All candidates who have been approved to sit for the Fall 2015 BPS examination window should have received a Notice to Schedule email from our test administrator, Castle Worldwide. Test sites fill up on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to schedule your exam as soon as possible if you have not done so already.
Registration for the Spring 2016 testing window will open on the BPS website in January. Examination dates will be announced in the coming months.
As announced on June 16, 2015, the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) has approved role delineation studies in Sterile Compounding, Solid Organ Transplantation and Emergency Medicine. These role delineation studies will take place over the next 24 months beginning with Sterile Compounding in 2015, Solid Organ Transplantation beginning in 2016 and Emergency Medicine in 2017.
Conducting a role delineation study is a critical step in evaluating a proposed specialty. The purpose of a role delineation study is to determine whether a proposed specialty is based upon specialized knowledge of the pharmaceutical sciences as well as specialized functions routinely performed by practitioners in the practice area being evaluated.
As BPS works to recognize specialties in pharmacy practice and set standards for certification and recertification, BPS will assume the cost of these role delineation studies. This is a change in the approach BPS has taken in the past, whereby interested parties had responsibility for the cost of conducting the role delineation study as part of their full petition to recognize a pharmacy practice specialty.
The general process and timeline for conducting the role delineation study in Sterile Compounding is listed below:
To begin moving forward with the role delineation study in Sterile Compounding Pharmacy, BPS will need the following:
For Sterile Compounding Pharmacy - https://fs24.formsite.com/BPSforms/form110/index.html
Due Date: September 1, 2015
Beginning with the Fall 2015 Examination window all initial BPS Certification exams will be 175 questions in length. Initial certification candidates will be permitted a total timed testing period as follows:
Recertification examinations remain unchanged and candidates will be allowed a 2.5 hour testing period to complete the 100-item multiple-choice recertification examination.
An analysis of the BPS certification examinations showed very little change in the predicted internal consistency reliability for the 175 question examination compared to the previous 200 question examination. All candidates are reminded to arrive 15 minutes in advance of their scheduled examination time to allow for both check-in and system log-in.
Beginning with the Fall 2015 test administration, the following changes are in effect for all international candidates (those licensed and/or practicing outside of the United States and Canada):
This documentation must be submitted in addition to all documentation submitted as part of the online application. Documentation must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope. English translations are preferred, but not required. Please instruct your university to send all education documentation to:
Board of Pharmacy Specialties
Attn: Steve Scarlata
2215 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037-2985
For more information on the Fall 2015 testing window, please view the Fall 2015 Candidate's Guide.
Click on the image to the right to access the digital version of the BPS 2014 Annual Report. The report features exam statistics, updates on new activities, Specialty Council reports and interactive video segments.
Beginning in Fall 2015, BPS will offer two new specialties — Critical Care Pharmacy and Pediatric Pharmacy. Click on the image to the right to view a brief video on the importance of Critical Care pharmacy specialists.
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