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Board of Pharmacy Specialties Announces Results of 2011 Certification and Recertification Exams

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Number of BPS Board Certified Pharmacists Increases By 20% from 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), the premier post-licensure certification organization serving the pharmacy profession, today announced the results of the 2011 specialty certification and recertification examinations. A record number of 3,779 pharmacists took the exams at 73 sites worldwide.

"We are pleased with the number of pharmacists who sought BPS board certification or recertification in 2011,” said BPS Executive Director William M. Ellis. "The exploration of new specialties and growth of current specialties is consistent with the increased interest and recognition of BPS specialty certification, which has seen the number of BPS Board Certified Pharmacists double over the past five years,” he added.

A total of 2,691 pharmacists were either certified or recertified in six specialties including the newest BPS specialty, ambulatory care pharmacy. There are now 12,867 BPS Board Certified Pharmacists, which represents a 20% increase from 2010.

"BPS congratulates all those who achieved a passing score on the 2011 specialty certification and recertification examinations,” said BPS Chair, George H. Hinkle, MS, BCNP. “With people living longer, healthcare costs continuing to skyrocket and chronic disease spiraling out of control, BPS board certification validates a pharmacist’s specialized qualifications and level of knowledge to meet these challenges. These BPS Board Certified Pharmacists and their employers can be justifiably proud of their accomplishment."

The results of the 2011 exams by specialty are as follows:  
** Note: Pharmacists certified and recertified by examination by BPS will be listed on the BPS website in January 2012

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy – 511 of the 661 candidates who sat for the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy exam, available for the first time this year, are now BPS Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacists (BCACP).
 
Nuclear Pharmacy – 23 of 47 candidates were certified for the first time and one of three was recertified, bringing the total number of BPS Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacists (BCNP) to 524.

Nutrition Support Pharmacy – 37 of 68 candidates were certified for the first time and 24 of 27 were recertified.  There are now 482 BPS Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacists (BCNSP).
 
Oncology Pharmacy – 172 of 321 candidates were certified for the first time and 19 of 20 were recertified, bringing the total number of BPS Board Certified Oncology Pharmacists (BCOP) to 1,244. 

Pharmacotherapy – 1,720 of 2,419 candidates were certified for the first time and 85 of 95 were recertified.  There are now 9,422 BPS Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialists (BCPS).

Psychiatric Pharmacy – 67 of 85 candidates were certified and 32 of 33 were recertified, bringing the total number of BPS Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacists to 684.

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. Through the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification, the BPS board certified pharmacist stands out as the most qualified to take on today’s expanding professional expectations.

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