BCPA Exam Eligibility Criteria

Preface: The field of patient advocacy is represented by a diverse group of professionals who hail from a wide breadth and depth of backgrounds and educational experiences.

One goal of the PACB is to recognize the diversity of the practice. The following eligibility requirements and decisions were developed to meet that goal.

BCPA = Board Certified Patient Advocate. This is the credential that is awarded to those who pass the examination.

Note: PACB reserves the right to amend these eligibility requirements at any time. Current as of  12/10/2019

Criteria for Eligibility to Sit for the BCPA Exam Leading to Board Certified Patient Advocate Certification

Education Requirement

For the first four (4) testing cycles (approximately two (2) years), there have been no education requirements for eligibility to sit for the examination. The data from the first four exams has been analyzed to identify any correlation(s) between education and passing the exam. While the data suggests that individuals with at least an Associate Degree are more likely to have success in passing the exam, no education requirement will be required for the next 2 exam cycles (March/April 2020 and September/October 2020) to allow for collection of a larger data set. During the exam application process, PACB will continue to collect education and experience data from applicants through a comprehensive survey process. Out of respect for sound decision making, the PACBoard reserves the right to implement education requirements in the future should the data indicate.

Patient Advocacy Experience Requirement

For the first four (4) testing cycles (approximately two (2) years), proof of prior experience in patient advocacy has not been required to sit for the examination. The data from the first four exams has been analyzed to identify any correlation(s) between experience and passing the exam. No experience requirement will be required for the next 2 exam cycles (March/April 2020 and September/October 2020) to allow for collection of a larger data set. During the exam application process, PACB will continue to collect education and experience data from applicants through a comprehensive survey process. Out of respect for sound decision making, the PACBoard reserves the right to implement experience requirements in the future should the data indicate.

Other License or Certification Requirement

For the first four (4) testing cycles (approximately two (2) years), there has been no existing certification or license requirements for eligibility to sit for the examination. The data from the first four exams has been analyzed to identify any correlation(s) between licensing in complementary fields and passing the exam. No licensing or certification will be required for the next 2 exam cycles (March/April 2020 and September/October 2020) to allow for collection of a larger data set. During the exam application process, PACB will continue to collect education and experience data from applicants through a comprehensive survey process. Out of respect for sound decision making, the PACBoard reserves the right to implement licensing or certification requirements in the future should the data indicate.

Citizenship Requirement

There are no citizenship or country of origin requirements to be eligible to sit for the exam.

Criminal Background Check Requirement

No criminal background check will be required for certification, before or after the exam. However, PACB recommends emphatically that all professional and aspiring advocates voluntarily undergo a background check and make the results public in order to garner trust among potential patient-clients.

Proof of ability to conduct the essential tasks of the profession

A candidate’s ability to conduct the essential tasks of the profession will be assessed through the exam itself. Exam questions will be based on the documents published on the www.PACBoard.org website:

  • Ethical Standards
  • Competencies and Best Practices
  • Key Terms

 

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