Board Certification and Recertification

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) currently recognizes the following eight specialty practice areas:

  • Ambulatory Care Pharmacy
  • Critical Care Pharmacy
  • Nuclear Pharmacy
  • Nutrition Support Pharmacy
  • Oncology Pharmacy
  • Pediatric Pharmacy
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Psychiatric Pharmacy

The American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) offers preparatory review courses for five of the specialties: Ambulatory Care Pharmacy, Critical Care Pharmacy, Pediatric Pharmacy, Oncology Pharmacy, and Pharmacotherapy.

ACCP also offers BPS-approved recertification professional development programs for three of the specialties: Oncology Pharmacy (in conjunction with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association), Pharmacotherapy, and Ambulatory Care Pharmacy.

ACCP Efforts to Expand Pharmacy Specialty Recognition
ACCP has established a web page to help members learn more about the specialist recognition process and to track the College’s progress toward achieving recognition of new clinical pharmacy specialties.

ACCP Preparatory Review Resources
ACCP Preparatory Review Courses ACCP Preparatory Review Webinars

ACCP Pharmacotherapy Mock Exam
Launched in 2012, the ACCP Pharmacotherapy Mock Exam is a 200-item question bank based on the domains, tasks and knowledge statements outlined in the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) content outline. Developed and reviewed by board-certified clinical pharmacists, the ACCP Pharmacotherapy Mock Exam provides a personalized analysis on the performance of the participant. This analysis includes the amount of time spent on each question and the types of questions most frequently missed or skipped by the participant. An answer key containing explained answers and references is also provided for further study. This tool is ideal for anyone studying for the Pharmacotherapy board exam, especially those who want to learn more about their potential strengths and weaknesses in preparing for the exam. To purchase the most current ACCP Pharmacotherapy Mock Exam, visit the ACCP Bookstore.

ACCP Recertification Resources
ACCP Recertification Professional Development Programs

ACCP Recertification Planning Tool
The new ACCP Recertification Dashboard assists the BCPS, BCACP, or BCOP by compiling earned recertification credits; tracking new credits as they are earned; and scheduling new opportunities for credits from upcoming ACCP professional development programs. Types of credit and their sources are identified by a color-coded bar graph for instant identification of recertification credit status.

BPS Resources
BPS Brochure BPS Guides

BPS guides provide information on certification examinations and recertification requirements for each of the recognized specialties. For other BPS guides and additional information, visit the BPS Web site at www.bpsweb.org.

BPS Contact Information
Board of Pharmacy Specialties
2215 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20037
Telephone: (202) 429-7591
Fax: (202) 429-6304
E-mail: bps@aphanet.org
www.bpsweb.org

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