Cardiology Pharmacy

The first examination in Cardiology Pharmacy will be administered in Fall 2018.
The application will open on or about May 1, 2018.

The BPS Board Certified Cardiology Pharmacist (BCCP) program is a credential for pharmacists who have met the eligibility criteria below and specialize in the delivery of direct patient care, as members of interprofessional health care teams, working to ensure safe and effective use of medications in patients with cardiovascular disease.

The purpose of the BCCP program is to validate that the pharmacist has the advanced knowledge and experience to optimize patient outcomes by:

  • Focusing on disease prevention and treatment, including evidence-­‐based medication use and related care that improve both short-­‐ and long-­‐term outcomes for patients.
  • Practicing across the spectrum of care, including ambulatory, acute, and intensive care.
  • Reviewing, analyzing, and monitoring multifaceted clinical information to make reasoned decisions for patients with multiple comorbidities and highly complex medication regimens.

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

The minimum requirements for Cardiology 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.
  • 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 cardiology pharmacy activities as defined by the Cardiology 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 two (2) additional years of practice (post-pharmacist licensure) with at least 50% of time spent in cardiology pharmacy activities as defined by the Cardiology Pharmacy Content Outline. **Practice experience should be from within the past seven years prior to the application date.
    OR
  • Completion of a specialty (PGY2) residency* in cardiology 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 Cardiology Pharmacy Specialty Certification Examination.

Examination Content

(Refer to the Cardiology Pharmacy Content Outline for details.)

  • Domain 1: Patient Management and Therapeutics  (59% of the examination)
  • Domain 2: Information Management and Education (23% of the examination)
  • Domain 3: Practice Development and Administration  (14% of the examination)
  • Domain 4: Public Health and Patient Advocacy (4% of the examination)
  • Total 100%

Recertification

(The Professional Development Programs for the recertification of BCCP have not been approved.)

Pharmacists who earn the designation Board Certified Cardiology Pharmacist® (BCCP) 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 Cardiology Pharmacy Specialty in their seventh year following initial certification; OR
  • Earning 100 hours of continuing education credit provided by a BPS-approved professional development program provider.  Cardiology Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Courses offered by any 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 BCCP may participate in recertification offerings from any of the BPS-approved professional development providers

Board Certified Cardiology 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.