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Accreditation Status for BCMTMS Exam

Accreditation Organization: Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE)’s National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

History: Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE), previously called National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) stems from a previous organization, The National Commission for Health Certifying Agencies (NCHCA) which was created under a congressional mandate in 1977. This organization was established to develop standards for health professionals and to accredit organizations that certifies them.

What do they look for?

Financial Viability

NBMTM has administered BCMTMS exams since 2018 and has suitable revenue to show financial fitness. NBMTM has over 24 months of bank statements to show. NBMTM also needs to administer 500 exams. So far, 242 exams have been administered, NBMTM anticipates to reach 500 exams at the end of 2020.

Exam Administration/Security

NBMTM has recently switched from remote proctoring with Mettl to Scantron’s physical testing centers with over 1,350 locations. Scantron’s physical testing centers and exam security procedure are compliant with NCCA accreditation standards.

Exam’s Psychometric Standards

NBMTM is currently working with Scantron’s world class psychometricians with decades of assessment and psychometrics expertise to assure BCMTMS examinations are in accordance to NCCA standards.

Where are we at with the process?

Undoubtedly, achieving NCCA accreditation requires preparation, resources, and efforts and does not happen overnight. For example, although the Board of Pharmacy Specialties started administering Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) certification exams in 2012, the certification program was not accredited by NCCA until 2014. Here is the following timeline for BCMTMS accreditation.

BCMTMS Accreditation Timeline

2017
Dec 2017

First Job Task Analysis

NBMTM conducts its 1st national Job Task Analysis study of the pharmacy profession focused on medication therapy management.

2018
Jan 2018

Join members of Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE)

ICE is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing educational, networking and advocacy resources for the credentialing community. ICE’s accrediting body, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), evaluates certification organization for compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA’s Standards exceed the requirements set forth by the American Psychological Association and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. ICE is accredited by the American National Standards Institute as a Standards Developer.

Mar 2018

New Handbook

NBMTM Board of Directors developed, revised, and completed the candidate handbook and recertification procedures to be compliant to NCCA standards.

May 2018

First Exams

NBMTM started administering its first BCMTMS™ exams by using Mettl’s remote proctoring platform.

May 2018

First BCMTMS

NBMTM awards first BCMTMS™ credentials.

2019
Mar 2019

Job Task Analysis

Yearly Job Task Analysis (JTA) has been completed (new course content published).

2020
Jan 2020

Scantron Testing Centers

  • NBMTM invests in a major upgrade of its scheduling, testing software, and test center network.
  • NBMTM switches testing administration from Mettl remote proctoring to on-site physical testing center with Scantron to comply with NCCA standards. Scantron has over 1,350 testing centers worldwide.
  • Online exams will no longer be offered to candidates that apply after January 13, 2020.
Mar 2020

COVID-19 Updates

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board has decided to make the following changes:

  • Examination content update that was schedule for August 1st, 2020 has been pushed back to January 1st, 2021
  • Candidates will have the option to use remote proctoring, which was not previously offered to candidates that applied after January 13, 2020.
Jun 2020

Job Task Analysis

Initial job task analysis meeting and survey have been completed. Validation meeting scheduled for August 12, 2020.

Jun 2020

Statistics

As of 6/1/20, a total of 274  candidates have taken the exam and 222 are currently certified by the NBMTM. The BCMTMS exam passing rate for first-time applicants is 81.02%.

Aug 2020

Exam Updates

  • Exam updated planned for August 1st, has been shifted to January 1st, 2021.
  • New Exam content will be based on the more recently updated JTA conducted in June 2020.
Sep 2020

Exam Development

Exam development for January 2021 update (Item development and Exam Assembly)

2021
Jan 2021

Exam Administration

Exam administration of new content update based on previous June 2020 JTA

Mar 2021

Final Steps

Item and Test Analysis, Standard Setting, and Scoring & Reporting

Apr 2021

NCCA Application Submission

Submission: Assuming NBMTM has over 500 exams administered and enough data for Scantron’s psychometricians to complete the necessary reports, NBMTM will submit the initial application for NCCA accreditation by April 30th, 2021 deadline.

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