Washington, DC – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) has voted to adjust the eligibility requirements for the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) examination effective January 1, 2018. The revised eligibility criteria 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 two (2) years of practice experience (post-pharmacist licensure) with at least 50% of time spent in geriatric pharmacy activities as defined by the Geriatric Pharmacy Content Outline. **Practice experience should be from within the past seven years prior to the application date.
- Achieving a passing score on the Geriatric Pharmacy Specialty Certification Examination.
The change will now require that the two years of practice experience include 50% or more of the time spent in geriatric pharmacy. Each eligibility requirement has been selected to support the purpose of the credential:
EDUCATION – Minimal educational requirements have been established for certification eligibility to address the depth and breadth of knowledge and skill required to achieve competency to provide services in a safe and effective manner.
EXPERIENCE- Minimal practice requirements have been established for certification eligibility to address the depth and breadth of knowledge application and skill required to achieve competent specialty practice.
EXAMINATION- Applicants are required to pass the credential-specific examination to demonstrate that their training and education are sufficient to provide the level of care defined by the specialty-specific content outline.
BPS Executive Director, William Ellis commented; “Each eligibility requirement has been established to ensure that individuals certified by BPS have an acceptable level of experience, knowledge and skill needed to demonstrate healthcare-specific competency and a commitment to patient safety in varied settings.”
About The Board of Pharmacy Specialties ®
The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) was established in 1976 as an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists 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 BPS recognizes eleven pharmacy specialties and over 31,000 pharmacists worldwide hold BPS certification.