"My employer values my CDM status and now has me training
other pharmacists in asthma."

Kevin Johnson, RPh, CDM
B&R Stores
Lincoln, Nebraska

 

The following are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding NISPC.
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What is NISPC?
What is NISPC Certification?
Why Should I Become NISPC Certified?
Who is Eligible to Take the Exam?
When are the Exams Given?
What is the cost?
How do I Register for the Exams?
How do I Prepare for the Exam?
Where can I get Additional Information?
How do I update my address?



What is NISPC?

The National Institute for Standards in Pharmacist Credentialing (NISPC) was formed in 1998 by the following organizations:

  • American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA)
  • National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)
  • National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS)
  • National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)

NISPC was developed by these organizations to satisfy the need for a nationally recognized credentialing process that establishes appropriate standards of care for and facilitates recognition of the value of disease state management (DSM) services provided by pharmacists.

 

What is NISPC Certification?

The National Institute for Standards in Pharmacist Credentialing issues the CDM (Certified Disease Manager) credential to pharmacists who successfully pass an examination in one or more of the following disease states:

  • Anticoagulation
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Dyslipidemia

Today, over 1,300 pharmacists nationwide hold the prestigious NISPC credential.

 

Why Should I Become NISPC Certified?

The NISPC credential:

  • Validates your specialized knowledge and skills
  • Enhances your professional image with employers, peers, and the public
  • Earns you national recognition in specific disease states
  • Increases your revenue generating potential
  • Symbolizes your achievement and commitment to the profession

 

Who is Eligible to Take the Exam?

Any pharmacist licensed in good standing with their state board of pharmacy. Two years of practice experience is recommended.

 

When are the Exams Given?

Exams are offered daily, in a computer-based format through Laser Grade Testing Centers. They are also offered at various pharmacy conferences throughout the year.

 

What is the cost?

The DSM examination fee, which includes the NISPC credential, is $250, with discounts available for multiple applications on the same registration form.

 

How do I Register for the Exams?

To register for an exam, contact the NISPC Testing Center (847) 698-6227.

 

How do I Prepare for the Exam?

Many pharmacists have used live or print continuing education programs made available by state and national associations and colleges of pharmacy to prepare for the exams. In addition, print study guides for the NISPC exams are available from APhA for asthma and diabetes. Please call APhA at 202-628-4410 for more information.

 

Where can I get Additional Information?

You can call NISPC at (703) 299-8790.

 


205 Daingerfield Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-299-8790

 

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