Ambulatory Care Pharmacy

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy addresses the provision of integrated, accessible healthcare services for ambulatory patients in a wide variety of settings, including community pharmacies, clinics and physician offices.

The BPS Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) has the advanced knowledge and expertise to focus on the special needs of patients who may have concurrent illnesses taking multiple medications, and who often administer these drugs themselves or with the assistance of a caregiver at home; provides patient care, developing sustained partnerships with ambulatory patients and practicing in the context of family and community; and integrates care of acute illnesses and exacerbations in the context of chronic conditions.

BCACPs also educate and engage patients in health promotion and wellness; and help to manage patients in between provider visits through treatment assessment, monitoring compliance, refilling prescriptions and patient education.


BPS Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Brochure

Eligibility Requirements (all practice eligibility requirements must be met prior to the candidate sitting for the examination)

The minimum requirements for this 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.
  • Current, active license to practice pharmacy in the U.S. or another jurisdiction.
  • Completion of four (4) years of practice experience (post-pharmacist licensure) with at least 50% of time spent in ambulatory care pharmacy activities as defined by the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Content Outline**Practice experience should be from within the past seven years prior to the application date.

OR

  •  Completion of a PGY1 residency * plus one (1) additional year of practice (post-pharmacist licensure) with at least 50% of time spent in ambulatory care pharmacy activities as defined by the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Content Outline**Practice experience should be from within the past seven years prior to the application date.
      
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  • Completion of a specialty (PGY2) residency * in ambulatory care pharmacy.
    *Effective January 1, 2013, only residency programs accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and completed by the applicant within the past 7 years, or new residency programs granted Candidate Status for accreditation by ASHP are creditable for this purpose.
  • Achieving a passing score on the Ambulatory Care Specialty Certification Examination.

Examination Content – Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Content Outline

(Refer to the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Content Outline for details.)

  • Domain 1: Patient-Centered Care: Ambulatory Care Pharmacotherapy (37% of the examination)
  • Domain 2: Patient-Centered Care: Collaboration and Patient Advocacy (29% of the examination)
  • Domain 3: Translation of Evidence into Practice (14% the examination)
  • Domain 4: Practice Models and Policy (14% of the examination)
  • Domain 5: Population and Public Health (6% of the examination)

Recertification

Pharmacists who earn the designation Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist® (BCACP) will be required to maintain their certification over a seven year period by completing one of the following professional development activities:

  • Achieving a passing score on the 100-item, multiple-choice objective recertification examination (administered by BPS), based on the content outline for the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Specialty in their seventh year following initial certification;Or
  • Earning 100 hours of continuing education credit provided by the professional development programs offered by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and/or the joint program offered by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). No more than 50 hours will be accepted by BPS during the first three years of the certification cycle. Further, Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Courses offered by either of the approved providers may only be completed for recertification credit up to two times, in nonconsecutive years, during the 7-year recertification cycle.

**To achieve the 100 hour requirement, the BCACP may participate in recertification offerings from both BPS-approved ambulatory care pharmacy providers.

Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacists® are also required to pay the BPS Annual Certification Maintenance fee of $125 each year for years one through six and a $400 recertification fee in year seven.

Individuals with more than one BPS certification will only be assessed one BPS Annual Certification Maintenance Fee each year.