Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program, 6th Edition

Mission Statement: PSAP-VI provides pertinent pharmacotherapeutic updates to enhance and assess the practice skills of pharmacists.

Program Goals and Target Audience

PSAP-VI is a series of continuing education activities for home study, designed to provide pharmacists with new, previously unpublished material on contemporary topics related to pharmacotherapy. PSAP-VI is not a textbook, nor does it provide overall reviews of topics. Rather, the series presents the latest information on specific topics. The program allows pharmacists to develop and assess their knowledge in the science and application of pharmacotherapy and to enhance their educational competence in this specialty, with an emphasis on providing quality pharmaceutical care. PSAP-VI will:

  • Assist other structured programs (e.g., staff development, external Pharm.D., postgraduate training programs) in upgrading the clinical competence of clinical pharmacy generalists;
  • Assist advanced-level clinical practitioners and pharmacotherapy specialists in maintaining their clinical competence; and
  • Assist pharmacotherapy specialists in meeting qualifications for recertification.
PSAP-VI Information

No other source provides as much information as PSAP-VI, information that can be put to use immediately to provide quality patient care and improve patient outcomes. The program is designed as a self-assessment tool to enhance your clinical skills at your own pace and keep you informed of current therapeutic opinions and updated standards of practice.

PSAP-VI covers 15 therapeutic areas in a series of 11 home-study books. For the full schedule of Books with tables of contents, sample chapters, faculty, and contact hours for each module, click here.

Each book includes peer-reviewed chapters containing current, relevant information within a therapeutic area. Each chapter includes updates on critical pharmacotherapy, annotated references and additional resources for further study, and multiple choice self-assessment questions written in case-study format. Answers to and detailed rationale for the self-assessment questions are available online to PSAP-VI subscribers.

New Features for PSAP-VI
  • Online testing
  • Electronic answer books
  • Shorter, more concise chapters
  • Expanded annotated bibliographies

PSAP subscribers can choose to receive books in print or online format; tests are taken through a Web-based testing program. Answer books are available online as a downloadable PDF after participants complete the post test or submit a waiver form. In response to subscriber feedback, PSAP-VI chapters are more concise than in previous editions and focus on information released only during the past 3–5 years. In addition, the number of Annotated Bibliography references has been expanded because subscribers found them to be a valuable practice resource.

Continuing Pharmacy Education Credit

The American College of Clinical Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The number of continuing education (CE) contact hours earned for successfully completing the PSAP post test varies with each book. Continuing pharmacy education credit for each PSAP-VI book is available for 3 years after the date of release.

To receive Continuing Pharmacy Education credit for a PSAP-VI module, the post test for that module must be completed online and submitted for scoring. Continuing pharmacy education credit is awarded for test scores of 50% or greater. The answers to each continuing education post test are made available in electronic format to participants after they complete the test. After submitting a PSAP-VI post test, re-enter the online education center and click on the test you submitted. You will see your test with correct and incorrect answers identified. You will also see a hyperlink to a PDF file with the correct answers and explanations for that test. Continuing education statements of credit are processed and mailed within 10 business days of receipt of an ACPE test (see below for processing times for BCPS tests). The exception to this 10-day processing is the 3-month period after a book is released. Statements of ACPE credit are mailed after the BCPS tests have been processed.

To submit a post test, visit the Online Education Center

To receive detailed answers to PSAP-VI questions without submitting a continuing education test, fill out the online waiver form for that book. By completing this form, you waive the opportunity to receive CE credit for that book. Once you submit the waiver, you will be redirected to a PDF with the answers to the post test you waived. Waiver statements will be processed and mailed within 10 business days of receiving the waiver form.

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) Recertification Continuing Education

Subscribers submitting a PSAP-VI post test for BCPS recertification credit have a 3-month window of opportunity (the period after the release of the book) to submit the post test for recertification. Refer to the first page of each print and online book for the deadline to submit online tests for CE credit toward BCPS recertification.

