BPS-Approved Professional Development Program for BCOP Recertification

In 2005, the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) approved a professional development program that can be used by Board Certified Oncology Pharmacists (BCOP) as an alternative to recertification by examination. The program is offered by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) in conjunction with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA). ACCP, as the official provider approved by BPS, records and reports recertification credit earned in this program directly to BPS.

The professional development program consists of three components to provide those BCOPs who require recertification credit the opportunity to earn the required number of hours. The three components of the program are:

  1. Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review Course.
  2. Oncology Pharmacy Home Study Syllabus.
  3. Oncology Pharmacy Specialty Sessions.

Each component includes a Web-based self-assessment test. Each component is priced separately. BCOPs may select from among these components, each of which will be available annually, to earn the required number of hours during their recertification cycles. Each program component is described below.

Note: The Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review Course must be successfully completed at least one time during the recertification cycle, and no more than three times during the cycle.

The Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review Course

The Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review Course is offered annually and available for recertification credit. The course content is based on the BPS domains and related tasks and knowledge statements. BCOPs who take the Oncology Review Course and successfully complete the Web-based self-assessment examination by the established deadline will earn at least 20.0 hours of oncology recertification credit. Actual hours available through the course will vary from year to year, based on the course content and structure.

Note: BCOPs will be required to successfully complete the review course at least once during their seven-year recertification period and may take the course for recertification credit no more than three times during the recertification period.

2014 Course Availability

BCOPs may attend the live course, to be presented May 1-3, 2014, in Washington, D.C., or complete the home study version of the course, made available on about July 1, 2014. The home study version of the course is available in both online/Web-based version and as a CD-ROM and workbook package. Both the live and home study formats of the course include access to a Web-based self-assessment test. BCOPs who take the course and successfully complete the self-assessment test will earn at least 20.0 hours of recertification credit. The Web-based self-assessment test must be submitted by November 30, 2014 to be eligible for recertification credit. Registration for the live course will be available at www.accp.com in February 2014.

Oncology Pharmacy Home Study Syllabus

The Oncology Pharmacy Home Study Syllabus consists of a collection of print articles from the primary literature that focuses on advances across the four domains of oncology specialty practice. BCOPs who read each article included in the Home Study Syllabus and successfully complete the Web-based self-assessment examination on the content of the articles will earn 15.0 hours of recertification credit. The Home Study Syllabus is updated annually and available by July of each year.

2014 Home Study Syllabus Availability

The 2014 Home Study Syllabus will be made available for recertification credit in May 2014. The Web-based self-assessment examination for the Home Study Syllabus must be submitted by November 30, 2014 to be eligible for recertification credit.

More information on the 2014 Oncology Pharmacy Home Study Syllabus will be available in 2014.

Oncology Pharmacy Specialty Sessions

The Oncology Pharmacy Specialty Sessions are live educational programs that focus on new developments in oncology pharmacy. On an annual basis, BCOPs may earn at least 5.0 recertification hours for the live educational programming following successful completion of a Web-based self-assessment examination. Actual hours available through live programming may vary from year to year, based on the content of the programming

The Oncology Pharmacy Specialty Sessions are updated annually and are presented at the Annual Meeting of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), and repeated at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and at the Midyear Clinical Meeting of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). BCOPs who wish to earn recertification credit for the Oncology Pharmacy Specialty Sessions must register and attend one of these meetings and attend the specialty sessions in full at the meeting in order to purchase access to the Web-based post test. Upon successful completion of the post test, BCOPs will earn at least 5.0 hours of recertification credit. Partial credit is not available. The self-assessment examination must be submitted by December 31, 2014.

2014 Oncology Pharmacy Specialty Session Availability

In 2014, the Oncology Pharmacy Specialty Sessions will be presented first during the 2014 HOPA Annual Meeting, March 26–29 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Specialty Sessions will be repeated at the 2014 ACCP Annual Meeting, October 12–15, in Austin, Texas and at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, December 7–11, in Anaheim, California. The content of the Specialty Sessions will be the same at each meeting. Visit the Web sites of the organizations for more information on the Specialty Sessions as information becomes available. HOPA: www.hoparx.org; ACCP: www.accp.com; ASHP: www.ashp.org.

Professional Development Program Schedule

The components of the professional development program have been structured to provide BCOPs who are due to recertify the opportunity to earn sufficient recertification hours to satisfy the requirements established by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), the certifying agency. The program credit requirements for recertification as established by BPS will be phased in over the next several years. The following grid presents the phase-in schedule, as well as the minimum number of recertification credit hours to be made available, by year, for each component of the program. BCOPs may select from among these components, each of which will be available annually, to earn the required number of hours during their recertification cycles.

Note: The Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review Course must be successfully completed at least one time during the cycle, and no more than three times during the cycle.

Recertification Credit Requirements Established by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties
BCOP Certified In Recertification Date Hours Required by BPS
19983,1999 12/31/06 35
2000 12/31/07 55
2001 12/31/08 70
2002 12/31/09 85
2003 and beyond Seven years from certification 100


Recertification Credit Available Annually, by Program Component
Calendar Year Preparatory Review Course1 Home Study Syllabus Specialty Sessions2 Total Hours
2005 29.0 0 0 29.0
2006 28.0 15.0 6.0 49.0
2007 28.0 15.0 6.0 49.0
2008 28.0 15.0 6.0 49.0
2009 28.0 15.0 6.0 49.0
2010 25.5 15.0 6.0 46.5
2011 25.5 15.0 6.0 46.5
2012 27 15.0 6.0 48
2013 27 15.0 6.0 48
2014 and beyond 20.0 (projected) 15.0 (projected) 6.0 (projected) 40.0 (projected)

1BCOPs must complete the Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review Course at least once, but no more than three times, during their recertification cycle.
2Future consideration will be given to expanding the number of hours offered annually, if warranted by participant interest.

For more information regarding the Oncology Recertification Program please contact ACCP at (913) 492-3311 or send an e-mail inquiry to accp@accp.com.

Additional Information

Registration for the 2014 Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review Course will be available at www.accp.com in February 2014.

For more information regarding the Oncology Recertification Program please contact ACCP at (913) 492-3311 or send an e-mail inquiry to accp@accp.com.