BPS-Approved Professional Development Program for BCOP Recertification

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) has approved a four-component professional development program, to be developed and delivered by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), for the recertification of Board Certified Oncology Pharmacists (BCOPs) beginning in 2016.

The four components will provide opportunities for BCOPs who elect to recertify by continuing education to earn more than the 100.0 hours of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit required over a 7-year period. ACCP will record and report directly to BPS the recertification credit earned by BCOPs in each component.

The four components, available annually (beginning in 2016), are as follows:

  1. Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course
  2. Oncology Pharmacy Home Study Syllabus for Recertification
  3. Oncology Pharmacy Webinar Series
  4. BCOP Clinical Sessions

Each component will cover the domains, tasks, and knowledge statements as delineated by the BPS Specialty Council on Oncology Pharmacy and published in the Content Outline for the Oncology Pharmacy Specialty Certification Examination. BCOPs may select from among these annual components to earn the required number of hours during their certification cycle. Each component, priced separately, will includes a Web-based posttest.

The table below summarizes the minimum recertification credit hours to be offered each year by each program component beginning in January 2016. In total, the program will offer a minimum of 43.0 credit hours toward BCOP recertification each year, with a total of 301.0 hours offered over 7 years. Of these 301.0 hours, a minimum of 221.0 will be available to individual BCOPs. Factored into the total minimum eligible hours is a limitation on use of the Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course which must be taken at least once, but may not be taken more than three times within a recertification cycle.

Program/ActivityMinimum No. of Hours Offered Each YearFormatWhen
Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course20.0Live and Home StudyLive course offered in May each year.

Home study course will be available from July 1.
Oncology Home Study Syllabus for Recertification16.0Home Study onlyThe home study syllabus will be released in two modules. The first module will be released in February each year, with the second module released in July/August each year.
Oncology Pharmacy Webinar Series3.0Live and Home StudyOffered March and August each year.
BCOP Clinical Sessions4.0Live and Home StudyOffered live each year in conjunction with the ACCP Annual Meeting (held in October) and the ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting (held in December).

Note: In 2016 only 20.0 hours will be available

Component 1: Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course

The Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course will provide a comprehensive review of oncology pharmacy topics within the scope of services provided by oncology pharmacists. The Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course will be offered live every April or May and will be available for home study in various formats, including an online program and a workbook package. Home study materials will be released around July 1 each year after the live offering.

A minimum of 20.0 hours of recertification credit will be available for participants each year. To earn recertification credit from the Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course, BCCPs must attend the live program or complete the instructional materials for home study and then successfully complete the Web-based posttest by the deadline. Only completed tests will be eligible for credit; no partial or incomplete tests will be processed.

Note: The Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course must be completed for recertification credit, in either live or home study format, at least once, but no more than three times, during the 7-year certification cycle.

2016 Course Availability
The Oncology Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course will be held April 28-30, 2016, in Dallas, Texas. The home study version of the course is available as both an online program and a workbook package. Both the live and the home study formats of the course will include access to a Web-based posttest.

Component 2: Oncology Pharmacy Home Study Syllabus for Recertification

The Oncology Pharmacy Home Study Syllabus for Recertification will be updated and released twice annually. The home study syllabus will be a series of current articles from the primary oncology literature, each with learning objectives, and a web-based posttest covering the full series of articles. The articles will be made available either in print or through electronic access, depending upon availability from the copyright holder.

The home study syllabus will provide a minimum of 16.0 recertification hours annually. BCOPs who wish to earn recertification credit must read the instructional materials and successfully complete the Web-based posttest by the deadline for each home study syllabus module. Only completed tests are eligible for credit; no partial or incomplete tests will be processed.

Component 3: Oncology Pharmacy Webinar Series

The webinar series, presented twice annually with a new topic for each presentation, will be offered live, for distance learning, and audio recorded, for home study. The webinar series will employ a flipped classroom instructional approach. Registrants will be assigned pre-readings to provide background on the subject matter for the webinar, and a web-based pre-assessment, to determine their understanding of the pre-assigned material. This presentation will be audio recorded for online access at a specific time. Immediately after this presentation, participants in the live webinar format will participate, via webinar, in a live, prescheduled question and answer sessions lead by faculty. This session, to be audio recorded for home study, will allow participants to ask clarifying questions about the content and its application to practice.

Participants in the home study version of the webinar series will be assigned the pre-readings, complete the web-based pre-assessment, and access the audio recorded educational presentation and question and answer session online and on demand. The Oncology Pharmacy Webinar Series will provide a minimum of 3.0 recertification hours annually. BCOPs who wish to earn recertification credit must complete all components of the webinar and then successfully complete the Web-based posttest by the deadline for each webinar. Only completed tests are eligible for credit; no partial or incomplete tests will be processed.

Component 4: BCOP Clinical Sessions

The BCOP Clinical Sessions, available both live and as a Web-based program for home study, will explore cutting-edge and contemporary therapeutic topics. The BCOP Clinical Sessions will be presented live annually as embedded programming at the ACCP Annual Meeting (October), and repeated live at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (December). The sessions will be audio recorded as an online product for home study on demand, following their initial live presentation at the ACCP Annual Meeting. Successful completion of a web-based posttest will be required to earn recertification credit for the clinical sessions, live or home study.

A minimum of 3.0 hours of recertification credit will be available for participants each year through the BCOP Clinical Sessions. To earn recertification credit for the BCOP Clinical Sessions, BCOPs will be required to attend the live program or participate in the home study version of the program and successfully complete the Web-based posttest. Only completed tests are eligible for credit; no partial or incomplete tests will be processed.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact ACCP at (913) 492-3311 or send an e-mail to accp@accp.com.

 
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