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American College of Clinical Pharmacy and Society of Critical Care Medicine Professional Development Program for Recertification of Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacists (BCCCP)

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

The five components will provide opportunities for BCCCPs who elect to recertify by continuing education to earn 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 BCCCPs in each component.

The five components, available annually are as follows:

  1. ACCP Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course
  2. ACCP’s Critical Care Pharmacy Updates Plus Webinar
  3. ACCP’s Critical Care Self-Assessment Program (CCSAP)
  4. ACCP’s Clinical Reasoning Series in Critical Care
  5. ACCP’s 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 Critical Care Pharmacy and published in the Content Outline for the Critical Care Pharmacy Specialty Certification Examination. BCCCPs 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 to be offered each year by each program component beginning in January 2016. In total, the program will offer a minimum of 61.0 credit hours toward BCCCP recertification each year, with a total of 427.0 hours offered over 7 years. Of these 427.0 hours, a minimum of 287.0 will be available to individual BCCCPs. Factored into the total minimum eligible hours is a limitation on use of the Critical 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
Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course 20.0 Live and Home Study Live course offered at ACCP Updates in Therapeutics®

Home study course will be available from June to November each year
Critical Care Pharmacy Updates Plus Webinar 2.0 Live and Home Study Live webinar held in February each year (beginning in 2020).

Home study version will be available from February to June each year.
Critical Care Self-Assessment Program (CCSAP) 30.0 Home Study only New modules released in March, and September each year
From Theory to Practice: Clinical Reasoning Series in Critical Care 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.
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.
Component 1: Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course

The Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course will provide a comprehensive review of critical care pharmacy topics within the scope of services provided by critical care pharmacists. The Critical 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 Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course, BCCCPs must attend the live program or complete the instructional materials for home study and then 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 Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course may be completed for recertification credit, in either live or home study format, up to two times, in nonconsecutive years, during the 7-year certification cycle.

2019 Course Availability
The ACCP Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course will be held April 27-28, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. The home study version of the course is 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.

For more information on the ACCP Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course, visit www.updatesintherapeutics.com.

Component 2: Critical Care Pharmacy Updates Plus Webinar

The Critical 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. Starting in 2020, the webinar will be presented live in February each year. The home study version will be available by March 15 each year. A minimum of 2.0 hours of recertification credit will be available for participants each year. BCCCPs 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: Critical Care Self-Assessment Program (CCSAP)

CCSAP is an online study program that will provide BCCCPs with previously unpublished material on contemporary topics related to the Critical Care Pharmacy specialty. CCSAP online books will be released twice a year in March and September.

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

Note: BCCCPs may use as many CCSAP modules as they need to attain the required CPE credits during their 7-year certification cycle.

Component 4: Clinical Reasoning Series in Critical Care Pharmacy

The Clinical Reasoning Series in Critical 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 will employ active learning exercises designed to advance the skills and abilities of BCCCPs to critically evaluate scientific evidence and clinical trials and effectively incorporate significant findings into daily practice, leading to effective and safe patient care. The Clinical Reasoning Series in Critical 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, BCCCPs 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: 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 BCCCPs 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.