Pediatric Pharmacy


The BPS Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist (BCPPS)  program is a credential for pharmacists who have met the eligibility criteria below and who in their unique practice ensure safe and effective drug use and optimal medication therapy outcomes in patients up to 18 years of age.

The purpose of the BCPPS program is to validate that the pharmacist has the advanced knowledge and experience to optimize outcomes for pediatric patients by:

  • Providing patient care to children, including providing alternative dosage forms and specialized drug therapy monitoring required for pediatric patients.
  • Advocating for and educating children and their families about medications.
  • Promoting wellness, health, and other activities that advance knowledge in pediatric pharmacy for both patients and other health care providers.

BPS Pediatric Pharmacy Specialty Brochure

Eligibility Requirements (all practice eligibility requirements must be met prior to the candidate sitting for the examination)

The minimum requirements for Pediatric Pharmacy specialty certification are:

  • Graduation from a pharmacy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or a program outside the U.S. that qualifies the individual to practice in the jurisdiction.
  •  Current, active license to practice pharmacy in the U.S. or another jurisdiction.
  •  Completion of four (4) years of practice experience (post-pharmacist licensure) with at least 50% of time spent in pediatric pharmacy activities as defined by the Pediatric Pharmacy Content Outline. **Practice experience should be from within the past seven years prior to the application date.  
    OR
  • Completion of a PGY1 residency * plus two (2) additional years of practice (post-pharmacist licensure) with at least 50% of time spent in pediatric pharmacy activities as defined by the Pediatric Pharmacy Content Outline. **Practice experience should be from within the past seven years prior to the application date. 
    OR
  • Completion of a specialty (PGY2) residency* in pediatric pharmacy. *Effective January 1, 2013, only residency programs accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) or new residency programs granted Candidate Status for accreditation by ASHP are creditable for this purpose. And
  • Achieving a passing score on the Pediatric Pharmacy Specialty Certification Examination.

Examination Content

(Refer to the Pediatric Pharmacy Content Outline for details.)

  • Domain 1: Patient Management 58%
  • Domain 2: Practice Management 20%
  • Domain 3: Information Management and Education 18%
  • Domain 4: Public Health and Advocacy 4%
  • Total 100%

Recertification

Pharmacists who earn the designation Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist® (BCPPS) will be required to maintain their certification over a seven year period by completing one of the following professional development activities:

  • Achieving a passing score on the 100-item, multiple-choice objective recertification examination (administered by BPS), based on the content outline for the Pediatric Pharmacy Specialty in their seventh year following initial certification; OR
  • Earning 100 hours of continuing education credit provided by the professional development programs offered by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and/or the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and/or the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group. Pediatric Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Courses offered by any of the approved providers may only be completed for recertification credit up to two times, in nonconsecutive years, during the 7-year recertification cycle.

**To achieve the 100 hour requirement, the BCPPS may participate in recertification offerings from any of the BPS-approved pediatric pharmacy providers.

Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialists® are also required to pay the BPS Annual Certification Maintenance fee of $125 each year for years one through six and a $400 recertification fee in year seven.

Individuals with more than one BPS certification will only be assessed one BPS Annual Certification Maintenance Fee each year.