Nominations for the Warren Weaver/Richard Penna Award, conferred annually upon an individual or organization who has made outstanding voluntary contributions to the advancement of BPS board certification, are open until January 15, 2018.

BPS board certified pharmacists have been improving patient outcomes through specialized care since 1976.

Board certification through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties is recognized as the gold standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels. Through our rigorous standards, the BPS board certified pharmacist stands out as the most qualified to take on today’s expanding expectations of patients, physicians, employers and others who recognize the increasing need for a team approach to healthcare.


2018 BPS Test Dates

The following application and testing windows have been established for 2018:

Spring 2018

The application window opens January 8, 2018 and closes March 16, 2018
The testing window is open between April 20, 2018 and May 6, 2018

Fall 2018

The application window opens May 7, 2018 and closes August 1, 2018
The testing window is open between September 21, 2018 and October 7, 2018

*See Upcoming Deadlines, Dates and Fees for more Information.


BPS Launches Podcast Channel

BPS has established a podcast channel on Soundcloud which features conversations with BPS board certified pharmacists and other experts. Guests discuss their education and training, provide advice on how to overcome career challenges and help board certified pharmacists stand out in today’s highly competitive healthcare marketplace.

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Benefits of BPS Board Certification

Press Releases

BPS Announces Brian Lawson Has Been Appointed To A New Certification Commission Formed By The Association For Strategic Planning (11/20/2017) - Brian Lawson, PharmD, Director of Professional Affairs for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, was voluntarily appointed to a new Certification Commission formed by the Association for Strategic Planning (ASP), it was announced today.
Timothy J. Muckle, Ph.D. and Siddiq Kassam to Join BPS Psychometric Staff (11/2/2017) - The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) announces that Timothy J. Muckle, Ph.D. will be joining the BPS staff as Senior Psychometrician effective October 30, 2017. Dr. Muckle earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, IL and has 17 years of psychometric experience; from 2008 he served as the Senior Director of Testing and Research for the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists.