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American College of Clinical Pharmacy Professional Development Program for Recertification of Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacists (BCACP)

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) has approved a six-component professional development program, to be developed and delivered by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) for the recertification of Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacists (BCACPs) beginning in 2016.

The six components will provide BCACPs who elect to recertify by continuing education with opportunities for more than the 100.0 hours of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit required over a 7-year period. ACCP will record and report directly to BPS the recertification credit earned by BCACPs in each component.

The six components, available annually (beginning in 2016), are as follows:

  1. Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course
  2. Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Updates Plus Webinar
  3. Ambulatory Care Self-Assessment Program (ACSAP)
  4. From Theory to Practice: Clinical Reasoning Series in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy
  5. Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Management and Patient Advocacy Webinar Series
  6. Fundamentals of Biostatistics and Study Design Workshop

Each component will cover the domains, tasks, and knowledge statements as delineated by the BPS Specialty Council on Ambulatory Care Pharmacy and published in the Content Outline for the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Specialty Certification Examination. BCACPs may select from among these annual components to earn the required number of hours during their certification cycle. Each component, priced separately, will include a Web-based posttest.

The table below summarizes the minimum recertification credit hours offered each year by each program component beginning in January 2016. In total, the program will offer a minimum of 63.0 credit hours toward BCACP recertification each year (starting in 2017, in 2016 the program will offer a minimum of 61.0 hours) with a total of 439.0 hours offered over 7 years. Of these 439.0 hours, a minimum of 324.0 will be available to individual BCACPs. Factored into the total minimum eligible hours is a limitation on the use of the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course and the Fundamentals of Biostatistics and Study Design Workshop which may be used no more than twice and not in 2 consecutive years.

Program/Activity Minimum No. of Hours Offered Each Year Format When
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course 20.0 Live and Home Study Live course offered in conjunction with Updates in Therapeutics® each February

Home study course will be available by April 1 each year.
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Updates Plus Webinar 2.0 Live and Home Study Live webinar held in July each year, home study version will be available from July to December each year.
Ambulatory Care Self-Assessment Program (ACSAP) 30.0 Home Study only New modules released in January, May, and September each year.
From Theory to Practice: Clinical Reasoning Series in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy 6.0 Live and Home Study Live version offered in conjunction with the ACCP Annual Meeting each October.

Home study version available from October to December each year.
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Management and Patient Advocacy Webinar Series 2.0* Live and Home Study Offered live each year in January and August beginning in January 2017.
Fundamentals of Biostatistics and Study Design Workshop 3.0 Live only Offered live each year in conjunction with ACCP Updates in Therapeutics® held in April.

*Starting in 2017

Component 1: Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course

The Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course will provide a comprehensive review of ambulatory care pharmacy topics within the scope of services provided by ambulatory care pharmacists. The Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course will be offered live every April and will be available for home study in various formats including an online program and a workbook package. Home study materials will be released around June 1 each year after the live offering.

A minimum of 20.0 hours of recertification credit will be available for participants each year. To earn recertification credit from the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course, BCACPs must either attend the live program or complete the instructional materials for home study and successfully complete the Web-based posttest by the deadline. Only completed tests will be eligible for credit; no partial or incomplete tests will be processed.

Note: The Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course may be completed for recertification credit, in either in live or home study format, up to two times, in nonconsecutive years, during the 7-year certification cycle.

2017 Course Availability
Updates in Therapeutics®: Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course will be held February 17 – 19, 2017, in Jacksonville, Florida. Registration will be available at www.updatesintherapeutics.com. The home study version of the course will be available as both an online program and a workbook package. Both the live and the home study formats of the course will include access to a Web-based posttest.

Component 2: Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Updates Plus Webinar

The Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Updates Plus Webinar, to be presented live and audio-recorded for home study, is designed to cover new knowledge and developments in the specialty that have been released since the previously delivered live review and recertification course. The webinar will be presented live in July each year. The home study version will be available by August 1 each year. A minimum of 2.0 hours of recertification credit will be available for participants each year. BCACPs must either attend the live program or complete the instructional materials for home study and successfully complete the Web-based posttest by the deadline. Only completed tests will be eligible for credit; no partial or incomplete tests will be processed.

Component 3: Ambulatory Care Self-Assessment Program (ACSAP)

ACSAP is an online study program that will provide BCACPs with previously unpublished material on contemporary topics related to the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy specialty. ACSAP online books will be released three times a year in January, May and September.

ACSAP will provide a minimum of 30.0 recertification hours annually. BCACPs who wish to earn recertification credit must read the instructional materials and successfully complete the Web-based posttest by the deadline for each ACSAP module. Only completed tests are eligible for credit; no partial or incomplete tests will be processed.

Note: BCACPs may use as many ACSAP modules as they need to attain the required CPE credits during their 7-year certification cycle. However, no more than 50 hours of recertification credit will be accepted by BPS prior to the end of the third year of the recertification cycle.

Component 4: Clinical Reasoning Series in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy

The Clinical Reasoning Series in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy, available both live and as a Web-based program for home study, will explore cutting-edge, contemporary therapeutic topics and develop scientifically sound clinical reasoning and decision-making skills. Each offering of the annual program employs active learning exercises designed to advance the skills and abilities of BCACPs to critically evaluate scientific evidence and clinical trials and effectively incorporate significant findings into daily practice, leading to effective and safe patient care. From Theory to Practice: Clinical Reasoning Series in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy will be presented live each year in conjunction with the ACCP Annual Meeting and will be audio-recorded for home study.

A minimum of 6.0 hours of recertification credit will be available for participants each year through the Clinical Reasoning Series. To earn recertification credit for the Clinical Reasoning Series, BCACPs will be required to attend the live program or participate in the home study version of the program and successfully complete the Web-based posttest. Only completed tests are eligible for credit; no partial or incomplete tests will be processed.

Component 5: Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Management and Patient Advocacy Webinar Series

The Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Management and Patient Advocacy Webinar Series will cover 2–3 topics related to patient advocacy and/or practice management. The first webinar will be presented in January 2017. Beginning in 2017, this webinar will be offered each January and August. The home study version of each webinar will be released in early February and early September each year.

A minimum of 2.0 hours of recertification credit will be available for participants each year through the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Management and Patient Advocacy Webinar Series. To earn recertification credit for the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Management and Patient Advocacy Webinar Series, BCACPs will be required to attend the live program or participate in the home study version of the program and successfully complete the Web-based posttest. Only completed tests are eligible for credit; no partial or incomplete tests will be processed.

Component 6: Fundamentals of Biostatistics and Study Design Workshop

The Fundamentals of Biostatistics and Study Design Workshop, to be presented during ACCP’s spring meeting, Updates in Therapeutics®, is designed to provide participants with an in-depth and hands-on experience using biostatistical and study design concepts. A minimum of 3.0 hours of recertification credit will be available for participants each year through the Fundamentals of Biostatistics and Study Design Workshop, and BCACPs will be required to attend the live program and successfully complete the Web-based posttest. Only completed tests are eligible for credit; no partial or incomplete tests will be processed.

Note: The Fundamentals of Biostatistics and Study Design Workshop may be completed for recertification credit, up to two times, in nonconsecutive years, during the 7-year certification cycle.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact ACCP at (913) 492-3311 or send an e-mail to accp@accp.com.