Critical Care Pharmacy

The BPS Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist (BCCCP) program is a credential for pharmacists who have met the eligibility criteria below and specialize in the delivery of patient care services as integral members of interprofessional teams, working to ensure the safe and effective use of medications in critically ill patients.

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

  • Quickly assessing clinical data and delivering direct patient care to the critically ill and injured patient who may require specialized pharmacologic or technological interventions to maintain blood pressure, respiration, nutrition, and other homeostatic functions, in addition to helping to manage the patient’s primary condition.
  • Reviewing, analyzing, and frequently reassessing multifaceted clinical and technological data to make reasoned decisions for patients with life-threatening conditions and complex medication regimens whose pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic parameters differ substantially from the non–critically ill patient.


BPS Critical Care Pharmacy Specialty Brochure

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

The minimum requirements for Critical Care 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 critical care pharmacy activities as defined by the Critical 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 two (2) additional years of practice (post-pharmacist licensure) with at least 50% of time spent in critical care pharmacy activities as defined by the Critical Care 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 critical 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 Critical Care Pharmacy Specialty Certification Examination.

Examination Content

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

  • Domain 1: Clinical Skills and Therapeutic Management  (66% of the examination)
  • Domain 2: Practice Administration and Development  (15% of the examination)
  • Domain 3: Information Management and Education  (19% of the examination)

Recertification

Pharmacists who earn the designation Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist® (BCCCP) 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 Critical Care Pharmacy Specialty in their seventh year following initial certification; OR
  • Earning 100 hours of continuing education credit provided by the joint program offered by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and/or the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Critical Care 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 BCCCP may participate in recertification offerings from any of the BPS-approved critical care pharmacy providers.

Board Certified Critical 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.