Washington, D.C. – The results of the Fall 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 3,659 out of 5,332 candidates successfully passed certification examinations in the twelve specialties currently offered by BPS: ambulatory care pharmacy, cardiology pharmacy, compounded sterile preparations 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 Solid Organ Transplantation specialty.”
Fall 2019 certification and recertification examination results by specialty:
Specialty Initial Certification Recertification
Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) 334 of 548 (61%) candidates 38 of 58 (66%) candidates
Board Certified Cardiology Pharmacist (BCCP)* 61 of 114 (54%) candidates --
Board Certified Compounded Sterile Preparations Pharmacist (BCSCP)* 435 of 482 (90%) candidates --
Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist (BCCCP)* 239 of 327 (73%) candidates --
Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) 155 of 317 (49%) candidates 41 of 62 (66%) candidates
Board Certified Infectious Diseases Pharmacist (BCIDP)* 199 of 272 (73%) candidates --
Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist (BCNP) 4 of 4 (100%) candidates 2 of 4 (50%) candidates
Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist (BCNSP) 42 of 53 (79%) candidates 9 of 9 (100%) candidate
Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist (BCOP) 186 of 325 (57%) candidates 27 of 36 (75%) candidates
Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist (BCPPS)* 125 of 183 (68%) candidates --
Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) 1,449 of 2,140 (68%) candidates 218 of 247 (88%) candidates
Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) 76 of 121 (63%) candidates 19 of 30 (63%) candidates
* There are no candidates due to take the specialty initial recertification examination. Recertification cycle is still in process and not offered for testing yet.
Two examination windows are offered each year; in the spring and fall. Registration for the Spring 2020 examinations will open on January 6, 2020 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 46,000 pharmacist certifications across 12 specialties.
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