Washington, D.C. – The results of the spring 2018 BPS certification and recertification examinations were announced today by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), the premier post-licensure certification organization serving the pharmacy profession. A total of 1,971 out of 3,111 candidates successfully passed certification examinations in the nine specialties currently offered by BPS: ambulatory care pharmacy, critical care pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, nutrition support pharmacy, oncology pharmacy, pediatric pharmacy, psychiatric pharmacy, geriatric pharmacy, and pharmacotherapy.
“BPS is proud to recognize these specialists, who have committed to continuous professional development in order to provide the highest quality patient care,” stated BPS Executive Director, William M. Ellis, MS, RPh.
Said 2018 BPS Chair, Andrea Iannucci, PharmD, BCOP, “It is inspiring to see the continued growth of pharmacy specialty certification, not only in the United States, but around the world. Board certification is an indicator of a pharmacist’s individual professional commitment to providing the highest level of patient care. BPS looks forward to seeing continued growth in the coming year with the addition of the Cardiology and Infectious Diseases Specialties.”
Spring 2018 certification and recertification examination results by specialty:
|Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP)||230 of 370 (62%) candidates||13 of 14 (93%) candidates|
|Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist (BCCCP)||210 of 252 (83%) candidates||No candidates|
|Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP)||109 of 251 (43%) candidates||13 of 15 (87%) candidates|
|Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist (BCNP)||4 of 4 (100%) candidates||1 of 1 (100%) candidate|
|Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist (BCNSP)||26 of 38 (68%) candidates||1 of 1 (100%) candidate|
|Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist (BCOP)||161 of 251 (64%) candidates||9 of 12 (75%) candidates|
|Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist (BCPPS)||78 of 127 (61%) candidates||No candidates|
|Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS)||1,021 of 1,619 (63%) candidates||32 of 43 (74%) candidates|
|Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP)||56 of 101 (55%) candidates||8 of 12 (67%) candidates|
Two examination windows are offered each year; in the spring and fall. Registration for the fall 2018 examinations is open now and until August 1, 2018 and can be accessed at www.bpsweb.org.
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 BPS is to improve patient care by positioning BPS Board-Certified Pharmacist Specialists as integral members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams, through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills for pharmacists in the United States and internationally. Board certification is a recognized credential for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels given the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification. BPS currently recognizes more than 38,000 active pharmacist certifications in nine specialties.
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