BCPS Statistics Study Guide

This resource has been utilized by hundreds of pharmacists taking board certification exams (i.e. BCPS, BCGP, BCACP, BCMTMS, NAPLEX, etc.)! Everyone who’s done some research on the BCPS Pharmacotherapy certification or other certifications understands that you have a basic understanding of statistics to pass the exams. That fact is most certainly true and this study guide provides the essentials.

Like most, I don’t enjoy studying statistics. I wanted to create a BCPS Statistics Study Guide that gave you the critical pearls you need to know without overwhelming you with details, frivolous information, and baffling equations that you don’t need to waste valuable time on.

I’ve created a 30+ page PDF full of the most important statistical principles that are relevant to medication therapy and the BCPS Pharmacotherapy Exam. I walk you through case examples and have included various graphs to try to aid those who are more visual learners. In addition, the Meded101 BCPS Statistics Study Guide also contains a 20 question self-assessment quiz to test you on the basics and give you a feel for the type of questions you will be asked on the BCPS exam. Here’s what some customers have said:

Agatha Dang – “Thanks to your statistics review material, I am now certified in critical care pharmacotherapy!  I just checked my score today and I passed.  I graduated almost 20 years ago, and totally forgot my statistics.”

” I bought the stat package from you, and it was very helpful for the exams that I took yesterday. I don’t know if I’ll pass or not, but I just want to tell you how much it has helped me on the BCCCP exams.”

Craig C. – “I can say that as I looked over the material, I felt it was an excellent review for individuals taking the BCPS exam and the stats were a good, quick review for me preparing for the BCCCP exam.”

Mike M. –  “I was surprised by the ease it took me to understand the key concepts while reviewing your study guide. It was very reader-friendly and well written. For someone like me who has not had enough exposure to statistics, let alone biostatistics, it was of tremendous value.”

Toni – “It was very helpful for me and worth the money.”

N.A. – “You make stats easy to understand”

While this study guide was specifically designed for the BCPS exam, many of the BPS certifications like BCACP, BCOP, BCCCP, BCPP, etc. require a basic understanding of biostatistics principles for which this study guide may be beneficial as well.

Here’s an outline of important statistical terms you need to understand and what’s covered in the study guide.

  • Hypothesis testing
  • Independent and Dependent Variables
  • The p-value (alpha) and what it represents
  • The Beta value and what it represents
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Categorical Variables – Nominal and Ordinal
  • Continuous Variables
  • Ratio Scale
  • Interval Scale
  • Parametric Data Versus Non-Parametric Data
  • Discrete Variables
  • Statistical testing
  • Statistical testing for nominal data
  • Statistical testing for ordinal data
  • The Normal Distribution
  • Relative versus Absolute Risk
  • Number Needed to Treat or NNT
  • Number Needed to Harm
  • Odds ratio
  • Hazard Ratio
  • Correlation
  • Bias in Study Designs
  • Three Types of Clinical Literature
  • Study Designs – Listed In Descending Order of Strength
  • Level of Evidence
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Confounding variables
  • Survival Analysis
  • Kaplan Meier
  • Clinical Versus Statistical Significance
  • Internal and External Validity
  • The Basics: HIPAA, IRB, NIH, OSHA roles in conducting research

This Stats Study Guide is also available in our All Access Passes. Save HUGE $$$ when packaging our test prep material together!

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If you have any questions, please feel free to email me personally at [email protected]

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I cannot thank you enough – very much appreciated- the charts / tests and slides had a huge impact on my passing the BCPS. Your site made a huge difference and is very well organized. I really feel you covered the areas Pharmacology, Regulatory, and Biostatistics very well.

Joseph Dougherty

I would like to say thank you for your BCPS study material. Having practiced as a pharmacist for just over 10 years in Australia, I have always try to keep myself up-to-date with current guidelines, the latest evidence, and clinical knowledge. However, having failed twice previously, I needed guidance that is succinct and focused on pharmacotherapy and pharmacy practice in the US context – your study material provided exactly that. I have done basic biostatistics post-graduate and your stat study guide was a good revision for me (especially the table showing an overview of important statistical tests). I think your recently-added regulatory study guide was what really pushed me over the pass mark – that 32-page was enough for me to understand the important roles each organization plays in the US healthcare system.

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Mary B.

I was surprised by the ease it took me to understand the key concepts while reviewing your BCPS study guide. It was very reader-friendly and well written. For someone like me who has not had enough exposure to statistics, let alone biostatistics, it was of tremendous value.

Mike M.

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