First Spring Testing Window Utilized by 1300 Candidates
Washington, D.C. – The results of the Spring 2014 BPS specialty certification and recertification exams were announced today by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties® (BPS), the premier post-licensure certification organization serving the pharmacy profession.
A total of 747 out of 1300 pharmacists passed the exams in the six specialties currently offered by BPS: ambulatory care pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, nutrition support pharmacy, oncology pharmacy, psychiatric pharmacy and pharmacotherapy. The aggregate passing rate for the Spring testing window was 57%. There are now 19,433 BPS board certified pharmacists.
To meet that demand for pharmacists who are BPS board certified, pharmacists had the opportunity to take the BPS certification and recertification exams between April 24 and May 10, 2014. BPS now offers two testing windows each year; one in the Spring and one in the Fall. Registration for the Fall examination is now open and can be accessed through the BPS website at www.bpsweb.org. The Fall registration deadline is August 1, 2014 and examinations will be offered from September 18 to October 4, 2014 at over 250 locations worldwide.
“BPS congratulates all of the pharmacists who achieved a passing score on the 2014 Spring specialty exams,” said BPS Executive Director, William Ellis. “BPS board certification distinguishes those pharmacists who are uniquely prepared to meet the continually expanding expectations of other healthcare team members and the specialized needs of the patients they care for.”
“BPS board certification has had a very positive impact on my career because this credential validates my specialized qualifications and level of knowledge to help ensure the health and welfare of my patients.” said BPS 2014 Chair, Sharon Durfee, RPh, BCNSP. “My colleagues in medicine and nursing understand the rigor of the board certification process and they consider this a marker of quality in the delivery of patient care.”
- Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacists (BCACP) – 120 of the 188 candidates were certified for the first time in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy. (64% passing rate)
- Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacists (BCNP) – 5 of 6 candidates were certified for the first time. (83% passing rate)
- Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacists (BCNSP) – 10 of 13 candidates were certified for the first time (77% passing rate) and all 3 who sat for the recertification exam passed. (100% passing rate)
- Board Certified Oncology Pharmacists (BCOP) – 51 of the 120 candidates were certified for the first time (43% passing rate) and 3 of 4 were recertified by examination. (75% passing rate)
- Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialists (BCPS) – 528 of the 928 candidates were certified for the first time (57% passing rate) and 10 of 10 passed the recertification examination.(100% passing rate)
- Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacists (BCPP) – 16 of 27 candidates were certified for the first time
(59% passing rate) and 1 pharmacist was recertified by examination. (100% passing rate)