Washington, D.C. – The results of the fall 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 2,846 out of 4,897 candidates successfully passed certification examinations in 11 specialties currently offered by BPS: ambulatory care pharmacy, cardiology pharmacy, critical care pharmacy, geriatric pharmacy, infectious diseases pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, nutrition support pharmacy, oncology pharmacy, pediatric pharmacy, pharmacotherapy, and psychiatric pharmacy.
“BPS is proud to recognize these specialists, including those new specialists in cardiology and infectious diseases 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.
Fall 2018 certification and recertification examination results by specialty:
|Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP)||338 of 550 (61%) candidates||33 of 43 (77%) candidates|
|Board Certified Cardiology Pharmacist (BCCP)||180 of 239 (75%) candidates||No candidates|
|Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist (BCCCP)||286 of 345 (83%) candidates||No candidates|
|Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP)||169 of 436 (39%) candidates||51 of 75 (68%) candidates|
|Board Certified Infectious Diseases Pharmacist (BCIDP)||468 of 577 (81%) candidates||No candidates|
|Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist (BCNP)||5 of 6 (83%) candidates||2 of 3 (67%) candidate|
|Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist (BCNSP)||38 of 57 (67%) candidates||8 of 8 (100%) candidate|
|Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist (BCOP)||192 of 323 (59%) candidates||18 of 23 (78%) candidates|
|Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist (BCPPS)||100 of 172 (58%) candidates||No candidates|
|Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS)||1,337 of 2,071 (65%) candidates||130 of 163 (80%) candidates|
|Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP)||71 of 121 (59%) candidates||22 of 35 (63%) candidates|
Two examination windows are offered each year; in the spring and fall. Registration for the spring 2019 examinations will open on January 7, 2019 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 to advanced practices given the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification. BPS currently recognizes more than 41,000 active pharmacist certifications in 11 specialties.
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