Washington, D.C. – The results of the Spring 2017 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 2,092 out of 3,257 pharmacists passed the exams in the nine specialties currently offered by BPS: ambulatory care pharmacy, critical care pharmacy, geriatric pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, nutrition support pharmacy, oncology pharmacy, pediatric pharmacy, psychiatric pharmacy and pharmacotherapy. There are now 33,790 BPS board certified pharmacists worldwide.
“Health care providers and the systems they work in are becoming increasingly accountable for the quality of the care delivered to patients. An important part of this accountability involves certification, the steady increase in the number of BPS approved specialties and the pharmacists who hold them supports this focus.” said BPS Executive Director, William M. Ellis, MS, RPh.
|Ambulatory Care Pharmacy (BCACP)|
|Certification: 212 Pass; 114 Fail; 326 Total (65% Pass Rate)|
|Critical Care Pharmacy (BCCCP)|
|Certification: 238 Pass; 42 Fail; 280 Total (85% Pass Rate)|
|Geriatric Pharmacy (BCGP)|
|Certification: 357 Pass; 91 Fail; 448 Total (79.7% Pass Rate)|
|Recertification: 55 Pass; 2 Fail; 57 Total (96.5% Pass Rate)|
|Nuclear Pharmacy (BCNP)|
|Certification: 3 Pass; 4 Fail; 7 Total (43% Pass Rate)|
|Recertification: 0 Pass; 0 Fail; 0 Total (0% Pass Rate)|
|Nutrition Support Pharmacy (BCNP)|
|Certification: 28 Pass; 12 Fail; 40 Total (70% Pass Rate)|
|Recertification: 9 Pass; 0 Fail; 9 Total (100% Pass Rate)|
|Oncology Pharmacy (BCOP)|
|Certification: 135 Pass; 93 Fail; 228 Total (59% Pass Rate)|
|Recertification: 5 Pass; 3 Fail; 8 Total (63% Pass Rate)|
|Pediatric Pharmacy (BCPPS)|
|Certification: 95 Pass; 71 Fail; 166 Total (57% Pass Rate)|
|Certification: 960 Pass; 586 Fail; 1,546 Total (62% Pass Rate)|
|Recertification: 38 Pass; 6 Fail; 44 Total (86% Pass Rate)|
|Psychiatric Pharmacy (BCPP)|
|Certification: 64 Pass; 28 Fail; 92 Total (70% Pass Rate)|
|Recertification: 4 Pass; 2 Fail; 6 Total (67% Pass Rate)|
*As of July 2017 adjusted for non-renewals, retirements, and deceased pharmacists at the end of 2016.
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.