Recertification by Continuing Education

The requirements using continuing education are listed below. Please note, candidates who become board certified in the Spring cannot begin accumulating CE hours until December 31 of that year.

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy

BCACP recertifying via continuing education are required to earn 100 hours of continuing education credit provided by the joint program offered by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and/or the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). BCACP may participate in recertification from both BPS-approved providers.

The Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course 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.

Please note, BPS revised the recertification policy and removed the restriction which prohibited individuals from earning more than a specified number of hours in the first three or four years of the certification cycle. For more information regarding the revised policy, please click here.

You can download a BCACP Professional Development chart by clicking here.

Cardiology Pharmacy

BCCP recertifying via continuing education are required to earn 100 hours of continuing education credit provided by the joint program offered by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

The Cardiology Pharmacy Specialty Recertification Course 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.

Candidates should note that there are expiration dates associated with earning BPS recertification credit.  BPS will only award recertification credit for modules based on the completion and submission date of the post-test assessment.  For example, a module completed and submitted on October 20 of a particular year will only be credited for that year, even if the due date of the post-test is in January of the following year.

Compounded Sterile Preparations Pharmacy

BCSCP recertifying via continuing education are required to earn 100 hours of continuing education credit provided by the professional development programs offered by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and/or the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP).

The Compounding Sterile Preparations Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course offered by any of the approved providers may only be completed for recertification credit up to two times, in nonconsecutive years, during the seven-year recertification cycle.

Candidates should note that there are expiration dates associated with earning BPS recertification credit. BPS will only award recertification credit for modules based on the completion and submission date of the post-test assessment. For example, a module completed and submitted on October 20 of a particular year will only be credited for that year, even if the due date of the post-test is in January of the following year.

Critical Care Pharmacy

BCCCP recertifying via continuing education are required to earn 100 hours of continuing education credit provided by the program offered by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and/or the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and/or the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

The Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course 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.

Candidates should note that there are expiration dates associated with earning BPS recertification credit. BPS will only award recertification credit for modules based on the completion and submission date of the post-test assessment. For example, a module completed and submitted on October 20 of a particular year will only be credited for that year, even if the due date of the post-test is in January of the following year.

You can download a BCCCP Professional Development chart by clicking here.

Geriatric Pharmacy

BCGP recertifying via continuing education are required to earn 100 hours of credit provided by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and/or the joint program offered by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).

The Geriatric Pharmacy Specialty Recertification Course-Live or Online offered by ASHP/ACCP OR The Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist Exam Preparation Boot Camp Course-Live or Online offered by ASCP may only be completed for recertification credit up to two times, in nonconsecutive years, during the 7-year recertification cycle.

You can download the approved Continuing Education Transition Plan for all current Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacists by clicking here.

Infectious Diseases Pharmacy

BCIDP recertifying via continuing education are required to earn 100 hours of continuing education credit provided by the joint program offered by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and/or the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP).

The Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Specialty Preparatory Review and Recertification Course 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.

Candidates should note that there are expiration dates associated with earning BPS recertification credit. BPS will only award recertification credit for modules based on the completion and submission date of the post-test assessment. For example, a module completed and submitted on October 20 of a particular year will only be credited for that year, even if the due date of the post-test is in January of the following year.

Nuclear Pharmacy

On January 2016, Purdue University College of Pharmacy assumed responsibility as the BPS Professional Development Provider for the recertification of Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacists (BCNP).  Along with this new addition, BPS would also announced an update in the continuing education requirement for recertification in Nuclear Pharmacy.  Effective January 2016, all Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacists recertifying via continuing education will be required to earn 100 hours over the 7-year certification period towards recertification in this specialty area.  Note, pharmacists who attained BCNP prior to January 2016, this requirement will not apply to your current certification cycle.  Once you have completed the recertification process for your current cycle, your next cycle in this specialty will fall under these new guidelines and requirements. Therefore, you will be required to earn 100 hours of continuing education over the new 7-year period in order to be eligible for recertification.

You can download the approved Continuing Education Transition Plan for all NEW and CURRENT Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacists by clicking here.

More information on Purdue University’s professional development program for BCNP recertification can be found here.

Nutrition Support Pharmacy

Beginning in January 2017, Purdue University College of Pharmacy will assume responsibility as the BPS Professional Development Provider for the recertification of Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacists (BCNSP). Along with this new addition, BPS would also like to announce an update in the continuing education requirement for recertification in Nutrition Support Pharmacy.

