Ambulatory Care Review and Recertification Course

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Ambulatory Care Specialty Pharmacy Review and Recertification

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) has approved the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) to work in partnership as a professional development provider for the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Specialty.

These pages contain a description of the products available to assist you to prepare for and maintain your board-certification as an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist!

APhA/ASHP BCACP Recertification Intensive Study

The intensive study is now available online!  Topics  include: mental health and illness, respiratory disorders, infectious diseases, and public health. Participants may  complete one or both of the 3-hour sessions and complete the online assessment for sessions attended to receive recertification credit.

Mental Health Issues and Antimicrobial Stewardship in Ambulatory Care

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Ambulatory Care Specialty Pharmacy Review Course

This course is designed for those preparing for certification. It is offered live at the APhA Annual Meeting and the ASHP Summer Meeting. The course is also available online. 

Next live offerings:

March 26-27, 2015 in conjunction with APhA Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. Registration will open in September 2014.

Online Course: The Ambulatory Care Review Course is now available online! Learn more or purchase the course.  If you wish to purchase the online course for recertification, please see the link to the recertification course below.

Ambulatory Care Specialty Pharmacy Certification Practice Exam now available!

Do you want practice answering the type of questions that are on the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Specialty Certification Exam?

Learn more or purchase the Ambulatory Care Specialty Pharmacy Certification Practice Exam now! 

NOTE: If you purchased the online course prior to May 1, 2013, please click here to access that course

Ambulatory Care Specialty Pharmacy Recertification Program

Welcome to the Ambulatory Care Recertification Program developed by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)!

Pharmacists holding certification by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) report improved competence in their area of expertise, enhanced marketability and greater acceptance as a valued member of the health care team by other health professionals.1

Recertification assures the public and the profession that the Board-Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) remains current with new developments in ambulatory care pharmacy.2

This program will provide you with unique opportunities to maintain and expand your knowledge and skills in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy and maintain your BCACP status.

Our recertification program is developed based on the task and knowledge statements identified in the domains of BPS's Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Specialty Certification Examination Content Outline. Each year, our advisory board conducts a review of the test content outline and the most recent original research literature to identify topics essential to Ambulatory Pharmacy Practice. These topics are used to develop the continuing education opportunities available for BCACP recertification.

Our unique program offers recertification credit through several avenues:

  • Review of the most recent, original research articles relevant to ambulatory care pharmacy practice.
  • In-depth discussion of important clinical topics with leaders in the field of ambulatory care pharmacy.
  • Application of evidence-based medicine to patient-centered complex cases addressing each patient's unique healthcare needs.
  • Discussion of the areas of Practice Management and Retrieval, Generation, Interpretation and Dissemination of Knowledge which are two major areas of expected competence for ambulatory care pharmacists. 


1 Pradel FG, Palumbo FB, Flowers L, Mullins CD, Haines ST, Roffman DS. White paper: value of specialty certification in pharmacy. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2004 Sept-Oct; 44(5): 612-20.

2 Board of Pharmacy Specialties. 2013 Recertification Guide.

Our program includes the following opportunities to obtain recertification credits:

1. Ambulatory Care Literature Study. The Literature Study presents recent clinical research articles for review by the BCACP and provides opportunities for maintaining competence in evaluating original research as well as updates in clinical knowledge so that BCACPs can ensure optimal patient outcomes. 

The Literature Study is offered twice yearly and can provide up to 16 hours of recertification credit.

2. Ambulatory Care Intensive Study Course. The Intensive Study course offers an in-depth discussion of selected clinical topics presented by leaders in the field. Topics are chosen based on recent developments in ambulatory care and provide BCACPs opportunities to learn how to incorporate new clinical data into their individual practice area.  The Intensive Study is offered in-person once yearly and online.

3. Ambulatory Care Recertification Course. This course provides a comprehensive review of the most common patient problems in ambulatory care settings. Patient-centered case scenarios present patients with multiple medical problems as seen in 'real-life' ambulatory care pharmacy practice and provide the BACAP with strategies to address these problems based on the best available evidence-based medicine.

This course is offered in-person twice yearly and continuously online and can provide up to 16 hours of recertification credit.  NOTE: This course can only be taken for recertification credit twice within the 7-year recertification cycle in non-consecutive years. 

View Information about the BCACP Recertification Schedule

Additional Information

For more information, please contact APhA/ASHP at (202) 429-4125 or

Accreditation Information

The American Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as providers of continuing pharmacy education (CPE).

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