Recertification examinations remain unchanged and candidates will be allowed a 2.5 hour testing period to complete the 100-item multiple-choice recertification examination.
An analysis of the BPS certification examinations showed very little change in the predicted internal consistency reliability for the 175 question examination compared to the previous 200 question examination. All candidates are reminded to arrive 15 minutes in advance of their scheduled examination time to allow for both check-in and system log-in.
Applications for the Fall 2015 testing window are available now through August 1, 2015: click here to register. Be sure to view the Fall 2015 BPS Candidate's Guide for test dates, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines.
Beginning with the Fall 2015 test administration, the following changes are in effect for all international candidates (those licensed and/or practicing outside of the United States and Canada):
This documentation must be submitted in addition to all documentation submitted as part of the online application. Documentation must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope. English translations are preferred, but not required. Please instruct your university to send all education documentation to:
Board of Pharmacy Specialties
Attn: Steve Scarlata
2215 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037-2985
For more information on the Fall 2015 testing window, please view the Fall 2015 Candidate's Guide.
Click on the image to the right to access the digital version of the BPS 2014 Annual Report. The report features exam statistics, updates on new activities, Specialty Council reports and interactive video segments.
Beginning in Fall 2015, BPS will offer two new specialties — Critical Care Pharmacy and Pediatric Pharmacy. Click on the image to the right to view a brief video on the importance of Critical Care pharmacy specialists.
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BPS seeks Pharmacists to serve on its Specialty Councils ... details
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Board of Pharmacy Specialties Announces Request for Proposals for Professional Development Programs ... details
Board of Pharmacy Specialties Announces New Specialty Council Leadership and Members ... details
Board of Pharmacy Specialties Announces 2015 Officers and New Board Members ... details
Board of Pharmacy Specialties Receives Initial Accreditation of its Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Certification Five Other BPS Certifications receive Re-Accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) ... details
Board of Pharmacy Specialties Issues Draft Discussion Paper or Recognizing Future Specialties and Seeks Input on Structure and Framework ... details