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Name of Credential

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS)

Responsible Organization

Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS)


2215 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037-2985


(202) 429-7591




Eligibility criteria

  • Graduation from a pharmacy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or a program outside the U.S. that qualifies the individual to practice in the jurisdiction;
  • A current, active license to practice pharmacy in the U.S. or another jurisdiction;
  • Completion of three (3) years of post-licensure practice experience with at least 50% of time spent in pharmacotherapy activities as defined in the BPS Pharmacotherapy Content Outline; or
  • Completion of a PGY1 residency; and
  • Achieving a passing score on the BPS Pharmacotherapy Specialty Certification Examination.


Recertification is required every seven (7) years and can be accomplished by:

  • Achieving a passing score on the BPS 100-item, multiple-choice objective Pharmacotherapy Recertification Examination; or
  • Earning 120 hours of continuing education credit provided by the professional development programs offered by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and/or the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Duration of initial certification

7 years


  • Domain 1: Patient-Centered Pharmacotherapy (55% of the examination)
  • Domain 2: Drug Information and Evidence-Based Medicine (25% of the examination)
  • Domain 3: System-Based Standards and Population-Based Pharmacotherapy (20% of the examination)


  • Initial Certification fee: $600
  • Annual Certification Maintenance fee: $125
  • Recertification fee: $400

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