Fall 2021 BPS Certification and Recertification Examination Results

Washington, D.C. – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), the premier post-licensure certification organization serving the pharmacy profession announces the September/October 2021 certification and recertification examinations results. A total of 3,203 out of 4,990 candidates successfully passed certification and recertification examinations in the thirteen specialties currently offered by BPS: Ambulatory Care Pharmacy, Cardiology Pharmacy, Compounded Sterile Preparations Pharmacy, Critical Care Pharmacy, Geriatric Pharmacy, Infectious Diseases Pharmacy, Nuclear Pharmacy, Nutrition Support Pharmacy, Oncology Pharmacy, Pediatric Pharmacy, Pharmacotherapy, Psychiatric Pharmacy, and Solid Organ Transplantation Pharmacy.

“The growth of board certification signifies the evolving role of the pharmacist, as an expert on complex drug therapies.” stated BPS Executive Director, William M. Ellis, MS, RPh.

2021 BPS Chair, Hal E. Richards, PharmD, BCNSP, stated, “BPS is pleased to see the growth of pharmacist board certification and I want to acknowledge and congratulate the first group of pharmacists to earn board certification in solid organ transplantation pharmacy. These results only illustrate the recognition of the pharmacist in meeting patient needs by taking on these highly specialized roles and also supports the Board of Pharmacy Specialties commitment to patient care by promoting the recognition and value of specialized training, knowledge, and skills in pharmacy and specialty board certification of pharmacists.”

Fall 2021 Certification and Recertification examination results by specialty:

Initial Certification    
# Examinees   
# Passed% Passed   
# Examinees   
# Passed% Passed
Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP)50031864%442455%
Board Certified Cardiology Pharmacist (BCCP)*934144%------
Board Certified Sterile Compounding Pharmacist (BCSCP)*19413067%------
Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist (BCCCP)*33426479%------
Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP)1938444%543870%
Board Certified Infectious Diseases Pharmacist (BCIDP)*22015370%------
Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist (BCNP)5240%11100%
Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist (BCNSP)958994%99100%
Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist (BCOP)30716554%422867%
Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist (BCPPS)*16210565%------
Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS)2,1671,35062%21615873%
Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP)1288063%161381%
Board Certified Transplant Pharmacist (BCTXP)*21015172%------

* The initial cohort of certificants in new specialty areas will be eligible to recertify by examination in year 7 of the certification cycle (i.e., BCCCP and BCPPS in 2022, BCCP and BCIDP in 2025, BCSCP in 2026, BCTXP in 2028).

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 BPS is to improve patient care by positioning BPS Board-Certified Pharmacist Specialists as integral members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams, through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills for pharmacists in the United States and internationally. Board certification is a recognized credential for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels given the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification. BPS currently recognizes more than 54,400 pharmacist certifications across 14 specialties.


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