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BPS-Approved Professional Development Program for BCPS Recertification

BCPSs May Use a Combination of the Components Below to Earn the Required Number of Hours During Their Recertification Cycle

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) has approved a three-component professional development program that can be used by Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialists (BCPSs) as an alternative to recertification by examination. The American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) is the BPS-approved provider for the pharmacotherapy specialty recertification program. ACCP will record and report directly to BPS the recertification credit earned by BCPSs in each component.

This new professional development program encompasses three different components that provide BCPSs who elect to recertify by continuing education with more than the 120 hours of continuing education credit required over a 7-year period.

The three components are as follows:

  1. Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program (PSAP)
  2. Updates in Therapeutics®: The Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course
  3. From Theory to Bedside: Clinical Reasoning Series

Each component covers the domains, tasks, and knowledge statements as delineated by the BPS Specialty Council on Pharmacotherapy and published in the Content Outline for the Pharmacotherapy Specialty Certification Examination. Each component is available annually. Each component, priced separately, includes a Web-based posttest. A description of each program component follows.

Component 1: Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program

The Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program is a 6-book home study program that provides pharmacotherapy specialists with previously unpublished material on contemporary topics related to pharmacotherapy. PSAP books, available both in print and in an online format as PDFs, are released twice a year. The current series began with the release of Cardiology/Endocrinology in January 2013. The final book in the series, CNS/Pharmacy Practice, will be released in July 2015.

According to subject matter, PSAP books are subdivided into modules, each of which is available for recertification credit. 2013-2015 PSAP provides a minimum of 40.0 hours of recertification credit each year and 120.0 hours of recertification credit over the 3-year life of the edition. BCPSs who wish to earn recertification credit using PSAP modules or books must read the instructional materials and successfully complete the Web-based posttest by the predetermined deadline for each module or book. Only completed tests are eligible for credit; no partial or incomplete tests will be processed.

Note: BCPSs may use PSAP to earn as many recertification hours as they need to attain the required hours during their 7-year recertification cycle.

2015 PSAP Availability
In 2015, ACCP will release two books as part of 2013-2015 PSAP

PSAP Book Release Date BCPS Recertification
Expiration Date
Contact Hours
Available
Infectious Diseases January 15, 2015 May 15, 2015 25.5
CNS/Pharmacy Practice July 15, 2015 November 15, 2015 28.0

For the full schedule of books with release dates, tables of contents, learning objectives, sample chapters, faculty, deadlines for submitting online posttests, and recertification credit hours for each module as they become available, visit http://www.accp.com/bookstore/psap.aspx#2015b1.

Component 2: Updates in Therapeutics®: Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course

The Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course provides a comprehensive review of pharmacotherapeutic topics within the scope of services provided by pharmacotherapy specialists. The Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course is offered live every April and will be available for home study in various formats including an online program and a workbook and DVD-ROM package product. Home study materials are released on or around June 1 each year after the live offering.

A minimum of 21.0 hours of recertification credit will be available for participants each year. To earn recertification credit for the Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course, BCPSs must attend the live program or complete the instructional materials for home study and successfully complete the Web-based posttest for the program. Only completed tests will be eligible for credit; no partial or incomplete tests will be processed.

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

2015 Course Availability
ACCP Updates in Therapeutics® 2015: Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course will be held April 10–April 14, 2015, in Rosemont, Illinois. The home study version of the course is now available both as an online/Web-based version and as a DVD-ROM and workbook package. Both the live and home study formats of the course include access to a Web-based posttest. BCPSs who take the course and successfully complete the posttest will earn 25.0 hours of recertification credit. The Web-based posttest must be submitted by September 1, 2015, to be eligible for recertification credit.

For more information on Updates in Therapeutics®: Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course, visit www.updatesintherapeutics.com.

Component 3: From Theory to Bedside: Clinical Reasoning Series

The Clinical Reasoning Series, available both live and as a web-based program for home study, explores cutting-edge, contemporary therapeutic topics and demonstrates 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 BCPSs to critically evaluate scientific evidence and clinical trials and effectively incorporate significant findings, leading to effective and safe patient care, into daily practice. From Theory to Bedside: Clinical Reasoning Series is presented live each year in conjunction with the ACCP Annual Meeting, and 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, BCPSs 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 for the program. Only completed tests are eligible for credit; no partial or incomplete tests will be processed.

Note: BCPSs may participate in the Clinical Reasoning Series every year throughout their 7-year recertification cycle to attain the required recertification credit.

2015 Program Availability
The 2015 program of the From Theory to Bedside: Clinical Reasoning Series will be held Saturday October 17, 2015 in conjunction with the 2015 ACCP Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy in San Francisco, and made available as a web-based program for home study on or about November 1, 2015. To be eligible for recertification credit, BCPSs must attend the live program or participate in the home study version of the program and successfully complete the Web-based posttest by November 30, 2015.

More information including the program goal, agenda, faculty, and registration details is available at www.accp.com/meetings/gc15/schedule.aspx?mode=detail&i=4617.

Professional Development Program Schedule

The BPS-approved professional development program is designed to provide BCPSs with substantially more than the required 120 hours of continuing education credit over a 7-year period. BCPSs may select from among these components to earn the required number of hours during their recertification cycle.

The table below summarizes the minimum recertification credit hours offered, per year, by each program component. In total, the program will offer a minimum of 382 contact hours toward BCPS recertification. Of these 382 hours, a minimum of 298 will be available to individual BCPSs. Factored into the total minimum eligible hours is a limitation on the use of the Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course, which may be used no more than twice and not in 2 consecutive years.


Program Component
Year PSAP Series Pharmacotherapy
Preparatory Review
and Recertification
Course
Clinical Reasoning Series Total Contact Hours Available (minimum)
2015 40 21 6 67
2016 40 21 6 67
2017 40 21 6 67
2018 40 21 6 67
2019 40 21 6 67
2020 40 21 6 67
2021 40 21 6 67
Minimum Contact Hours Available Between 2014 and 2020 280 147 42 469
Minimum Eligible Contact Hours Between 2014 and 2020 280 (at least 40 hours annually) 42 (at least 21 hours annually; may be completed up to two times, in nonconsecutive years, during 7-year recertification period) 42 (at least 6 hours annually during the period) 364

Please note that BPS requires that BCPSs earn 120 hours of credit and that no more than 60 hours may be earned prior to the end of the 4th year of certification. However all 120 hours may be earned during the 5th–7th years of certification. For more information on BPS requirements, visit www.bpsweb.org.

Additional Information

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