Cardiology Pharmacy Fact Sheet

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Cardiology Pharmacy focuses on disease prevention and treatment, including evidence-based medication use and related care that improve both short- and long-term outcomes for patients.

The BPS Board Certified Cardiology Pharmacist (BCCP)® will have the advanced knowledge and experience to review, analyze and monitor multifaceted clinical information to make reasoned decisions for patients with multiple comorbidities and highly complex medication regimens. The first BPS Cardiology Pharmacy Specialty Certification Examination will be administered in the fall of 2018.

To successfully become a BPS Board Certified Cardiology Pharmacist® (BCCP), a candidate must:

  • Graduate 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; and
  • Hold a current, active license to practice pharmacy in the U.S. or another jurisdiction; and
  • Complete 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; or
  • Complete a PGY-1 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; or
  • Complete a specialty (PGY-2) residency* in cardiology pharmacy; and
  • Achieve a passing score on the Cardiology Pharmacy Specialty Certification Examination.

Recertification is required every seven years 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.

Becoming BPS board certified enables pharmacists to:

  • Provide more comprehensive and complex patient care;
  • Be prepared to step into pharmacy’s evolving position on the multidisciplinary treatment team;
  • Improve their standing in a competitive employment market; and
  • Be recognized for their expertise by other healthcare professionals, employers, patients and insurers

 

Board certification through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties® is the gold standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels. Through the rigorous examination standards mandated by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties®, the BPS board certified pharmacist is uniquely trained and educated to meet the continually expanding expectations of other healthcare team members and the specialized needs of the patients they care for.