Healthcare is a rapidly changing industry, especially with regard to technology and healthcare policy. Patient advocates must remain well informed on the dynamic changes in health care issues, policies, laws, and practices that affect the healthcare consumers and the clients they serve.
The Patient Advocate Certification Board (PACB) believes that individuals certified as patient advocates (BCPA) must continue to expand their skills to maintain and enhance the quality of service they provide to clients.
Board Certified Patient Advocate Certification Renewal
- To maintain certification, BCPAs must renew their certification every three (3) years via continuing education or re-examination.
- The continuing education requirement stipulates that 30 clock hours of continuing education (CE) must be completed within the 3-year period. Of the 30 hours, a minimum of 6 hours must be dedicated toward the Ethics domain.
- Academic institutions, professional organizations or providers of continuing education interested in having a course or activity pre-approved by the Patient Advocate Certification Board may submit materials to do so. Pre-approved courses will be listed on the PACB website to support re-certification efforts and opportunities.
Applying to Become an Approved Continuing Education Provider
Academic institutions, professional organizations or providers of continuing education interested in having a course or activity pre-approved by the Patient Advocate Certification Board may submit materials to do so. Pre-approved courses will be listed on the PACB website to support re-certification efforts and opportunities.
Benefits of Continuing Education Pre-Approval
The Patient Advocate Certification Board has elected to offer a pre-approval process to ensure high-quality continuing education programs are being offered to individuals who have earned the BCPA credential.
BCPA pre-approved Continuing Education (CE) credits are valid for 12 months from the program date. Programs must be renewed in subsequent years to remain as qualified continuing education programs.
Pre-Approved Continuing Education Provider Benefits
Pre-Approved Continuing Education Providers will be listed in PACB’s Provider Directory, which will include program titles and organizational contact information. The directory allows for Pre-Approved Continuing Education (CE) Providers to promote approved programs and activities directly to those who have earned the BCPA credential.
I have been a professional patient advocate for over 30 years, but BCPA are the first letters to appear after my name. I am not a nurse or a social worker, so when people ask me what my credentials are, I am thrilled at the response I get when I can say that I am a Board-Certified Patient Advocate. Clients feel a sense of confidence in knowing that I didn’t just make up a title, Patient Advocate and that there is a process to ensure that I have passed a rigorous testing procedure to use the title.