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Over 28,000 Pharmacists Worldwide are Now BPS Board Certified

Washington, D.C. – The results of the fall 2016 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 2,195 out of 3,492 pharmacists passed the exams in the eight specialties currently offered by BPS: ambulatory care pharmacy, critical care pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, nutrition support pharmacy, oncology pharmacy, pediatric pharmacy, psychiatric pharmacy and pharmacotherapy. There are now 28,652 BPS board certified pharmacists worldwide.

“BPS wants to recognize these pharmacists who are now part of a distinct community of professionals who are on the leading edge of patient care.” said BPS Executive Director, William M. Ellis, MS, RPh.

“Approaching 30,000 board certified pharmacists marks important progress for the role of the pharmacist in providing patient care,” said BPS 2017 Chair, Harold Godwin. These results show the remarkable progress in partnering with the profession to position BPS as an organization to serve as the Umbrella organization for Board Certification for the Pharmacy Profession.”


Fall 2016 Certification and Recertification Exam Results By Specialty

  • Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacists (BCACP) – 264 of 414 candidates were certified in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy (64% passing rate).
  • Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacists (BCCCP) – 307 of 373 candidates were certified in Critical Care Pharmacy (82% passing rate).
  • Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacists (BCNP) – 2 of 4 candidates were certified (50% passing rate)
  • Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacists (BCNSP) – 24 of 36 candidates were certified (67% passing rate) and 24 of 27 candidates were recertified in Nutrition Support Pharmacy (89% passing rate).
  • Board Certified Oncology Pharmacists (BCOP) – 154 of the 268 candidates were certified (57% passing rate) and 19 of 24 candidates were recertified in Oncology Pharmacy (79% passing rate).
  • Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialists (BCPPS) – 146 of 234 candidates were certified in Pediatric Pharmacy (62% passing rate).
  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialists (BCPS) – 1,240 of the 2,079 candidates were certified (60% passing rate) and 147 of 160 candidates were recertified in Pharmacotherapy (92% passing rate).
  • Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacists (BCPP) – 58 of 84 candidates were certified (69% passing rate) and 17 of 22 candidates were recertified in Psychiatric Pharmacy (77% passing rate).

BPS offers two testing windows each year; one in the spring and one in the fall. Registration for the fall 2017 examinations will open on May 8, 2017 and will close on August 1, 2017 and can be accessed through the BPS website at



The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) was established in 1976 as an autonomous division of the American 9Pharmacists Association (APhA). The mission of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties is to improve patient care and increase awareness of the need for BPS Board Certified Pharmacists as integral members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills in pharmacy and specialty board certification and recertification of pharmacists throughout the world.

Board Certification through BPS has become recognized as the gold standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels as a result of the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification. Today over 30,000 pharmacists worldwide hold BPS certification.


Keith McAllister
(202) 223-7180