Effective January 1, 2017, all newly Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacists will have the option of recertifying via the Recertification Exam OR 100 hours of recertification CE over the 7-year certification period through Purdue University.

All Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacists certified between 2009 and 2015 can download the approved Continuing Education Transition Plan by clicking here.

More information on Purdue’s professional development program for BCNSP recertification can be found here.

Oncology Pharmacy

BCOP recertifying via continuing education are required to earn 100 hours credit by the joint program offered by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and/or the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA).

The Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review Course for Recertification offered by any of the approved providers must be completed at least once, but no more than three times, for recertification credit in nonconsecutive years, during the 7-year recertification cycle.

You can download a BCOP Professional Development chart by clicking here.

Pediatric Pharmacy

BCPPS recertifying via continuing education are required to earn 100 hours of continuing education credit provided by the professional development programs offered by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and/or the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and/or the Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA).

The Pediatric Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course 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.

Candidates should note that there are expiration dates associated with earning BPS recertification credit.  BPS will only award recertification credit for modules based on the completion and submission date of the post-test assessment.  For example, a module completed and submitted on October 20 of a particular year will only be credited for that year, even if the due date of the post-test is in January of the following year.

You can download a BCPPS Professional Development chart by clicking here.

Pharmacotherapy

BCPS recertifying via continuing education are required to earn 120 hours of continuing education credit provided by the professional development programs offered by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and/or the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). You can download a BCPS Professional Development chart by clicking here.

To complete the 120-hour requirement, BCPS may participate in recertification from both BPS-approved providers. The Pharmacotherapy Review and Recertification Course 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.

Please note, BPS revised the recertification policy and removed the restriction which prohibited individuals from earning more than a specified number of hours in the first three or four years of the certification cycle. For more information regarding the revised policy, please click here.

Psychiatric Pharmacy

The BPS-approved professional development program for Psychiatric Pharmacy is currently offered by the American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists (AAPP). The professional development program consists of three components: the BCPP Review and Recertification Course; the BCPP Literature Analysis; and the BCPP Recertification Live/Online Programming. Contact AAPP for further information.

BCPP recertifying via continuing education are required to earn 100 hours of continuing education credit from this program.

In November 2021, BPS voted to change the recertification requirement for the Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialty from “must” to “may” complete the Psychiatric Pharmacy Review Course offered by AAPP at least once, but no more than two times, in nonconsecutive years, during the 7-year recertification cycle. Please note that if you have already completed the Psychiatric Pharmacy Review Course once or twice during your recertification cycle, it will count towards your 100 hours, as any other CE. This policy revision is now effective for all current and future BCPPs.

The Review Course is revised and released every other year on the even year (2014, 2016, etc.). Given this revision cycle, individuals cannot repeat the current edition of the Review Course for BCPP or ACPE credit.

More information about AAPP’s approved CE program can be found here.

Solid Organ Transplantation Pharmacy

The Board approved a two-year self-reported CPE recertification model for Board Certified Transplant Pharmacists (BCTXP) to bridge the time between the first specialists being recognized and the upcoming BPS Recertification RFP, with potentially new recertification options becoming available in 2024.

As part of this transition plan, successful completion of any ACPE-accredited continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activities that align with the Solid Organ Transplantation Pharmacy Specialty content outline can be used towards recertification hours. Certificants must self-report at least five hours, but no more than 15 hours annually during the transition window (1/1/2022 to 12/31/2023).

Self-reported CPE activities must align with the BCTXP Content Outline in order to be accepted. Following the two-year transition window, those holding the BCTXP credential must use the recertification pathway approved as part of the RFP process to complete the recertification requirements during the remainder of their recertification cycle, beginning January 1, 2024 through the recertification year. Please note that in 2024, BPS will name approved recertification providers who will offer assessed continuing education options.

To self-report your CPE, you will need to click the “Report CE” link available on your MyBPS profile dashboard. Please note that by submitting self-selected solid organ transplantation CPE credits, certificants are attesting that all information submitted is accurate, true, and in compliance with BPS requirements, as described on the BPS website and within the BPS Recertification Guide. Self-selected solid organ transplantation CE records are subject to random audit and certificants with deficiencies noted in their record are subject to penalty, which may include the disqualification of some or all self-reported CPE activities and/or suspension or revocation of certification.