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As more and more pharmacies look to move beyond dispensing and into providing clinical care services, it is important that you take advantage of the opportunity — and that you have a competitive advantage while doing it. Clinical services benefit pharmacies in many ways: they help to expand patient care, improve health outcomes, and generate extra income in your practice. With so many pharmacies making the transition, though, it is essential to put in the work so that you can stand out from the crowd. To get an extra level of knowledge, experience, and expertise — and to make your business more competitive in the area of clinical services — get certified.
Currently, there are more than 200 professional certifications or designations that pharmacists can earn, both from the Board of Pharmacy and outside organizations. Each of these certifications has different eligibility requirements, course loads, and outcomes; but all of them are designed to enrich your knowledge of clinical services.
Before you start the certification process, though, take a few things into account.:
1. Your patients' needs: What specific struggles do your patients face? What services do they request most at your pharmacy?
2. Your own interests: Is there a certain area of focus you are especially skilled at or interested in? Is there a service that you already perform but want to know more about?
3. Your pharmacy's capabilities: What services can your space and supplies accommodate? Which of your staff members will be able to help you provide a new service, or even be willing to get certified themselves?
With these questions in mind, learn more about each of the available certifications and decide which one is right for you.
As the leading provider of certifications, the Board of Pharmacy has awarded more than 50,000 pharmacists around the world with certifications in 13 different specialties. The Board of Pharmacy is considered “the gold standard” for training and certifying top pharmacists to advance their practices. Certifications the BOP offers, and that are available to you, include:
Aside from the BOP, a number of other pharmacy organizations offer certification in clinical services. Here are some of the top trending among pharmacists right now:
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Whether it be through the Board of Pharmacy or another outside organization, becoming certified in a clinical service can benefit you greatly. For one, it can give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and apply it in a real, practical setting. In the process, it can lead to better health outcomes for your patients and more revenue for your pharmacy. In addition, becoming certified can help you to gain trust among your patients and respect among your colleagues — which are essential as you work to grow. Finally, it can give you the expertise you need to advance in your career, whether that be in taking on a new position or opening up your own pharmacy.
Whatever course you decide to take, certification can take you far.