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First Administration of the Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Certification Examination Announced for 2023

Registration for the certification examination opens in January of 2023

 

Washington, DC – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) is pleased to announce the first examination in the Emergency Medicine Pharmacy specialty area will begin in 2023. Registration for the certification examination will open on January 4, 2023. Registration will close on March 18, 2023. The first testing window will be open between April 3, 2023 to May 1 2023.

 

“We are excited to launch the newest BPS specialty area to pharmacists interested in achieving their board certification in emergency medicine pharmacy. We look forward to congratulating the inaugural cohort of BCEMPs!” said BPS Executive Director, William M. Ellis, MS, RPh, ICE-CCP.

 

The purpose of the BCEMP program is to validate that the pharmacist has the advanced knowledge and experience to optimize patient outcomes by ensuring quality patient care; improving therapeutic outcomes; ensuring safety; and supervising, training, and ensuring competency of all personnel involved in emergency medicine.

 

“There is an increasing need for emergency medicine pharmacists in health systems, so the debut of this specialty certification will allow pharmacists to demonstrate their knowledge and competency to practice in emergency medicine pharmacy.” said Chair of BPS Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Specialty Council, Chris Edwards, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP.

 

The eligibility requirements for the Emergency Medicine Pharmacy specialty certification are:

  • Graduation from a pharmacy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or a program outside the U.S. that qualifies the individual to practice in the jurisdiction.
  • A current, active license/registration to practice pharmacy in the U.S. or another jurisdiction.
  • Demonstration of practice experience1 in one of three ways:
    • At least four years of Emergency Medicine Pharmacy practice experience1 within the past seven years, with at least 50% of time spent in the scope defined by the exam content outline; or
    • Successful completion of PGY1 pharmacy residency2 within the past seven years, plus at least two years of Emergency Medicine Pharmacy practice experience1 with at least 50% of time spent in the scope defined by the exam content outline; or
    • Successful completion of PGY1 pharmacy residency2 plus successful completion of an ASHP-accredited/candidate status PGY2 pharmacy residency in Emergency Medicine Pharmacy within the past seven years.

1All applicants intending to demonstrate eligibility for any BPS certification examination utilizing the practice experience pathway must provide an attestation from their employer, on company letterhead, that verifies this experience accurately represents at least 50% of time spent in some or all of the activities defined by the applicable certification content outline. In addition, this practice experience must have occurred within the seven years immediately preceding the application. For more information, click here. A sample employer verification letter is available here: Sample.

2American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited/candidate status PGY1 pharmacy residency, residencies accredited under the ASHP Accreditation Standard for International Pharmacy Practice Residency Programs, or Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board (CPRB)-accredited Year 1 pharmacy residency.

 

More information on the Emergency Medicine Pharmacy specialty certification can be found here. For information on certification examinations offered by BPS, candidates can visit this page.

 

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 has currently issued more than 55,350 certifications held by pharmacists across 14 specialties.

 

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