Tests submitted for BCPS recertification credit will be processed and results mailed within 60 days of the published due date. Only completed tests are eligible for credit; no partial or incomplete tests will be processed. The passing point for BCPS recertification credit is based on a statistical analysis of the test results for each book. If you receive a passing score, that information will be forwarded to BPS and a statement of continuing pharmacy education/BCPS recertification credit will be sent to you.

To submit a post test, visit the Online Education Center

PSAP Online

PSAP online books are identical in content to the print version, with a number of digital enhancements including, searchable text, hyperlinked bookmarks, and anytime/anywhere access. To access online courses, you will need a login and password. Within 2 business days of purchase, an e-mail confirmation will be sent to you along with a login and instructions on how to set up a password.

PSAP-VI Release Schedule and Contact Hours

Book 1: Cardiology
Release Date: January 15, 2007
BCPS Expiration Date: April 16, 2007
ACPE Expiration Date: January 31, 2010
Cardiology I
5.5 contact hours
Cardiology II
7.0 contact hours
Cardiology III
8.0 contact hours

Book 2: Nephrology
Release Date: April 16, 2007
BCPS Expiration Date: July 16, 2007
ACPE Expiration Date: April 30, 2010
Nephrology I
5.0 contact hours
Nephrology II
5.0 contact hours
Nephrology III
5.0 contact hours

Book 3: Neurology and Psychiatry
Release Date: July 16, 2007
BCPS Expiration Date: October 11, 2007
ACPE Expiration Date: July 31, 2010
5.5 contact hours
Psychiatry I
5.0 contact hours
Psychiatry II
5.0 contact hours

Book 4: The Science and Practice of Pharmacotherapy
Release Date: October 15, 2007
BCPS Expiration Date: January 15, 2008
ACPE Expiration Date: October 31, 2010
The Science and Practice of Pharmacotherapy I
8.0 contact hours
The Science and Practice of Pharmacotherapy II
5.0 contact hours

Book 5: Infectious Diseases
Release Date: January 15, 2008
BCPS Expiration Date: April 15, 2008
ACPE Expiration Date: January 31, 2011
Infectious Diseases I
6.5 contact hours
Infectious Diseases II
5.0 contact hours

Book 6: Pulmonary and Critical Care
Release Date: April 15, 2008
BCPS Expiration Date: July 15, 2008
ACPE Expiration Date: April 30, 2011
6.0 contact hours
Critical Care I
8.0 contact hours
Critical Care II
6.5 contact hours

Book 7: Women's and Men's Health
Release Date: July 15, 2008
BCPS Expiration Date: October 15, 2008
ACPE Expiration Date: July 31, 2011
Women's and Men's Health I
6.0 contact hours
Women's and Men's Health II
8.0 contact hours
Women's and Men's Health III
6.5 contact hours

Book 8: Health Promotion and Maintenance
Release Date: October 15, 2008
BCPS Expiration Date: January 15, 2009
ACPE Expiration Date: October 31, 2011
Health Promotion and Maintenance I
5.0 contact hours
Health Promotion and Maintenance II
3.0 contact hours
Health Promotion and Maintenance II
3.5 contact hours

Book 9: Gastroenterology/Nutrition
Release Date: January 15, 2009
BCPS Expiration Date: April 15, 2009
ACPE Expiration Date: January 31, 2012
Gastroenterology I
7.0 contact hours
Gastroenterology II
6.5 contact hours
8.0 contact hours

Book 10: Oncology
Release Date: April 15, 2009
BCPS Expiration Date: July 15, 2009
ACPE Expiration Date: April 30, 2012
Oncology I
6.5 contact hours
Oncology II
6.0 contact hours
Oncology III
7.0 contact hours

Book 11: Chronic Illnesses
Release Date: July 15, 2009
BCPS Expiration Date: October 15, 2009
ACPE Expiration Date: July 31, 2012
Chronic Illnesses I
6.5 contact hours
Chronic Illnesses II
5.5 contact hours
Chronic Illnesses III
6.0 contact hours