Fall 2017 BPS Certification Examination Results

Washington, D.C. – The results of the Fall 2017 BPS specialty certification and recertification exams were announced today by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties® (BPS), the premier post-licensure certification organization serving the pharmacy profession. A total of 2883 out of 4213 pharmacists passed the exams in the nine specialties currently offered by BPS: ambulatory care pharmacy, critical care pharmacy, geriatric pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, nutrition support pharmacy, oncology pharmacy, pediatric pharmacy, pharmacotherapy, and psychiatric pharmacy. There are now 36532 BPS board certified pharmacists worldwide.

“The continued growth of BPS board certification reinforces its value as the process that independently evaluates whether a pharmacist specialist meets the eligibility criteria and demonstrates the knowledge and skill to achieve a designation in the rapidly growing number of pharmacy specialties.  Participating in board certification demonstrates the willingness of the pharmacist specialist to assure all stakeholders of their education, training, skills and ability to provide patient care and to serve as valuable members of the health care team.” said BPS Executive Director, William M. Ellis, MS, RPh.


Ambulatory Care Pharmacy (BCACP)
Certification: 269 Pass; 159 Fail; 428 Total (62.85% Pass Rate)

New Total Certified: 3,257 as of December 2017*

Critical Care Pharmacy (BCCCP)
Certification: 243 Pass; 39 Fail; 282 Total (86.17% Pass Rate)

New Total Certified: 1,638 as of December 2017* 

Geriatric Pharmacy (BCGP)
Certification: 824 Pass; 299 Fail; 1123 Total (73.37% Pass Rate)
Recertification: 28 Pass; 2 Fail; 30 Total (93.33% Pass Rate)

New Total Certified: 4,432 as of December 2017* 

Nuclear Pharmacy (BCNP)
Certification: 5 Pass; 6 Fail; 11 Total (45.45% Pass Rate)
 Recertification: 1 Pass; 0 Fail; 1 Total (100% Pass Rate)

New Total Certified: 422 as of December 2017* 

Nutrition Support Pharmacy (BCNP)
Certification: 35 Pass; 8 Fail; 43 Total (81.40% Pass Rate)
Recertification: 31 Pass; 1 Fail; 32 Total (96.88% Pass Rate)

New Total Certified: 579 as of December 2017* 

Oncology Pharmacy (BCOP)
Certification: 165 Pass; 73 Fail; 238 Total (69.33% Pass Rate)
Recertification: 27 Pass; 4 Fail; 31 Total (87.10% Pass Rate)

New Total Certified: 2,547 as of December 2017*

Pediatric Pharmacy (BCPPS)
Certification: 106 Pass; 61 Fail; 167 Total (63.47% Pass Rate)

Total Certified: 798 as of December 2017* 

Pharmacotherapy (BCPS)
Certification: 1,168 Pass; 651 Fail; 1,819 Total (64.21% Pass Rate)
Recertification: 123 Pass; 22 Fail; 145 Total (84.83% Pass Rate)

New Total Certified: 21,771 as of December 2017* 

Psychiatric Pharmacy (BCPP)
Certification: 68 Pass; 34 Fail; 102 Total (66.67% Pass Rate)
Recertification: 10 Pass; 7 Fail; 17 Total (58.82% Pass Rate)

New Total Certified: 1,088 as of December 2017* 

Total Newly Certified in December 2017:  2,883

Total Certificants as of December 2017: 36,532*

*As of December 2017 adjusted for non-renewals, retirements, and deceased pharmacists at the end of 2017.


About The Board of Pharmacy Specialties ®
The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) was established in 1976 as an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).  The mission of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties is to improve patient care and increase awareness of the need for BPS Board Certified Pharmacists as integral members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills in pharmacy and specialty board certification and recertification of pharmacists throughout the world.

Board Certification through BPS has become recognized as the gold standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels as a result of the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification. Today BPS recognizes eleven pharmacy specialties and over 36,000 pharmacists worldwide hold BPS certification.



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