Making a Difference

For Patients

Improved outcomes in patient care are the primary purpose of specialization in any health care profession. The patient’s personal standard is simple — “How can anyone know which pharmacists are uniquely qualified to monitor my medication plan?” With specialty-trained pharmacists as part of the collaborative care team, enhanced patient satisfaction has been documented with fewer complications in drug treatment, improved laboratory monitoring, reductions in unnecessary medications, and shorter hospital stays resulting in lower treatment costs.

As complex health care issues continue to demand a multidisciplinary approach, patients increasingly will recognize and expect the critical role of the specialty-certified pharmacist in optimal drug therapy.

For BPS Board Certified Pharmacists

As the complexities of patient care multiply and drug regimens become more complex, so does the need for specialized skills. Through the rigorous standards mandated by the BPS for both certification and recertification, the BPS board certified pharmacist is uniquely qualified to provide specialized patient care as an integral member of the healthcare team. Becoming BPS board certified enables pharmacists to differentiate and affirm their knowledge and skills to provide more comprehensive patient care; be prepared to step into pharmacy’s evolving position on the multidisciplinary healthcare team; and be recognized for the expertise by other healthcare professional, employers, patients and insurers.

BPS board certified pharmacists also cite greater marketability, enhanced confidence, improved competence, increased responsibility, and a competitive edge in job placement and advancement.

For Employers

Employers can feel secure that the knowledge base and skill levels of the certified specialists they hire have been thoroughly tested. Many organizations report preferential hiring and will cover payment of BPS exam and recertification fees. After documenting the benefits of choosing credentialed practitioners, a national managed care provider “prefers” and “encourages” specialty certification for certain clinical positions. Key federal agencies offer salary rewards, promotions, and expanded practice opportunities. For some, the BPS certification is the only credential approved for special incentives.

By definition, the BPS board certified pharmacist brings an extra measure of quality to the hiring process with demonstrated initiative and a commitment to professional excellence.

For Other Members of the Healthcare Team

BPS certification is a highly visible credential to colleagues. It signals an elevated level of excellence in specialty practice, often producing increased acceptance by the care team. BPS board certified pharmacists frequently serve as role models to help others become more efficient practitioners. Post certification, pharmacists also report receiving more requests for professional consultations, along with invitations for continuing education and academic presentations.