Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) - The results of the 2013 BPS specialty certification and recertification exams were announced today by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties® (BPS), the premier post-licensure certification organization serving the pharmacy profession. A total of 3,247 pharmacists passed the exams in the six specialties currently offered by BPS: ambulatory care pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, nutrition support pharmacy, oncology pharmacy, psychiatric pharmacy and pharmacotherapy. There are now 19,109 BPS board certified pharmacists, which represents an increase of almost 21% from 2012.
"BPS is very pleased with the number of pharmacists who pursued BPS board certification or recertification in 2013,” said BPS Executive Director William M. Ellis. “With intensifying challenges in the delivery of healthcare, coupled with the complexity of medication regimens, the demand for pharmacists who are BPS board certified continues to grow exponentially.”
To meet that demand, starting in 2014 pharmacists will have the opportunity to take the BPS certification and recertification exams in the spring and fall, rather than only once a year. Ellis said that BPS also plans to double the number of specialties over the next four years, including critical care pharmacy and pediatric pharmacy which were recently approved; pharmacists will be able to sit for the certification exams for these two new specialties in the fall of 2015.
As healthcare enters an era of greater accountability, BPS board certification is an important part of the quality assurance process. According to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, when considered with other quality assurance indicators, BPS board certification can be used to objectively determine and validate the ability of pharmacists to manage patients with complex or special medication needs.¹
“Depending on their specialty, BPS board certified pharmacists assist in designing or modifying existing medication regimens; monitor for and prevent adverse medication reactions; customize medication regimens for patients taking multiple medications; and recommend the most effective treatments,” Ellis said.
"BPS congratulates all of the pharmacists who achieved a passing score on the 2013 specialty exams,” said BPS 2013 Chair, Joseph Saseen, PharmD, FASHP, FCCP, BCPS. “Through the rigorous examination requirements mandated by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties®, BPS board certified pharmacists are uniquely prepared to meet the continually expanding expectations of other healthcare team members and specialized needs of the patients they care for.
¹ American College of Clinical Pharmacy Position Statement: “Board Certification of Pharmacist Specialists.” Pharmacotherapy, November 2011.
2013 Certification and Recertification Exam Results By Specialty
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy – 539 of the 753 candidates were certified for the first time since pharmacists first sat for the exam for this specialty in 2012. There are now 1,539 BPS Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacists (BCACP).
Nuclear Pharmacy – 23 of the 30 candidates were certified for the first time and 2 of 3 were recertified by examination, bringing the total number of BPS Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacists (BCNP) to 575.
Nutrition Support Pharmacy – 39 of 54 candidates were certified for the first time and all 41 who sat for the recertification exam passed. There are now 569 Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacists (BCNSP).
Oncology Pharmacy – 227 of the 430 candidates were certified for the first time and 41 of 48 were recertified by examination, bringing the total number of BPS Board Certified Oncology Pharmacists (BCOP) to 1,648.
Pharmacotherapy – 2,353 of the 3,532 candidates were certified for the first time and 133 of 151 passed the recertification examination. There are now 13,961 BPS Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialists (BCPS).
Psychiatric Pharmacy – 66 of 102 candidates were certified for the first time and 18 of 22 were recertified by examination, bringing the total number of BPS Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacists to 824.
About the Board of Pharmacy Specialties®
The Board of Pharmacy Specialties® (BPS) was established in 1976 as an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Board certification through BPS is recognized as the gold standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels. The mission of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties® is to improve patient care and increase awareness of the need for BPS board certified pharmacists as integral members of interprofessional healthcare teams through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills in pharmacy and specialty board certification and recertification of pharmacists throughout the world.