if i get it paid off next year WASHINGTON, DC – The NCCA recently accredited the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Certification Program for a five-year period.  The first board certification examination for Ambulatory Care Pharmacy was administered in 2011 and this marks the first time the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Certification had applied for NCCA accreditation.

In addition, BPS certifications in Nuclear Pharmacy, Nutrition Support Pharmacy, Oncology, Psychiatric Pharmacy and Pharmacotherapy were re-accredited for a five-year period by NCCA. There are now 19,433 BPS board certified pharmacists in the six specialties listed above.

BPS received NCCA accreditation of the above programs by submitting an application demonstrating each program’s compliance with the NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs.  NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance).  Since 1977, the NCCA has been accrediting certifying programs based on the highest quality standards in professional certification to ensure the programs adhere to modern standards of practice in the certification industry.  There are more than 270 NCCA-accredited programs that certify individuals in a wide range of professions and occupations including nurses, financial professionals, respiratory therapists, counselors, emergency technicians, crane operators and more.  NCCA uses a peer review process to: establish accreditation standards; evaluate compliance with these standards; recognize programs which demonstrate compliance; and serve as a resource on quality certification.

BPS Executive Director, William Ellis notes, “NCCA accreditation is an important benchmark of quality and demonstrates a commitment to excellence in administering a professional certification program on the part of the certifying agency.” Current BPS Chair, Sharon Durfee, RPh, BCNSP added, “ BPS is strongly committed to the NCCA accreditation process and their certification standards because we have an obligation to the public, board certified pharmacists and other stakeholders to administer a program that utilizes best practices in governance.”


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