Advanced Training And Certifications

Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS)

Ambulatory care pharmacists often become certificed through the Board of Pharmacy Specialities as either a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) or Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS). 


Here are minimal requirements to become certified as a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP):

  1. Graduation from a pharmacy program accredited by ACPE or foreign programs that allow the individual to practice in the jurisdiction
  2. Current and active license to practice pharmacy in the US or another jurisdiction
  3. Achieve a passing score on the Ambulatory Care Specialty Certification Examination.
  4. Previous Experience: For BCACP 4 years of practice experience with at least 50% of practice in ambulatory care setting OR Completion of a PGY1 residency plus 1 year additional year of experience with at least 50% of practice in either ambulatory care setting or pharmacotherapy activities OR completion of a PGY2 residency in ambulatory care pharmacy

Exam Content by Specialty


Patient-Centered Care: Ambulatory Care Pharmacotherapy (37%)

Patient-Centered Care: Collaboration and Patient Advocacy (29%)

Translation of Evidence into Practice (14%)
Practice Models and Policy (14%)
Population and Public Health (6%)


Patient-specific Pharmacotherapy (60%)
Drug Information and Evidence-Based Medicine (25%)
System-Based Standards and Population-Based Pharmacotherapy (20%)