A few months ago, we produced a study schedule for the BCPS exam and one for those seeking BCGP certification. Some of you who are looking for Ambulatory Care study help have spoken up which is greatly appreciated! Many of you have asked for a BCACP study schedule.
I will say it is difficult to develop a one size fits all study schedule. I will explain how to use our BCACP study schedule in this post. If you are just here for the free download and would like to get on your way, find the link here.
How Long Should I Prepare?
As part of your BCACP study schedule, I would strongly encourage targeting at least 3 months out to start looking over the material. This will help make sure that you are not in over your head. Some pharmacists have more time per day than others. I have heard of pharmacists taking only a month or two to study. That is a little too close for comfort for me, but maybe you like to live dangerously! Ideally, I would review the concepts and start looking at the material at about 6 months from your BCACP exam date. Maybe you don’t need to start hardcore studying until 3 months, but developing your BCACP study schedule and gameplan at the 6-month mark would be ideal. If you feel that you don’t have a strong ambulatory care clinical background, taking a few hours to develop a gameplan 9-12 months out would be appropriate. I know of a significant number of pharmacists who do look out that far ahead. Definitely take a look at the BCACP content outline @ the BPS website prior to developing your study schedule.
How to Use the Meded101 BCACP Study Schedule
Our BCACP study schedule is not a schedule per se but is intended to help you target which areas you need to study most. It allows you to do that by letting you document how many hours you’d like to study each topic. There is a significant chunk of regulatory, ambulatory care practice nuggets, billing codes, statistics, and other “non-medication” related topics that you have to prepare for. You can see that I strongly encourage dedicating the majority of your study time for those topics in comparison to a specific disease system (i.e. GI, Cardiology, etc.). We’ve estimated approximately 100 hours of study time. I think that is a solid amount. You may think you have 200 hours or maybe some of you have only 50.
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Do I Have to Know Statistics for the BCACP Exam?
Yes. I wanted to include this question because I was recently asked it in relation to the content outline. Statistics principles are absolutely included in the content outline and you should prepare for it. We have created an awesome
Our study schedule also allows for accountability. It allows you to fill in how much time you have spent on a given topic. It also allows documentation for how much time you would like to spend on a topic. This will help keep you on task and make sure that you aren’t too focused on one or two topic areas.
With a substantially low pass rate (about 1/3 will fail), you have got to be prepared for this exam if you want to pass. This is WAYYYY tougher than the NAPLEX. At a minimum, I do believe that the BCACP Study Schedule can help keep you on task. It also allows you to study smarter, and gives you more confidence when it comes time to take the exam!
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