Washington, D.C. – The results of the Spring 2019 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 2,379 out of 3,542 candidates successfully passed certification examinations in the eleven specialties currently offered by BPS: ambulatory care pharmacy, cardiology pharmacy, critical care pharmacy, geriatrics pharmacy, infectious diseases pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, nutrition support pharmacy, oncology pharmacy, pediatric pharmacy, psychiatric 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.
2019 BPS Chair, Peter Koval, PharmD, BCPS, CPP, stated, “The continuous growth of pharmacist board certification demonstrates the importance of these credentials for the profession and the public. BPS looks forward to seeing continued growth in the coming year with the addition of the Compounded Sterile Preparations specialty.”
Spring 2019 certification and recertification examination results by specialty:
|Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP)||281 of 413 (68%) candidates||5 of 12 (42%) candidates|
|Board Certified Cardiology Pharmacist (BCCP)||78 of 125 (62%) candidates||No candidates|
|Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist (BCCCP)||206 of 259 (80%) candidates||No candidates|
|Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP)||102 of 202 (50%) candidates||22 of 29 (76%) candidates|
|Board Certified Infectious Diseases Pharmacist (BCIDP)||187 of 244 (77%) candidates||No candidates|
|Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist (BCNP)||3 of 5 (60%) candidates||No candidates|
|Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist (BCNSP)||35 of 45 (78%) candidates||2 of 3 (67%) candidate|
|Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist (BCOP)||172 of 280 (61%) candidates||10 of 11 (91%) candidates|
|Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist (BCPPS)||81 of 153 (53%) candidates||No candidates|
|Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS)||1,193 of 1,722 (69%) candidates||40 of 54 (74%) candidates|
|Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP)||41 of 94 (44%) candidates||4 of 7 (57%) candidates|
Two examination windows are offered each year; in the spring and fall. Registration for the fall 2019 examinations is open now and until August 1, 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 at advanced practice levels given the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification. BPS currently recognizes more than 42,000 pharmacist certifications across 11 specialties.
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