The Value of Becoming a Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP)
When you gain certification as a specialty pharmacist you demonstrate the competency to manage specialty pharmaceuticals in the clinical setting. This certification proves proficiency in specialty pharmacy management and indicates to manufacturers, employers, and other stakeholders the individual who has the capabilities as a specialty pharmacist.
Crucial certification and competencies of this status include having a greater knowledge of the life of specialty patients and the clinical strategies and prescription for care plans, along with meaningful interventions. In addition, a CSP has access to more employment and career path opportunities, and this certification validates the individual’s credibility and experience in the profession.
The various requirements to qualify as a CSP include:
- Having a BSPharm or PharmD
- No felony convictions
- Passed the CSP examination
- License in good standing with nothing pending in the U.S. or Canada
- Attestation of Code of Conduct
- Minimum of 3000 hours of specialty pharmacy experience over the past four years
- At least 30 hours of continuing education in specialty pharmacy over the previous two years
In addition, in order to remain certified, pharmacists must complete an individualized learning path questionnaire which enables the Specialty Pharmacy Certification
Board (SPCB) to gather information on where the pharmacist intends to take his or her profession.
As is obvious, especially pharmacy certification is exceptionally important for those engaging in this area of pharmacy.
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Specialty pharmacy is increasing significantly and consistently in the pharmacy industry space, and there are no signs of a slowdown in its growth. Compared to traditional diseases and treatments, specialty conditions and diseases are more difficult and complex to address and require greater knowledge to service properly. Pharmacists need to obtain certification for specialty pharmacy if they are going to deliver the necessary quality care to these patients. Our LicenseTrak compliant software can help you achieve and stay up-to-date with the compliance requirements that exist for various positions in your pharmacy organization.