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- Score Report
- Candidates Who Pass the Examination
- Candidates Who Do Not Pass the Examination
- Scores Canceled by NBMTM or Scantron®
- Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct
- Revocation of Certification
Exam score reports are typically posted to the candidate’s myNBMTM account 4 to 6 weeks after the close of the testing window. Although the examination is administered on the computer, we cannot provide you with your results upon completion of the exam. We conduct extensive quality control activities before releasing results to ensure that the examination is psychometrically sound and the data are accurate.
Periodically, the NBMTM conducts research using data compiled from examination results. Candidate anonymity is guaranteed in all such cases.
Although the examination consists of 200 questions, the candidate’s score is based on 180 questions. Twenty questions on each exam are “pretest” questions and are used as part of the item evaluation for inclusion in subsequent exams. The method used to set the minimum passing score is the Angoff method, in which content experts have evaluated each examination question and determined how many correct answers are necessary to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to pass.
A candidate’s ability to pass the examination depends on the knowledge and skill he/she displays, and not on the performance of other candidates. Passing scores may vary slightly for each version of the examination. To ensure fairness to all candidates, a process of statistical equating is used. This involves selecting an appropriate mix of individual questions for each version of the examination that meets the content distribution requirements of the examination content blueprint. Because each scored question has been pretested, a difficulty level can be assigned. The process then considers the difficulty level of each question selected for each version of the examination, attempting to match the difficulty level of each version as closely as possible. Slight variations in difficulty level between different versions of the exam are addressed by adjusting the passing score up or down, depending on the overall difficulty level statistics for the group of scored questions that appear on a particular version of the examination.
Details of incorrectly answered examination questions and correct answers to questions will not be provided to the candidate. This practice is in accordance with best practices in the field of professional accrediting.
Candidates Who Pass the Examination
Candidates who pass their examination are allowed to use the designation BCMTMS after their name for the five-year period in which their certification is valid.
NBMTM reserves the right to publicly recognize any candidate who has successfully completed a BCMTMS™ examination, thereby earning the certification credential. Official certificates will be mailed four to six weeks after completion of the exam.
A directory of all board-certified practitioners is published and updated daily on the NBMTM website (www.nbmtm.org/verify). This list can be found using the “” page. Information on the current certification status of an individual will be provided in writing upon request.
Candidates Who Do Not Pass the Examination
Candidates who do not pass the initial certification examination must submit a Re-test application, including appropriate documentation and fees, and be determined eligible to retake the exam. An individual may retake the initial certification exam a maximum of four times per year, and no more than once every 30 days.
Scores Canceled by NBMTM
NBMTM are responsible for the integrity of the scores they report. On occasion, occurrences such as computer malfunction or misconduct by a candidate may cause a score to be suspect. NBMTM and Scantron are committed to rectifying such discrepancies as expeditiously as possible. NBMTM may void examination results if, upon investigation, violation of its regulations is discovered.
Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct
The National Board of Medication Therapy Management is an independent board that provides direction for and administers the certification process for pharmacists in medication therapy management. By completing and passing the certification exam, a certified pharmacist is setting a standard of quality care the public expects, demands and deserves. The codes outlined herein are to guide candidates and certified pharmacists in the performance of their professional responsibilities and to promote the mission of the NBMTM; to protect the public through the development, administration, and promotion of an accredited certification in medication therapy management.
Professional Care and Competence
a. Applicants and certified pharmacists shall act in a manner that justifies public trust and confidence, enhances the reputation of the profession and safeguards the interests of individuals and clients.
b. Applicants and certified pharmacists shall act diligently in accordance with applicable technical and professional standards when providing professional services.
c. Applicants and certified pharmacists shall pursue excellence in performing their duties.
d. Applicants and certified pharmacists shall meet and comply with all terms, conditions, or limitations of any professional credential they hold.
Professional Integrity and Objectivity
a. Certified pharmacists shall maintain a professional knowledge and skill level required to ensure that employers receive competent professional service based on current developments in practice, legislation, and techniques.
b. Certified pharmacists shall pursue excellence in performing their duties.
c. Certified pharmacists shall conduct all business transactions at arm’s-length and free from offers and solicitation of gifts and favors, or other improper inducements.
d. Certified pharmacists shall ensure the accuracy of information and soundness of recommendations forwarded to another involved professional, agency or institution.
a. An applicant or certified pharmacist shall not present fraudulent documents when applying for certification or recertification.
b. An applicant or certified pharmacist shall not use a title designation, credential or license, company name, letterhead, publication, term, title or document which states or implies an ability, relationship or qualification that does not exist.
c. An applicant or certified pharmacist shall cooperate with an NBMTM disciplinary investigation or proceeding.
d. An applicant or certified pharmacist shall not attempt to prevent or interfere with a complaint being filed or NBMTM disciplinary investigation or proceeding to occur. Interference attempts may include but are not limited to:
- The use of threats or harassment against, or an inducement to, any person in an effort to prevent or attempt to prevent a complaint from being filed, prosecuted or completed;
- The use of threats or harassment against, or an inducement to, any consumer or witness in an effort to prevent them from providing evidence in an investigation, disciplinary proceeding or any other legal action; and
- The willful misrepresentation of facts before the disciplinary authority or its authorized representative.
e. Judicial Review for applicants and certified pharmacists will adhere to the codes and bylaws of the Judicial and Ethics process, herein detailed in the Candidate Handbook.
Revocation of Certification
Certified pharmacists or persons wrongfully using the BCMTMS designation are subject to disciplinary action as defined in NBMTM’s Judicial and Ethics Policy and Procedures for the following types of actions: falsification of an application, violation of examination procedures or misrepresentation of the certification status.